International Legal News

Clyde & Co?s £700m merger with BLM goes live

Combination creates UK's 11th largest law firm by revenue and largest casualty insurance team

Who won Luxury Law Awards ? and why

The top brands, law firms, legal teams and individuals honoured at Luxury Law Summit Europe

McDermott hires eight IP partners from Baker Botts to launch in Austin

New office will be headed by Baker Botts? former Austin IP head Kevin Meek

UK government appoints Freeths to oversee new compensation scheme for Post Office victims

More than 500 postmasters eligible for fresh compensation over Horizon IT scandal

Baker McKenzie completes 2022 partner promotions with 52-strong international round

Summer tally follows 23 North America appointments in January with the overall proportion of women rising incrementally to 37%

LGBTQ+ rights and the law ? looking back and looking forward

Reform in the UK has been slow and painful, but it has happened nonetheless and it is picking up speed, writes Jessica Keal of Simkins

M&A boom sees in-house teams almost double deal-related legal spend

Transaction advice represents 7.4% of all legal billing in 2021, up from 4.3% a year earlier

Guide to living and working as a lawyer in Australia

Everything you need to know about relocating Down Under

The demise of Roe v Wade ? an analysis of the critical group health plan issues for employers

Dobbs poses numerous questions for employers wanting to offer abortion benefits to employees working in anti-abortion states, writes Luke Bailey

Hogan Lovells creates new global leadership roles for growth and sectors

Phoebe Wilkinson and Patrick Ayad are named managing partners for growth and sectors respectively

BT announces multi-year expanded partnership with managed legal services provider Factor

Agreement includes increased deployment of ?empowered negotiators? with remit to take on more complex work

Eaton promotes new CLO from within as former head departs for Intel

Taras Szmagala takes top legal job after 15 years at the American-Irish power management giant

More than a dozen Am Law 100 firms commit to covering travel for out-of-state abortion care

Some 76 Am Law 100 firms have offices in states that have banned or restricted abortions, Above The Law research shows

BCLP secures real estate and insolvency partner quartet in Frankfurt from DLA Piper

German practice grows to 60 lawyers as firm targets further expansion in key market Germany

Morrison Foerster elects San Francisco M&A partner as new chair

Eric Takeshi McCrath will be the firm?s first ethnically diverse chair when he replaces Larren Nashelsky in October

Morgan Lewis expands in Seattle with arrival of 14 litigators from Calfo Eakes

New office will be co-led by prominent trial lawyers Patty Eakes and Angelo Calfo

UK law societies' Brussels office to close in response to Brexit

Move blamed on falling workload now UK has third country status with EU

Women in law don?t see pay equality happening in their working lives, UK study finds

Almost two-thirds of women say senior management at their firms aren?t prioritising gender pay

New York dominates as Debevoise & Plimpton promotes eight to partnership

Women account for 38% of the promotions, just under the firm?s 40% long-term average

Quinn Emanuel files $80bn damages claim for Ukraine over Russian invasion

US disputes specialist teams up with Ukrainian firm and UK barristers to launch Strasbourg proceedings

Star appellate attorneys quit Kirkland after Supreme Court gun victory

Duo to form boutique following Chicago giant?s decision to drop Second Amendment cases

Latham & Watkins hires WilmerHale?s former international arbitration head in New York

John Pierce will co-chair Latham?s international arbitration practice alongside Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Ashurst to open in Texas as it targets US projects work

Third US office sets out to tap market opportunities fuelled by investment in infrastructure

US push helps Kennedys post 8% revenue rise

Global turnover hits £286m for FY2021/22, buoyed by 24% hike in North America

Eversheds Sutherland expands Central and Eastern Europe business with Bulgarian tie-up

Firm combines with four-parter Sofia-based outfit Tsvetkova Bebov & Partners

Crowell & Moring adds veteran disputes partner in Brussels from Allen & Overy

Werner Eyskens moves over as US firms continue run of partner laterals from UK rivals in Belgian capital

Sullivan & Cromwell, Freshfields advise on ?8.6bn Sitel and Majorel merger

Arendt & Medernach, Stibbe and Elvinger Hoss Prussen also advised on the deal

Gett head of legal joins London logistics startup as GC

Chris Fletcher?s hire follows Infinium Logistics launching £500m EV fleet charging real estate fund last month

Dentons hires DWF?s former Middle East finance and banking head as a partner

Umera Ali will split her time between the firm?s Dubai and Riyadh offices

UK litigation funders? war chests grow as class action interest mounts

Assets increased 11% to hit a record £2.2bn last year, according to RPC study

Squire Patton Boggs launches UK ESG strategy, commits to net-zero carbon emissions by 2035

US firm also pledges to introduce full supplier audit and achieve 25% women partners by 2026

Herbert Smith Freehills secures trio of tax partners from ex-Australian ally as it switches to PwC

International firm pledges to build 'leading tax offering' as bulk of associate firm Greenwoods joins Big Four giant

