Anderson Mori to Offer EU-Japan Trade Advisement

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Posted on February 23, 2010 at 1:02 AM



With foreign lawyer Vassili Moussis’s certification as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi (registered foreign lawyer ), Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, a Japanese ‘big-four’ firm, will now offer EU legal advisory services in its antitrust & competition practice.This move will make Anderson Mori’s antitrust & competition p...

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Stephnson Harwood & Lo Changing Name to Stephenson Harwood

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Posted on February 9, 2010 at 4:02 AM



With the conclusion of the 30-year joint venture between Stephnson Harwood and Hong Kong law firm Lo & Lo at the start of the new year, Stephnson Harwood & dropped the ‘Lo’ from its name on February 1, 2010 and is now Stephnson Harwood. Its mainland China offices will follow once PRC regulatory approvals are ob...

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Freshfields Develops Global Investigations Practice as Regulatory Concerns Rise

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Posted on February 9, 2010 at 4:02 AM



Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has started a global investigations practice to assist multinational corporations on regulatory issues dealing with corruption and financial reporting. It will be a sub-group of the disputes group and will be comprised of 138 lawyers, including 65 partners, across 13 countries. The heads o...

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DLA Piper to Assist in the Creation of China’s Largest Software Company

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Posted on December 26, 2009 at 5:12 PM



DLA Piper announced last week that the firm is representing AsiaInfo Holdings, Inc in its merge with Linkage Technologies International Holdings Limited. AsiaInfo is a NASDAQ-listed provider of telecom software solutions and IT security products and services in China, serving, among others, China’s three telecom operato...

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DLA Piper To Overhaul Partnership Model with Help from PricewaterCoopers

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Posted on December 10, 2009 at 9:12 PM



DLA Piper has contacted PricewaterCoopers to help it usher in sweeping changes in its partnership model at its UK and international offices, excluding the US ones. The goal for the reforms is to substantially improve transparency for the entire partnership but especially the senior lawyers. The partnership structure ref...

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Hogan & Hartson Approve Merger Deal with Lovells

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Posted on December 9, 2009 at 8:12 PM



The partners at Hogan & Hartson have voted to merge with Lovells. With the successful vote, the two firms will become Hogan Lovells from May 1, 2010, forming a top 10 global practice with 2,500 lawyers and revenues of around $1.8 billion.Lovells managing partner David Harris and Hogan chairman Warren Gorrell will be...

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Hogan Lovells Model to Maintain Two Profit Centers But Align Partner Pay

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Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:12 PM



The Hogan Lovells model will maintain separate profit pools and accounting years, even with integrated governance and remuneration.  The proposed structure for the merger between Lovells and Hogan & Hartson would have the firms maintain separate partnerships in the US and UK/international.  It would also likely inc...

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Widespread Support for Move Away from Billable Hour

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Posted on December 2, 2009 at 11:12 PM



According to a new survey by consultants Hildebrandt, an increasing number of companies are paying their outside counsel by a system other than the billable hour.  A little over half of the 231 respondents to the survey stated that they either have started or will start negotiating non-hourly billing arrangements with t...

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Reed Smith Requests Non-Equity Partners to Pay to Remain Partners

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Posted on November 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM



Reed Smith will ask its non-equity partners to give back up to 15% of their base pay to retain partnership status.  The non-equity partners who do not pay the fee will lose their partnership status and can "opt to be a kind of salaried employee without those attributes of partnership," said global managing partner Greg ...

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Freshfields’s New ‘Milestones’ System Delayed

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Posted on November 25, 2009 at 1:11 AM



The debut of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s new associate development system has been delayed till 2011, and bonuses will be paid as usual in 2010. The next performance evaluation period in spring 2010 will be loosely based around the new ‘career milestone' system, but it will have no effect on pay, bonuses or career ...

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