Publication: Legal Week

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Osborne Clarke to break into Asia with Bird & Bird HK partner hires

Osborne Clarke (OC) is expanding into Asia with the hire of two Hong Kong partners from Bird & Bird.The firm has recruited Marcus Vass, the head of Bird & Bird's communications, media and technology group in Hong Kong and China, alongside transactional ... [Published Legal Week - 12 hours ago]
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Russia under sanctions: no longer business as usual

These are dark days for businesses and their lawyers who have been working for many years to develop trade and investment flows between Russia and other countries, as Morgan Lewis Moscow chief Brian Zimbler reportsThe EU and US have imposed tougher new ... [Published Legal Week - 12 hours ago]
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Ashurst loses global pro bono head to Gilbert + Tobin

Ashurst has begun the hunt for a new global pro bono head following the departure of Anne Cregan for Gilbert + Tobin.Cregan, considered a pro bono heavyweight, has joined the Australian firm as a special counsel. She took on the global role at Ashurst ... [Published Legal Week - 12 hours ago]
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Simmons seals South Africa alliance with Fasken Martineau

Simmons & Simmons has entered the South African market by forming a non-exclusive alliance with Canadian firm Fasken Martineau’s African arm.Fasken Martineau fully merged with Johannesburg-based firm Bell Dewar last February, with Bell Dewar managing ... [Published Legal Week - 12 hours ago]
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Clyde & Co overcomes regulatory delay for South African opening

Clyde & Co is set to open its South African offices today (1 August) after delaying its launch due to local regulatory restrictions.Legal Week understands that the firm was initially blocked from operating under its own name as local rules require firm ... [Published Legal Week - 20 hours ago]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Aug 01 2014 - 1 reports

Robert Tchenguiz settles long-running battle with SFO for £1.5m

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has settled civil damages claims brought by property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz and his businesses for £1.5m, days after settling with brother Vincent for £3m.The amount, settled out of court, will be paid to Robert Tchenguiz ... [Published Legal Week - Jul 31 2014]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

Exclusive: PwC becomes contender in Singapore legal market after sealing local tie-up

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has extended its legal offering into Singapore after sealing a tie-up with local firm Camford Law.The move is part of a wider plan at PwC to ramp up legal capability around Asia-Pacific , with the aim to boost Asian legal ... [Published Legal Week - Jul 31 2014]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

Dentons hires White & Case EMEA strategy director as new European COO

Dentons has hired White & Case's EMEA director of strategic projects Richard Singer as its new European chief operating officer.Based in Prague, Singer will be responsible for the business support teams across Europe including finance, HR, marketing and ... [Published Legal Week - Jul 31 2014]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

Clifford Chance appoints replaces Mark Campbell as finance chief as governance shake-up continues

Clifford Chance (CC) has appointed new heads of its global finance and capital markets practices, replacing Mark Campbell and David Dunnigan respectively, as part of managing partner Matthew Layton's overhaul of the firm's management.CC has also confirmed ... [Published Legal Week - Jul 31 2014]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

Regulator brings in alternative to training contracts in bid to open up profession

The Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) has introduced ‘a period of recognised training' as an alternative to the traditional training contract route to legal qualification.Changes to the requirement for solicitor training mean that experience gained ... [Published Legal Week - Jul 31 2014]
First reported Jul 30 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

CC and Rajah & Tann lead on Singapore IPO of Indonesian meat and dairy company

Clifford Chance (CC) and Rajah & Tann are advising on the Singapore IPO of Indonesian agri-food company Japfa, valued at approximately S$250m (£118m) according to media reports.The protein foods producer, whose core products include milk, beef and poultry ... [Published Legal Week - Jul 30 2014]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Jul 31 2014 - 1 reports

Research finds that in-house legal teams grew by a third last year

The size of the average in-house legal team across EMEA countries has increased by a third over the past year, according to research from legal recruiter Laurence Simons.Internal legal departments now comprise 16 lawyers on average, up from 12 in 2013 ... [Published Legal Week - Jul 31 2014]

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"Pro bono is part of our firm's DNA and remains a clear priority. The board and global managing partner have been very clear on our firm's strong commitment to this important practice."
OC global CEO Simon Beswick said: "We have been planning on supporting clients in a number of industry sectors on their legal needs in Asia for some time. Marcus' expertise in advising clients operating in digital business market as well as other industries fits perfectly into our sector approach."
"It is necessary to allow genuine assocations between local law firms and international firms" said director of the Law Society Thinus Grobler
"His appointment will support further improvements to the operational efficiency and business performance of the firm both at a regional and global level."

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