Ashurst, Arnold Bloch Leibler advise on Aussie crypto exchange merger

Crypto exchange Swyftx is combing with trading platform Superhero to create $1.5bn business

Paul Hastings? London arm scoops partner duo from CMS and Morgan Lewis

Los Angeles firm continues run of lateral hires as it targets London and New York growth

Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith Freehills act in £5bn London real estate merger

All-share merger of Capco and Shaftesbury one of the largest public M&A deals to be announced this year

Stephenson Harwood boosts London litigation team with Latham hire

Dan Smith joins UK firm as a partner after more than a decade at US firm

Apple, Google GCs among LCLD members making public diversity pledges

Promises are part of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity?s Leaders at the Front campaign

K&L Gates secures Brussels antitrust partner from Linklaters

Nikolaos Peristerakis is the third Brussels-based lawyer Linklaters has lost to a US firm this year

Cleary Gottlieb hires HSF?s former German managing partner to boost corporate practice

M&A lawyer Nico Abel joins New York firm?s Frankfurt office

Why systems support is the way to a good night?s sleep

The need to maintain legaltech has an important regulatory angle, explain 3Kites? Paul Longhurst and Richard Kemp of Kemp IT Law

Holland & Knight adds veteran tax partner in Colombia as LatAm growth continues

Florida-based firm's focus on LatAm investment yields latest addition to network

Keating Chambers CEO to depart for risk consultants Kroll in London

Declan Redmond will take up an international business development role at the company

Fennemore agrees tie-up with 113-year old East Bay firm Wendel Rosen

Deal adds 56 lawyers to Fennemore?s roster, taking its total headcount to 250

Six Flags adds chief legal officer from Sabre six months after axing GC role

Aimee Williams-Ramey joins following 'strategic reorganisation' that saw GC Laura Doerre leave last December

Squire Patton Boggs adds two real estate partners in Paris

Estelle Vernejoul and Thomas Coëffé each join along with one associate from AVOCATALYSE and Taylor Wessing

Brown Rudnick elects tax partner as next chair and CEO

Vincent Guglielmotti takes over from William Baldiga as US firm's youngest ever leader

Herbert Smith Freehills? CEO appointed to ICC?s executive board  

Justin D'Agostino welcomes appointment at ?critical time for business, industries and economies?

Guide to lateral moves and partner hiring

Everything you need to know about making a lateral move or hiring a partner by Nick Robbins of Nicholas Scott Global Legal Recruitment

Corporate legal spend shifts more in-house, report finds

More than half of legal spend was in house compared to 49% last year according to survey of 400-plus legal departments

Complex EU data rules hindering data-driven business models, survey finds

Some 63% of GCs say data regulation is too confusing, according to Osborne Clarke and ECLA study

Wachtell and Hogan Lovells lead on $26bn deal for Prologis to buy Duke Realty

Alston & Bird and Fried Frank also secure roles as all-stock deal follows previous unsuccessful $24bn bid in May

Clifford Chance adds funds partner in Hong Kong from Kirkland & Ellis

Liyong Xing is the third partner to leave Kirkland in Hong Kong since the start of the year

WilmerHale hires former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara

The US attorney turned podcast star joins as a partner in the firm?s New York office

Shearman & Sterling looks to home for latest partner promotions round

US lawyers dominate 12-strong cohort following last year?s mainly international round

?A fantastic initiative? ? senior figures welcome launch of volunteering scheme for business ops teams

Fifth Day taps into employees? desire for sense of purpose by providing pro bono-style clearing house

Davis Wright Tremaine bolsters financial services offering with boutique tie-up

Merger with McGonigle sees Seattle firm double financial services headcount and add offices in Richmond and Chicago

Revenue jumps 19% at Osborne Clarke to ?407m as UK PEP nears £800k

Top 25 UK firm hands out 5% profit share to its UK employees along with performance bonuses of up to one quarter of base salary

Freshfields and Kirkland advise on Hong Kong's second SPAC listing

Vision Deal is the second SPAC to be listed on the HKSE since rules changed in January

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre announces new leadership

CMS lawyer Mariel Dimsey is named new secretary-general as Sarah Grimmer steps down after six years

Freshfields promotes London disputes head to lead global practice

Sarah Parkes takes reins as UK firm looks to build in US and establish pioneering German mass claims unit

Fast-growing Canadian startup 1Password adds former top Shopify lawyer as first CLO

Erin Zipes? arrival follows Toronto-based company raising $620m earlier this year at a $6.8bn valuation

In-house counsel see total compensation jump by more than a fifth in 2021, study finds

Male GCs and senior counsel out-earned their female counterparts, according to BarkerGilmore

Eversheds Sutherlands expands Irish business with Kenny Solicitors tie-up

Kenny?s founder Graham Kenny will become a partner in Eversheds? disputes practice

Paul Hastings celebrates 'milestone' hire of Gibson Dunn's M&A co-chair in New York

Eduardo Gallardo is latest high-profile addition in Big Apple as headcount nears 400

