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Duane Morris boosts New York arm with Satterlee Stephens merger
Addition of 60-lawyer outfit will make national firm's Manhattan practice its second-largest
'Alternative' legal business models and processes fast becoming the norm, report claims
Report on US market claims 'fundamental shift' under way as clients take control of relationship with their advisers
Clyde & Co forms Chile alliance as Squire Patton Boggs targets Lat Am growth
International law firms highlight Latin American focus as they seek to grow regional work
Law firm investment in automation lagging behind other sectors, survey finds
Firms struggling to adopt new tech due to lack of skills and poor legacy platforms despite employee appreciation of digitisation's benefits
Reed Smith launches in Brussels after hiring partners from five rival firms
New hires forge fifth continental office for the firm, anchored in competition, regulatory and trade capabilities.
Spanish independent ECIJA secures Mexican merger
Chacón & Rodríguez deal adds to ECIJA's growing Latin American network of offices
Annual US patent grants at all-time high
Samsung tops the IFI's global ranking with most patents currently held, while IBM leads again with most US patent grants in 2019
Singapore's PK Wong joins forces with litigation boutique
Former EY Singapore firm merges with Nair & Co to form PK Wong & Nair
Initiative to grow black GC count at top US companies boosted by website launch
Black General Counsel 2025 site contains directory of GCs and application process for 'GC-ready' candidates
Around the house: The latest general counsel appointments across the globe
Rio Tinto's new general counsel starts in her new role while the co-founder of the initiative Black GC 2025 switches companies
New law pioneer Atrium lays off lawyers in restructuring
In-house legal team at high-profile start-up to be cut with most legal advice now provided by independent advisers
Norton Rose Fulbright launches suite of online law services for Canadian clients
Firm claims tech platform requires little coding enabling it to design new services quickly
Polsinelli teams up with UnitedLex to launch litigation support centre
Am Law 100 firm signs deal to utilise alternative service provider's proprietary ediscovery know how and capabilities
French firms kick off 2020 with merger
MGG Legal and Voltaire Avocats have announced their merger under the name MGG Voltaire.
Top 10 dispute resolution trends for 2020
In a new report, Baker McKenzie has identified ten of the biggest topics emerging in the field of dispute resolution.
Legal ops company in combo
Legility and Inventus to combine and aim to create 'world's preferred partner' for legal operations services.
Senior executive advisor forum launches in London
With senior executives making headlines, a forum for their advisors will be launched in London next month discussing legal and reputational issues for corporates.
Managing reputation risk for senior executives: marrying the legal and PR response
The reputations of corporates and their senior executives are more closely linked than ever. But what steps should a company take when an employee faces a media storm?
Clyde & Co offers dispute resolution agency service
Firm moves to offer bespoke agency service to the Scottish market, giving law firms outsourced disputes capability.
Cooley launches in Singapore
New dawn as firm's 16th global office seeks to take up opportunities across Asia, including in venture capital.
Reynen Court's financing accelerates legaltech offer
Single platform for legal technology prepares for commercial launch with $3m of additional funding.
Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton agree to merge creating a top 50 US firm
Partnerships vote through deal to forge Troutman Pepper in second national law firm merger in a month
Wachtell, Sullivan and Kirkland top global M&A ranking after a near-record year for mega deals
US firms dominate Mergermarket's 2019 legal advisor league tables; Europe and APAC regions witness sharp falls in deal activity
Australia's law firms step up efforts to help bushfire victims as crisis grows
King & Wood Mallesons, Ashurst, Herbert Smith Freehills and Gilbert & Tobin among firms providing aid
Insurance solutions grow for Turkish M&A deals
Warranty and indemnity insurance is relatively new to the Turkish M&A market but the number of projects involving them is expected to grow.
