Linklaters gets access to SFTZ with Shanghai tie-up

May 22, 2018 Linklaters has tied up with Shanghai boutique Zhao Sheng, strengthening the best friends agreement between the firms that was made last April. The association gives Linklaters long-awaited China law capability. Upon approval from the Chinese government, the magic circle will be able to benefit from the Shanghai Free Trade Zone scheme, first initiated in 2013. The firm’s managing partner Gideon Moore and senior partner Charlie Jacobs have been angling for such an alliance for some time. Linklaters is not alone in its pursuit of being welcomed into the scheme, with other magic circle firms Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer laying groundwork for similar strategies. Comments and more »

BCLP announces first legal tech start-up Swiftagree

May 18, 2018 Fresh off its recent merger, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has launched legal tech start-up Swiftagree, an online contracting tool. Having just merged in April, the firm stated that the contracting tool, specializing in…

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K&L Gates continues energy growth with Orrick hire

May 18, 2018 K&L Gates has recruited Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe senior counsel Eugene Chang as a projects partner in Tokyo. Chang’s experience is in cross-border energy and infrastructure, structured finance, and more. He…

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Trends: US West Coast firms deepening roots in UK

May 16, 2018 The trend of UK growth among US West Coast firms seems to be solidifying, with ever-increasing UK lateral hires and rises in revenue indicating that the firms are finding a foothold. Seven of The Lawyer’s US Top 50…

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DLA follows trend with Dublin launch announcement

May 16, 2018 DLA Piper has made the official announcement of its Dublin launch, confirming expectations that have been circulating as other firms also set up offices in the city in preparation for Brexit. The first partner hired…

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