Matheson hires Mason Hayes & Curran partner to lead EU competition and regulatory practice

Niall Collins moves over in Dublin as real estate partner Karen Sheil joins from William Fry

Brown Rudnick promotes Johnny Depp's lawyer to partner

Camille Vasquez regarded as key to landing $15m verdict in favour of Depp

RPC bolsters insurance ranks with partner hire in London from Mayer Brown

Mike Newham joins amidst rising insurance cases against banks and financial institutions

Founders Forum invests in fintech-focused virtual law startup Chronos Law

Chronos will be rebranded Founders Law as part of the deal

Goodwin raids Latham & Watkins for corporate partner trio in Santa Monica

New hires will sit in firm?s technology practice, following double private equity partner hire earlier this month

Guide to living and working as an offshore lawyer: Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda

Everything you need to know about relocating to an offshore jurisdiction

Morrison Foerster adds another West Coast partner from Perkins Coie

Life sciences specialist Matthew Ferry becomes the sixth partner to have moved over since the start of the year

Clifford Chance hires first-ever global 'head of wellbeing' from Aon in London

Charles Alberts will create and lead the firm's wellbeing strategy and consult on mental health and general staff welfare concerns

BCLP announces summer placement scheme for English and French law students

Programme is for students completing dual degree at Queen Mary University and Paris 1

Cybersecurity experts say law firms need to act more proactively on cyber risk

Threats such as ransomware attacks are getting more sophisticated, according to SecurityHQ

IBA launches major project examining lawyers' role as ethical gatekeepers

Project announced following ?sustained charges levied against the profession? relating to perceived greenwashing and facilitation of illicit financial activity

Allen & Overy and Linklaters eye US growth with lateral partner hires

A&O adds to corporate team in Silicon Valley as Links boosts employee offering in New York

Barnes & Thornburg hires healthcare compliance team from Bass Berry in DC

Arrivals include former Bass Berry DC managing partner John Kelly, who joins as chair of Barnes & Thornburg's healthcare department and industry practice

Undervalued lawyers more likely to suffer well-being issues, study finds

Almost half of those lawyers say they have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder

Nigel Boardman among legal heavyweights recognised in Queen?s Birthday Honours

Former Slaughter and May partner knighted alongside ex-Attorney General as lawyers from Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright and Ince's brand ambassador also receive awards

Kirkland, Cooley advise on Bristol Myers Squibb?s acquisition of oncology specialist Turning Point

Deal is valued at $4.1bn and gives BMS access to Turning Point Therapeutics' pipeline of cancer drugs

Hogan Lovells? Moscow office spun out to create new independent firm

Level Legal Services launched this month alongside relocations and 'some' expected redundancies

Nigerian firm Aluko & Oyebode joins African legal alliance ALN

Deal expands ALN?s coverage to 16 jurisdictions and third in West Africa

Goodwin adds private equity heft in the US with partner hires from Kirkland and Gibson Dunn

Andrew Kimball and Andrew Cheng join in Washington DC and Santa Monica respectively

Sheppard Mullin names next Chicago managing partner ahead of office relocation

Liisa Thomas takes over for Larry Eppley, who leads the firm's hospitality industry team

Part-time partners included in largest promotions round to date at Australia?s Lander & Rogers

Seven made partner alongside 12 special counsel and 30 senior associates in response to ?strong firm growth?

Hogan Lovells names new head of Silicon Valley base ahead of Redwood City move

Jane Ross takes over from Chris Moore who was appointed in October

Norton Rose Fulbright boosts US West Coast projects team with MoFo partner hire

Renewable energy lawyer Elizabeth Sluder joins firm in Los Angeles

Ex-Singapore politician launches Dubai?s first regulated NFT investment company

Cedar White Bradley advised Calvin Cheng Web3 Holdings, which was set up under Dubai?s new digital assets law

RPC and Pallas Partners secure key arbitration hires in London

As RPC appoints London team head from Stephenson Harwood, Pallas builds on launch with first partner lateral

Former HSF global CEO Mark Rigotti departs legal practice for business leadership role

Rigotti to head up Australian Institute of Company Directors in wake of recent retirement from HSF's partnership

Linklaters and Clifford Chance eye US growth with lateral partner hires

Linklaters grows financial regulatory team in Washington while CC boosts its New York funds bench

The Global Legal Post timeline: ESG and the law

How law firms and their clients are responding to the environmental, social and governance movement

NautaDutilh appoints new managing partners, creates inclusion partner role

Changing of guard comes after firm opted to stick with same management team through worst of pandemic

Ince bolsters Greek presence with seven new faces for Piraeus office from rival firms

Rise in volume of work sees new arrivals join shipping litigation and ship finance teams from firms including Hill Dickinson and WFW

Guide to working as an in-house lawyer

Everything you need to know about making an in-house career move

Herbert Smith Freehills named principal legal partner of Sydney WorldPride

The firm will provide the flagship LGBT+ event with legal advice and support

Skadden and Orrick advise on ECARX's $3.8bn SPAC merger with COVA Acquisition

Deal includes an additional $45m investment from Geely Holding Group, Luminar Technologies and Lotus Technology