Debevoise to move headquarters to New York's fashionable Hudson Yards district
Am Law 100 practice joins growing roster of law firms committing to Manhattan's far west side business district
Dentons to launch in Ireland after hiring partner duo from top local firms
Global giant promises to grow Dublin office quickly after securing founding team from William Fry and Matheson
UK supermarket giant Asda secures new general counsel from Mars
Helen Selby to join Walmart-owned grocer amid speculation it is gearing up for a float
Around the house: The latest general counsel appointments across the globe
The founding partner of a firm that boasts Donald Trump as a client features in this week's round-up
Winston & Strawn closes Dubai office in major strategy shift
Chicago-based international firm puts closure down to evolving client needs as team joins Squire Patton Boggs
Allen & Overy wins licence to launch Shanghai joint venture
UK magic circle firm is latest international practice to offer Chinese law capability through local alliance
Singapore's top judge reveals government scrutiny of new law regulation
Chief Justice highlights 'worrying' lack of tech investment by local law firms as alternative legal service providers come under spotlight
US law firms secure record number of tie-ups in 2019
Deals involving small firms dominate M&A tally of 115; Dentons accounts for bulk of crossborder transactions
Hong Kong's Law Society and Bar condemn 'outrageous' graffiti accusing top judge of bias
Representative bodies step in to defend judiciary as pro-democracy protests show no signs of dying down
BCLP secures seven-partner Paris team from French independent Franklin
Addition of 21 lawyers is largest collective hire since BCLP's formation; Franklin secures eight-lawyer team hire
MeToo, diversity, Brexit and new law: a look back at 2019's biggest stories
The Global Legal Post reviews the legal stories that made the headlines
UK lawyers celebrate 100th anniversary of law granting women access to profession
Landmark prompts debate over obstacles to creating a level gender playing field
Blockchain payments provider BitPay hires its first general counsel
Eden Doniger joins Atlanta-based cryptocurrency leader as it bolsters leadership team
Global M&A falls in 2019 despite resurgence of mega deals
Research by Allen & Overy finds domestic deals propping up the market as cross-border activity slumps by 27%
Top Dutch firm NautaDutilh helps secure historic court ruling demanding climate action
Leading independent firm teams up with boutique Höcker to win case forcing Dutch government to cut emissions
Halliburton turns to long-term adviser Baker Botts for next general counsel
Head of litigation Van Beckwith follows well-trodden path from client's adviser to its general counsel
Foreign bidders drive Australia's public M&A market
American, Canadian and Japanese investors target Australia for deals, according to Minter Ellison research
Hogan Lovells votes in Asia head Zaldivar as new CEO
Venezuelan partner is chosen as international firm's next leader
Relief after ECJ backs global data transfers
Ruling that Facebook can rely on standard contractual clauses welcomed although question marks remain
Bar president urges senators to protect 'sacred' constitution with impartial Trump trial
New York State Bar president delivers passionate call for senators not to be partisan during historic impeachment trial
Dentons hires signal Paris TMT practice launch
Data privacy and AI expert departs from Simmons with associate to set up team
Legal sector credited for underpinning London's global city status
Report highlights law's role in making UK largest net exporter of financial services despite Brexit fears
US national stalwarts Faegre Baker and Drinker Biddle to create top-50 firm
Duo to join forces in February in what they are portraying as merger of equals
US litigation boutique lights up bonus season with $115k-plus pay outs
Susman Godfrey sets the pace in an otherwise predictable bonus round for big law associates
Jersey-based firm lists in London to fund US and European growth
Alternative asset management specialist MJ Hudson raises £31m after listing on London's AIM market
Top Brazilian law firm opens for business in Tokyo
In rare international move for Latin American firm, Pinheiro Neto launches in Japan
Latest gender pay gap figures reveal extent of diversity challenge facing top UK law firms
Linklaters joins magic circle rival Allen & Overy in reporting its latest gender pay gap numbers with little evidence of progress
Law firm marketers to target social media in bid to stand out from the crowd, survey finds
Annual Lexis Nexis marketing survey finds marketers bemoaning broad-brush approach and looking to digital for better results
Geopolitical uncertainty and poor performance of unicorn IPOs blamed for fall in global listings
Listings down by 20% despite some mega IPOs as research by Baker McKenzie predicts a subdued 2020
Legal profession to benefit from UK government's vision for innovation-led economy, report states
Hogan Lovells election briefing cites 'powerful reasons' for optimism over UK deal activity
Landslide UK election result met with relief by City firms
Johnson triumph ends Brexit deadlock, but experts warn of unprecedented deadline for EU trade deal
Norton Rose and Clayton Utz appoint new leaders in Australia
First female managing partner for Norton Rose; Clayton Utz promotes international strategy head
CMS adjusts billable hours targets to encourage innovation
Lawyers working on innovation projects can count work towards targets
HSF appoints chief exec as Allen & Overy prepares for leadership votes
Justin D'Agostino gets nod at Herbert Smith Freehills while A&O faces contested elections
Climate change risk flagged as growing headache for company directors
Forty per cent of respondents to survey of directors 'very worried' by global warming threats
Clyde & Co boosts governance with first non-executive directors
Former Lloyd's of London and Grant Thornton heads to join management board on 1 January
DWF unveils €50.5m acquisition of Spanish independent firm RCD
UK-listed firm will use deal as platform for expansion into Portugal and Latin America
