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Legacy LG loses entire Tite & Lewis team as remaining two quit for Wedlake Bell

Legacy Lawrence Graham (LG) has lost the final two partners who joined the firm from legacy Tite & Lewis in 2004, with head of corporate finance Christopher Tite leaving the firm for Wedlake Bell. Tite and real estate partner Louise Gowman started at Wedlake Bell earlier this month, as LG combined with Wragge & Co…

Fenwick & West opens first overseas office in Shanghai

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has expanded overseas for the first time with the launch of a Shanghai office. The US technology and life sciences-focused firm has launched a representative office in Shanghai after receiving the licence from China’s Ministry of Justice. The launch comes a year after the firm hired China partner Eva…

Osborne Clarke and Parabis among firms to increase promotions rounds

Osborne Clarke, Parabis, RPC and Shepherd & Wedderburn are the latest to reveal increased promotions rounds this year. Osborne Clarke has made up five new partners in its largest domestic promotion round for three years. Last year the firm made up three lawyers to partner, two in Bristol and one in London in its first…

Allen & Overy expands into Myanmar

Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the first magic circle firm to enter into Myanmar, with the launch of an office in Yangon. A&O’s Yangon office provides international legal services and will not practise Myanmar law. The new office is managed by Bangkok managing partner Simon Makinson and currently has two associates and two support…

4 New Square lures White & Case partner to the bar

White & Case arbitration partner Paul Cowan has defected back to the bar, joining 4 New Square after months of talks. Cowan, who leaves White & Case tomorrow after eleven years at the firm, said he has a number of old friends at 4 New Square, including Anneliese Day QC, and was not “knocking on…

Winston & Strawn hires DLA Piper Asia corporate head in Hong Kong

Winston & Strawn has hired a team of four corporate lawyers from DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office led by Asia corporate head Mabel Lui. Lui will become a partner in Winston & Strawn’s corporate department in Hong Kong. Lui was a veteran in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, who had been a partner at the…

HKFsi completes boutique acquisition

HowardKennedyFsi (HKFsi) has bolted on boutique firm CKFT, in a move that will boost its revenues from £40m to £45m. It emerged that the two firms were in talks in February at which point HKFsi had been in discussions with the North London firm for a number of weeks (25 February 2014). The completion of…

Linklaters appoints Wiggins as first female London corporate chief

Linklaters has appointed partner Sarah Wiggins to lead the City corporate practice, as predecessor Shane Griffin’s four-year term comes to an end. Wiggins, who takes up her new position today (1 May), was appointed to the role by the firm’s global corporate head Jeremy Parr. Wiggins already has a raft of leadership positions within the…

CMS and Dundas make 60 support roles redundant ahead of merger

CMS Cameron Mckenna and Dundas & Wilson have cut 60 support roles ahead of their £277m merger this week. Dundas has lost 40 support roles and CMS has cut 20 including from its third-party suppliers Integreon, Initial and Xerox (21 March 2014). It is not the first time CMS has put support roles in consultation…

Freshfields arbitration head relocated to Singapore

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has relocated its global international arbitration head to Singapore after a host of exits from the team. Partner Lucy Reed is heading to Singapore after locating from New York to Hong Kong in February 2012 (21 February 2012). The firm relaunched in Singapore in 2012 five years after withdrawing from the city…