Law firm mergers: the cultural iceberg below the surface

If people buy off people, then it?s the individuals mergers bring together that will ultimately make them a success or failure, writes Jeff Zindani

LawtechUK 'created a sense of urgency' around tech adoption in legal sector, impact assessment says

Programme includes a regulatory sandbox and an online dispute resolution platform offering SMEs a cheaper alternative to resolving late payment disputes

Herbert Smith Freehills opens construction and infrastructure hub in Malaysia

Partner Craig Shepherd will lead hub from firm?s existing Kuala Lumpur office

'An incomprehensible loss' - Skadden mourns death of M&A trailblazer Scott Simpson

Simpson, who passed away suddenly at 65, was one of Europe's most influential M&A lawyers

Former CNBC lawyer joins executive recruitment platform True as GC

Aisha Christian was earlier general counsel for Rent the Runway

Baker McKenzie turns to rising star to revamp Johannesburg leadership

Appointment follows last summer?s controversy over ?management issues? at office

Squire Patton Boggs makes third lateral partner hire in Paris this month

Maxime Dequesne's arrival from Lamartine follows that of partners from DLA Piper and Shearman & Sterling

Women dominate Corrs Chambers Westgarth's partner promotions round

Australian firm promotes eight partners, of whom six are female, as it continues on growth path

BLM salaried partners to become legal directors under Clyde & Co merger plans

Around 140 salaried partners face having to apply to regain partner status in 'disruptive and potentially unsettling' process

Kennedys doubles Indian tech office size as it eyes further headcount expansion

Kennedys Kognitive Computing in Kerala now has space to add up to 40 more employees

McDermott continues run of transactions partner hires with trio in New York and Atlanta

Partners join in New York from Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden as a former King & Spalding counsel comes aboard in Atlanta

Dublin readies for debut International Disputes Week in June

Inaugural forum will combine a one-and-a-half day conference with other law firm-hosted events

Dust settles on Dubai arbitration reforms as DIFC-LCIA?s Robert Stephen joins boutique

Registrar of superseded centre lands at Ghaffari Partners as international opinion remains divided over shake-up

Shakespeare Martineau expands into Southwest with Bristol merger

Tie-up with GL Law adds more than 60 professionals and takes turnover at parent company to more than £100m

Addleshaws to exit Hong Kong as DWF announces tie-up with local boutique

Just as one top 30 UK firm shifts main Asia focus to Singapore, its listed rival enters market

Corporate insolvency in England and Wales ? the state of the market

A recent increase in insolvencies represents a catch-up effect from the pandemic but there is still much vulnerability in the economy, writes Fladgate?s Jeremy Whiteson

Six London law firms back creation of new black British civil rights organisation

Magic Circle firms Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Slaughters among the six

Osborne Clarke helps Paris crypto-asset manager secure regulatory landmark

Arquant Capital becomes first digital asset manager to be authorised by top regulator

Dentons extends flexible working trial for UK, Ireland and Middle East offices

Firm launched You Choose last May to positive feedback from lawyers and staff

K&L Gates hires four renewables partners from Husch Blackwell as it launches in Kansas City

Three of the four will be based in the new Kansas City office, with the fourth joining in Austin

CMS appoints new managing partner for Kyiv office

Energy specialist takes helm as Ukrainian team looks to future and rebuilding phase

Dentons adds 17th Africa office with Tunisia tie-up

Latest instalment of firm's pan-Africa expansion follows deals in Mozambique and Nigeria last year

Skadden adds DLA Piper energy co-chair in Houston

Drew Baldinger also served as DLA Piper's M&A vice-chair

Fieldfisher names finance and corporate duo as co-managing partners for Netherlands

Marinus de Waal and Frans-Jozef Crousen take over from Marcel Willems in Amsterdam

Linklaters and Duane Morris advise on India's largest-ever IPO

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas provide local law advice on LIC's $2.7bn listing

France's Mermoz Avocats doubles lawyer headcount following merger with local PE boutique

Combination with HPML sees Mermoz reach 50 fee earners - twice that of its January launch

To be, or not to be? compliant, that is the data retention question

3Kites? Paul Longhurst and Richard Kemp of Kemp IT Law on how law firms are adapting to GDPR

Osborne Clarke adds five-strong pensions team from BDB Pitmans

Team is led by partners David Hosford and Chris Netiatis as Pitmans exits pensions

Davis Polk?s Asia head withdraws from conference on Hong Kong security law

Agreement to participate ?did not reflect an endorsement? of topics, says veteran partner

Davis Polk draws fire for speaking at event to mark anniversary of Hong Kong's national security law

Wall Street firm 'denounced' over Asia chair's billing to speak at department of justice conference, Financial Times reports

Nine judiciaries launch global network to promote alternative dispute resolution

US, UK, Singapore, and Germany among those to sign up to Judicial Dispute Resolution Network