Stephen Allen: 'Lawyers using the technology will triumph over those who do it the old way'
Q&A: Hogan Lovells' innovation head on the power of AI to enhance decision making and his obsession with quantum mechanics
Research highlights AI threat to UK legal profession
Four per cent decline in lawyers by 2027 predicted if AI take up is faster than expected
Sheppard Mullin launches team to protect clients' organisational integrity
New practice group promises a values-driven approach to solve reputational threats
Eversheds' new law arm launches tech product for in-house lawyers
Konexo unveils workflow and document management service as it pursues growth remit
GCs to face 'uncharted' AI challenges, report warns
Lex Mundi sets out risks posed for in-house lawyers by AI's 'profound impact'
Ashurst appoints global sustainability partner
Hong Kong-based head of high-yield tasked with addressing climate-change risk agenda
Pinsents' legal resourcing arm expands into Germany
Vario extends international reach with acquisition of Xenion Legal
US firms write off up to fifth of fees due to 'overwhelming' billing demands
Survey of nearly 200 law firms calculates that outside counsel guidelines are costing some firms $4m a year
Hogan Lovells underlines tech ambitions with head of innovation role
Service delivery director promoted with brief to work with the firm's US-based innovation partner
Law firms missing out with 'misguided' innovation drive, GCs claim
Top GCs tell report that firms are failing to tailor technology for their needs
Deloitte Legal launches UK tech incubator with 14-strong cohort
Accountancy giant's legal arm admits first start-ups to Deloitte Legal Ventures programme
Robotics and AI law think tank launches in Singapore
Government minister opens research unit operated by city state's national university
High Court puts brakes on Australia's litigation funding boom with landmark ruling
Lawyers digest implications of decision to strike down common fund orders
ABA warns US law firms not to 'punish' lawyers who defect to rival practices
New guidance underlines importance of keeping client interests uppermost when dealing with exits
San Francisco, London and Singapore among 10 cities vying for global legal tech crown
Report by The Law Society of England Wales highlights international competition to attract legal start-ups
Steptoe launches in Hong Kong with three-partner office
US top 100 firm says more hires to follow after launch of regulatory practice.
High profile hires see Supreme Court advocate and bitcoin regulator sign up with US firms
O'Melveny and Willkie Farr celebrate as leading practitioners quit public office for private practice
UK firms step up new tech investment despite tight budgets
PwC survey warns of technical debt danger as firms invest an average of £579k in new projects
Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Eversheds lead race to register UK lawyers in Ireland ahead of Brexit
Record year for admissions to the Irish Roll of Solicitors with applications up 163% in 2019
Business-friendly legislation stifled by UK's Brexit impasse, report finds
Research published by Thomson Reuters shows sharp decline in legislation passing into law
Facebook adds 'correction' to post under Singapore fake news law
Controversial law requires statements deemed false by government to be 'corrected'
UnitedLex CEO warns 'over-hyped' AI is in danger of 'losing meaning'
Dan Reed steps into AI debate with The Times article claiming many are in denial about its potential
Baker McKenzie sets new environmental targets
Baker McKenzie announces plan to significantly reduce its global carbon emissions over the next decade.
Calling out e-privacy regulation shortcomings
Flagging shortcomings, Hogan Lovell as calls for an alternative approach to regulating privacy in the digital economy.
Oxbridge prizes disability moots
Herbert Smith Freehills showcases promising new legal talent at the first-ever Oxford v Cambridge disability moot as 18 teams challenged for the prize
Squire Patton Boggs ship in new team
Reed Smith partners join firm to launch commodities and shipping group with more hires in the pipeline.
Partners worry over ?war for talent?
Survey reveals despite increase in average revenues, 84 percent of partners say retaining talent is key challenge amongst others.
Orrick's freewheeling engine
Firm marks Wheeling transformation with a renaming to the Global Operations & Innovation Center.
In-house at a "tipping point"
Law firm's white paper warns in-house legal functions they must adapt and be nimble to thrive in digital age.
Equator principles on the in-house agenda
General counsel finding sustainability risk is increasingly part their portfolio says Norton Rose Fulbright as they advise Equator Principles Association on wider adoption of EP4.
Arbitration most constructive in disputes
Legal counsel hails new research arguing arbitration is seen as the best process for resolving international construction disputes.
Around the house
Appointments from Australia to America, with a number of European appointments, ring the changes around the house this week.
HFW culls team from Locke Lord
Firm continues its Greater China transactional expansion with major team hire following recent hire of Locke Lord's Hong Kong managing partner and two other lawyers.
Matheson creates new digital services group
Responding to digital disruption and client demand for legaltech, Irish firm Matheson launches new, multi-disciplinary digital services group.
?Urgent need? to tackle online hate speech
Cardiff University in Wales and its Hatelab partners with Mishcon de Reya to launch online hate speech report to tackle ?urgent issue.?
Diversity needed in arbitration
Leading arbitrator calls for greater diversity in changing global arbitration landscape.
Brexit battering Irish confidence
Dramatic drop in confidence in the Irish legal sector over 12 months impacted by Brexit, although there is also much to celebrate says new report.
Thomson Reuters Elite expands Helm360 partnership
New product partnership aims to provide business intelligence solution for ProLaw Customers.
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