The Japanese government has permitted foreign law firms to establish offices in the country since 1987, but it was only in 2005 that it became possible for foreign lawyers to practise alongside local lawyers. The liberalisation of the market in response to globalisation also coincided with a new era of openness towards foreign investors by the government. To read more please click here.
Who’s Who Legal recently attended Hogan Lovells’ Africa-themed annual press party celebrating the firm’s recent establishment in Johannesburg. The office is the result of a combination with firm Routledge Modise, which took place on 1 December 2013, broadening the firm’s sub-Saharan Africa capabilities and adding to its global platform. Following the party, Who’s Who Legal spoke to Nick Cray, chief operating officer, and Steve Immelt, chief executive officer, to find out more about the firm’s recent developments and strategy.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has merged with Houston, Texas based Gerger & Clarke adding five criminal investigations lawyers to its roster.
International law firm Hogan Lovells has announced a merger with Mexico’s Barrera Siqueiros y Torres Landa (BSTL). Scheduled to take place in August, the merger will create one of the largest firms in Mexico with 70 lawyers split between offices in Mexico City and Monterrey working under the name Hogan Lovells BSTL.
Jorge Sánchez-Dávila, former senior partner at Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados, has joined international law firm Haynes and Boone in Mexico City. He arrives with two associates
Anne Marie Whitesell has become professor and director of international dispute resolution programmes at Georgetown University Law Centre. She had already served for several years as an adjunct professor at the university.
Gerold Zeiler, currently a partner at Schönherr, will be leaving the firm at the start of 2015 together with eight other legal professionals to launch an independent practice.
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