Freshfields adds another Cravath dealmaker in New York as it pushes US growth

Jenny Hochenberg follows Damian Zoubek?s arrival at the Magic Circle firm last September

Winston & Strawn and Kirkland & Ellis both target ?dynamic? Miami with new offices

Chicago firms take different routes south, Winston through lateral hires while Kirkland opts to relocate team

Willkie launches capital markets practice in Frankfurt with double partner hire from McDermott

Arrival of Simon Weiss and Joseph Marx brings US firm's lawyer headcount in Germany to 54

Listed UK law firm Knights expands again with £11.5m South East acquisition

Bolt on of Portsmouth-based Coffin Mew adds 102 fee earners and follows recent acquisitions in York and Sheffield

London-listed companies face rising class action threat, Thomson Reuters study finds

Class action lawsuits for FTSE 100 entities increased 10% last year to 170 cases

UK legaltech firm Legl raises $18m in Series B round backed by Octopus Ventures

Latest cash injection will help startup expand its product offering, hire new staff and tap new markets

Dentons expands in Dublin with triple partner hire

Addition of energy and projects and M&A lawyers follow global giant's launch in the city in 2020

Quinn Emanuel sets out plans for fifth German office in Berlin

Recruitment market and client proximity cited as key drivers for firm's first foray in eastern Germany

Picking up the pieces: claiming compensation in Ukraine

Taras Bezpalyy, head of criminal law at Ukrainian law firm Legal Alliance, considers how businesses can collect compensation for damage caused by an aggressor state

Multidisciplinary dispersed firm launches to target UK high-net-worth clients

Barrister and private banker join forces in venture with ?fully flexible? model

Paul Hastings lands high-profile infrastructure partner trio from Shearman & Sterling in New York

Hires follow arrival of 18-partner restructuring team from Stroock in March

Travers Smith promotes 11 to partner in largest round to date

Promotions reflect firm?s core focus areas of asset management, M&A and disputes and investigations

Germany's Hengeler Mueller names next co-managing partners

Real estate specialist Thomas Müller and M&A lawyer Bernd Wirbel set to take the reins in July

Ex-Dechert London partner leaked details of client investigation to press, judge rules

UK court finds in favour of former mining client ENRC after closely watched 47-day hearing

European law firm association Advant launches international secondment programme for associates

Initiative intended to offer junior lawyers ?exciting professional and personal development opportunities? in a competitive market

BASF announces global programme to boost diversity among its panel firm lawyers

Initiative follows similar scheme in North America that has seen a doubling of diverse relationship partners

DLA Piper, Roschier advise Philip Morris on $16bn cash offer for Swedish Match

Global firm fielded lawyers from more than 20 offices; Mannheimer Swartling and KANTER advise target

John Quinn assumes executive chairman role in leadership shake-up at Quinn Emanuel

Litigation giant 'expands formal leadership' with appointment of two co-managing partners to help run firm

Simpson Thacher re-hires real estate finance partner from Kirkland in London

James Esterkin re-joins the firm five years after he left for Chicago-based rival in 2017

Linklaters announces new Singapore leadership

Melvin Sng named office?s first senior partner while Jonathan Horan succeeds Christopher Bradley as national managing partner

Terra in the crypto markets

Turmoil caused by stablecoin's collapse will unsettle investors, generate disputes and flush out fraud, writes RPC?s Christopher Whitehouse

Women made up 49% of Fortune 500 general counsel appointments in 2021

Drive by major US corporates to boost diversity bearing fruit as the remit of GCs also broadens, research finds

'My path to law was not a linear one': Louis Vuitton?s senior counsel on landing her dream job

Tiffani McDonough on how she arrived at Louis Vuitton, being mentored by Barbara Kolsun and creating the next generation of fashion lawyers

Wizz Financial hires White & Case partner as next general counsel in Dubai

Adrianus Schoorl joins fintech with more than 25 years of financial regulatory experience in Europe, the Middle East and North America

Evisort raises $100m in latest funding round led by venture capital firm TCV

Series C round will help the US legaltech start-up accelerate its global growth plans

Cooley and Milbank tapped to bring Grindr through $2.1bn SPAC deal

Freshfields also advises on high-profile transaction with Singapore-based blank check company

HFW signs deal to move to new London skyscraper

UK-based firm takes advantage of flexible working regime to reduce footprint by 25%

Top brands to explore new frontiers in luxury at London?s Luxury Law Summit  

Leading figures from Prada, Valentino, Net-a-Porter, Bremont and Cipriani all feature in speaker line-up 

Kirkland & Ellis lands M&A ?rising star? partner from Cravath in New York

Partner Allison Wein is the second dealmaker to leave Cravath in the last eight months

Ropes & Gray and Sullivan & Cromwell advise on Pfizer's $11.6bn acquisition of migraine pill maker Biohaven

Deal marks Pfizer's largest acquisition since it bought cancer drug company Medivation for $14bn in 2016

Ashurst and Travers Smith lead as Morrisons wins bidding war to rescue McColl's

Acquisition takes McColl's out of administration and saves 16,000 UK jobs and 1,160 stores nationwide

LexisNexis acquires Parley Pro to bolster its CounselLink enterprise legal management platform

Deal adds contract lifecycle management tools to its legal spend and matter management capabilities

Linklaters becomes latest UK firm to implement menopause policy

Move follows similar announcements by rivals including Freshfields and Stephenson Harwood

Majority of global businesses significantly impacted by fraud and serious misconduct, study finds

Cost of internal investigations also increasing, particularly for large organisations, according to Kroll

Herbert Smith Freehills hires workforce strategy head from PwC for new role

Firm says appointment reflects ?highly competitive talent market and unprecedented external disruption and uncertainty?

Ince launches investigation over behaviour of senior staff at Cardiff restaurant

Owner accused group of ?inappropriate? behaviour towards waitress in Tweet that went viral

In-house law versus private practice ? the old assumptions no longer apply

Charlie Harris weighs up the pros and cons for associates considering a move in-house

Diversity Lab certifies first cohort of midsize firms in NFL-style diversity programme

Some 26 US firms were certified for their efforts to boost underrepresented groups in senior roles

Fieldfisher doubles graduate training programme intake at Belfast legal support centre

All five of last year's programme participants secured permanent roles at the firm

Space-based solar power: a disputes minefield?

Once science fiction, power generation in space is on the horizon, raising important legal questions, writes David Hunt

Fladgate rings in UK financial reporting season with 30% revenue jump

Income at top 100 London firm reaches £66.5m with PEP also expected to hit record high

RPC makes up 10 to partnership in latest promotion round

Women make up half of this year?s cohort, up from 30% in 2021

Orrick raids RPC for 'rising star' London tech partner

Arrival of recently made-up partner Peter Sugden set to boost US firm's European venture capital offering

Norton Rose Fulbright hires partner from Cliffe Dekker to lead Cape Town banking and finance team

Izak Lessing joins NRF in Cape Town two days after it appointed Michelle David as regional chair

Kennedys makes up record tally of 22 partners including six in Australia

Women make up nearly 60% of round that is more than double the size of last year?s

US employers split on Covid jabs, with just under half mandating vaccines, study finds

Littler survey shows percentage of employers requiring vaccination almost doubled since August

Allen & Overy unveils tech incubator's 'largest cohort ever' as it kicks off sixth edition

Group includes seven startups chosen in collaboration with A&O's clients

Norton Rose Fulbright adds EY partner duo to lead EMEA legal transformation arm

Alex Fortescue-Webb and Daniel Marks collectively bring 15 years of legaltech and innovation experience to NRF Transform

?Once in a generation? investment sees KPMG pledge to double size of UK legal arm

Big Four accountancy giant to take on a further 220 lawyers by the end of 2024

Join us as a leader in the ?business as a force for good? movement

Hanson Bridgett was the first law firm to earn certification as a B Corporation and hasn't looked back, writes Samir Abdelnour

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance refreshes global antitrust leadership team

Marc Besen is named global co-chair while Richard Blewett will lead the Brussels competition practice

Comparative Guides:Luxury Law 2022

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Comparative Guides:Fashion Law 2021

Fashion Law 2021 is a comparative guide providing answers and insight into the law around the business of fashion in 18 jurisdictions around the world. Our experts provide guidance on areas such as the effective legal protection of brands, the rules around e-commerce and marketing as well as how to navigate sustainability guidelines.

Fashion Law 2021: Australia

The Australian Fashion and Textile Industry includes design, textile, manufacturing, retailing, marketing, events, and education activities. It is a valuable contributor to the Australian economy and it is also an important contributor to Australia?s creative and cultural fabric. In 2021, according to a report released by the Australian Fashion Council, the Australian fashion industry contributed more than $27 billion to Australia?s economy. The Industry employs more than 489,000 people, 77% of whom are women.


Fashion Law 2021: Brazil

The Brazilian fashion industry generates around 1.5 million of jobs and has the fifth largest textile industry in the world. In 2019, the fashion industry had a turnover of R$185.7 billion (www.abit.org.br/cont/perfil-do-setor), becoming a promising sector with new technology and sustainable developments. Notably, the fashion luxury market is growing due to an increasing number of Brazilian millionaires, which in 2010, according to Capgemini, was 86,000 (www.capgemini.com/es-es/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2019/07/World-Wealth-Report-WWR-2019.pdf).

In Brazil, ?iconization? of brands is a characteristic of the new fashion era. Trademarks are still at the center of the market interest. Trademarks in fashion are a way of communication, a way of free speech and status. Brazil has a continental dimension. Many cultural, artistic, and folkloric aspects are reflected in fashion and accessories.

However, many legal and social challenges in the productive chain are still faced in our country, such as the informality of workers, the distribution chains, or tax aspects. On the other hand, it is undeniable that the Brazilian creativity and strong exotic culture may contribute to placing Brazil first among worldwide brands (Natura is an example of this importance). Brazil is a paramount leader in beach wear and denim sectors. Designers such as Alexandre Herchcovitch or Alexandre Birman are examples of contemporary influence associated with Brazilian culture in fashion.

Fashion law in Brazil is interdisciplinary and transversal, touching many areas of the law, not only intellectual property or trademarks. Often consumer, labor, contractual, tax, corporate, advertising and even environmental law are involved.  


Fashion Law 2021: China

“China” in this chapter refers to Mainland China and does not include Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan.

China is now a major contributor to the world fashion industry. China has transformed from an inexpensive manufacturer into a place where every area of the fashion industry is represented. Malls in any city of substance have outlets for almost every major fashion brand in the world. This is only part of the story, however. China is now an important source of the resources that support the fashion industry: models, fabrics, design, machinery and equipment and logistical support. 

In 2020 the total revenue from textile and clothes production was approximately US$210 billion; for textiles exported from China it was approximately US$153.8 billion; and for clothes exported from China, approximately US$137.4 billion. (Figures from The White Book on Intellectual Property Protection in China’s Clothing Industry, published on April 25, 2021 by Beijing Intellectual Property Judicial Protection Association in Beijing, China.)


Fashion Law 2021: Finland

The turnover of the Finnish textile and clothing industry was EUR 3.95 billion in 2020, and the industry employed 18,000 people in a total of 3,180 companies. The export of textiles and fashion goods out of Finland totalled EUR 648 million.

Finland has a strong track record of technical innovations, and Finnish textile innovators are ambitiously seeking to solve global climate challenges. One example of the Finnish textile industry?s carbon handprint (a measure of beneficial greenhouse gas impacts) is the production of recycled and cellulose-based textile fibres in Finland and the export of the related expertise.

Finns are known for favouring domestic brands, and consumer interest in sustainable business is clearly on the rise. Beloved consumer brands range from classics, such as Marimekko and Andiata, to newer arrivals, such as Makia.


Fashion Law 2021: France

In France, fashion remains the sector the most affected by counterfeiting activity, increasingly online. Further, its capital city Paris is known all around the world as the capital of fashion. Therefore, French law is quite protective and enforces the IP rights of the fashion industry using diverse and specific tools.


Fashion Law 2021: Germany

Several years ago, Oprah Winfrey asked the internationally famous fashion designer Ralph Lauren how he manages to re-invent himself in these short terms of fashion seasons. He answered bluntly: "You copy … Forty-five years of copying, that’s why I’m here." (Farkas, Nachahmungsschutz und Schutzrechtskumulation am Beispiel von Modekreationen, Baden-Baden 2016, p. 23.)

So, it seems that copying is the way to be successful in fashion industry. However, that does not mean that fashion designers copy their competitors but instead may return to old designs and styles, sometimes from several centuries ago. If this is the case, these old designs are no longer protected (if they were at all). However, in many cases designers go back only a few fashion seasons. This is the reason why Intellectual Property Rights are important to safeguard fashion designers' interests.


Fashion Law 2021: Greece

Creativity has always formed an integral part of the Greek culture and tradition. One need only to consider the events that have taken place in Greek historical monuments and cultural heritage sites (such as the recent Dior fashion show held at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro) in June 2021) to understand the great influence that Greek culture has on the fashion industry at a global level.

The turnover of the Greek fashion industry was EUR 3.2 billion in 2020 (significantly lower than the average EUR 4 billion ? due to the global Covid 19 pandemic), with textile and clothing representing EUR 2.6 billion, footwear EUR 685 million and sportswear EUR 658 million.

Alongside iconic domestic brands such as Zeus & Dione, Vassilis Zoulias, Ancient Greek Sandals, Mary Katrantzou, Sophia Kokosalaki, Dimitris Dassios, Yiorgos Eleftheriades and Celia Kritharioti, there is a considerable number of emerging Greek designers dedicated to sustainable, ethical fashion, using environmentally and socially friendly manufacturing techniques and materials.


Fashion Law 2021: Hong Kong

Hong Kong has long been one of the top markets for fashion goods. In recent years, the fashion industry in Hong Kong has been hit hard by social unrest and the COVID-19 outbreak. In the first three quarters in 2020, the number of tourists dropped by over 90% according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). On the other hand, the value of clothing export from Hong Kong fell by 34% to US$8.24 billion due to regional competition, according to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) research. However, with its duty-free policy and robust IP protection regime, Hong Kong has proven to be a resilient market and has shown signs of recovery as the city starts embracing the paradigm shift to e-commerce.


Fashion Law 2021: India

Rapid growth in the global economy has placed a premium on innovation and Intellectual Property rights. There is no denying that Intellectual Property rights have served as a catalyst spurring innovation and accelerating growth. India has transitioned from a process-patent oriented system to a product-patent system using The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) as an opportunity to amend its laws and the TRIPS-compulsions as an opportunity to make giant strides in this well-known but unexplained terrain.

After Pharma, a crucial sphere of IP rights in India is the fashion industry. Although IPR attempts to tackle the emerging issues of fashion law, it will nonetheless always remain an unfinished chapter in view of the ever-expanding horizons of law.


Fashion Law 2021: Ireland

The Irish fashion market is a mixture of foreign-owned high street stores and independent Irish designers. Many international designers, such as Louise Kennedy, Paul Costello, Simone Rocha, Peter O'Brien, and Philip Treacy are originally from Ireland.


Fashion Law 2021: Israel

During the last few decades, local manufacturing of fashion goods in Israel has decreased significantly, partly due to rising production costs. Simultaneously, Israeli consumers' preference for international fast-fashion brands is growing and the sales are increasingly shifting to e-commerce. At the same time, Israeli designers have been making a name for themselves internationally (for example a few years ago, a quarter of all wedding dress designers in NYC Bridal Fashion Week were Israelis).


Fashion Law 2021: Italy

The fashion industry in Italy generates over 80 billion Euro (8.5% of the manufacturing industry) and employs almost 500,000 people (12.5% of the workforce). In the period from 2019 to 2021 the fashion industry saw a steady and considerable growth, reporting an 8% increase in 2021, doubling the estimate based on previous years. Aside from the most notable high-end luxury brands, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) still constitute the majority of the operators in the field.


Fashion Law 2021: Singapore

Singapore has a highly educated, tech-savvy, and digitally connected population, which has resulted in a boom in online fashion shopping. Singaporean shoppers have high expectations of the online shopping experience and an increasing number have also begun prioritising personal alignment with brand values such as sustainability and diversity.

The fashion industry is characterised by speed, transience, and obsolescence. Technological advancements have facilitated easy copying and counterfeiting, necessitating robust intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies.

This chapter introduces Singapore’s strong and reliable intellectual property regime. Singapore is well positioned in its move towards becoming a global intellectual property hub in Asia, and provides a conducive environment for intellectual property development, protection, and enforcement.


Fashion Law 2021: Spain

Nowadays, Spain is one of the most important countries in the fashion industry, having traditionally been at the forefront of fashion and elegance. Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pedro del Hierro, Amaya Arzuaga, Paco Rabanne, Custo Dalmau, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, Adolfo Domínguez, Modesto Lomba, Victorio & Lucchino and Roberto Verino: they are just some of the representatives of the fashion industry in Spain. In this context, Spain has found its place in the fashion industry thanks to companies, popular events and designers that have conquered the international market with impressive results and success. In this sense, Spain is synonymous with competitiveness, creativity and innovation and, therefore, intellectual property is a vital tool to protect fashion products in Spain.


Fashion Law 2021: Thailand

Thailand has many attributes that make it attractive to fashion industry professionals. With a history of silk production and a start-to-finish supply chain, the country plays an important part in the global fashion industry ((for more information, see the brochures on the "Textile Industry" page of the Thailand Board of Investment website).

In order to strengthen its reputation on the world stage, Thailand has been working hard to ensure that the intellectual property (IP) rights of participants in the fashion industry are protected. The Thai Trademark Act was amended most recently in 2016 and included increased protection for non-traditional trademarks, among other modernizations. Another milestone was achieved in 2017, when Thailand joined the Madrid Protocol. In the near future, amendments to both the Thai Copyright Act and Patent Act are expected. All of these changes demonstrate that the Thai government is dedicated to ensuring that IP owners have confidence in doing business in Thailand.


Fashion Law 2021: United Kingdom

As of 1 January 2021 the UK is no longer a member of the European Union. EU Regulations that were in force on 31 December 2020 were brought into English law and thus there may currently be little difference to the pre-Brexit situation. However, in the future, as EU Regulations and laws change, English law will not change but will create its own laws, thereby diverging away from European law. Hence the contents below are accurate as of 2021 but are liable to material change over the next few years.


Fashion Law 2021: United States

The US fashion industry is comprised of a chain of highly valued fashion designers, manufacturers, suppliers/vendors, marketers and retailers, producing a wealth of high-end, moderate and basic products sold around the world. While the industry has traditionally been based on seasons and trends, recent advances in technology has helped propel the industry to new creative fetes, making lawyers who can keep up, not only with changing trends, but constantly changing innovation, essential. The concept of fashion law in the US is not always straightforward or easy to protect: it requires creativity and incorporates various legal disciplines, including intellectual property, advertising and marketing, contract, corporate, commercial sales, real estate, employment and international trade and customs laws. A true expert in fashion law will have a deep understanding of the industry and these concepts, but more importantly must come prepared with novel and innovative ideas for protection.


Fashion Law 2021: Vietnam

The textile and garment industry is a vital part of Vietnam’s economy, and the country has emerged as one of the top textile producers and apparel exporters in the world. Although the industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, government policy support and effective tools to protect IP rights in the fashion space are reasons for investors to be optimistic about the industry’s post-pandemic future in Vietnam.