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Schellenberg Wittmer opens for business in Singapore

Philippe Borens

Leading Swiss firm Schellenberg Wittmer has expanded its presence into Southeast Asia with the opening of an office in Singapore. This is the firm’s first office outside of Switzerland where 140 lawyers currently reside.

Alterra Power appoints general counsel from Borden Ladner Gervais

Shannon Webber has been appointed as general counsel of Alterra Power. She will be based at the company’s Vancouver headquarters and will take up her position on 20 May.

Aviation finance specialist boosts Smith Gambrell & Russell’s New York practice

International law firm Smith Gambrell & Russell has hired leading aviation lawyer Marc Latman in its New York office. He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright.

PwC adds Pedro De la Fuente to management position in Argentina

Pedro De la Fuente, a leading corporate lawyer from Argentina, has been appointed managing director of the business law practice of PwC Legal in Buenos Aires. He joined from Rattagan Macchiavello Arocena & Peña Robirosa where he served for over a decade.

Who's Who Legal: 100

In this edition we select the leading global firms, as well as further sections covering Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, North America and offshore firms. Several firms stand out including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, our Global Firm of the Year for 2014. Bird & Bird is recognised as the market leader in four practice areas and Clyde & Co leads the way in both the insurance and aviation research. Sidley Austin is the pre-eminent firm in the US research as well as for trade and customs work. Regional and national firms make up a significant portion of this edition. In the Middle East and Africa section, Al Tamimi & Company continues to expand with three new offices opening in the past year, while Webber Wentzel maintains its leading position in South Africa. Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co is similarly well placed in India. In Europe, Loyens & Loeff is notable for its exceptionally strong pan-European tax practice, while three Swiss firms are singled out: Schellenberg Wittmer, Homburger and Lenz & Staehelin. We recognise seven firms in Latin America, including our Mexico Firm of the Year Basham Ringe y Correa. In North America we single out the foremost specialist firms including Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu and Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason Anello & Bohrer. We also recognise a range of top-tier offshore players in the global legal market, which includes our Guernsey Firm of the Year Carey Olsen and our leading private funds firm Maples and Calder. To view all the firms selected please click here.

Management Insight

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This edition features interviews with leading management figures at five of the top global firms. Newly elected global managing partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer David Aitman reveals the intricacies of his role and the firm’s plans for the future. David Kerr, CEO of Bird & Bird, talks about the firm's values and priorities, and how it will maintain its leading position in the global legal market. Mark Rigotti and Sonya Leydecker, joint CEOs of Herbert Smith Freehills, discuss the firm’s priorities for the future as well as the challenges and opportunities created by its 2012 merger. Carter Phillips, chair of Sidley Austin's management committee, reveals the firm’s values, his views on the developments in the global marketplace and plans for future growth. Meanwhile Stephen Kon, co-deputy chairman of the King & Wood Mallesons network, gives his perspective on its recent merger and integration, and how the firm is tackling changes in the legal market. To read these exclusive interviews please click here.

Competition guru joins Moroğlu Arseven in Istanbul

Turkish competition specialist Bora İkiler has joined Moroğlu Arseven in Istanbul as counsel. He joins from ELIG Attorneys-at-Law where he was a senior associate.

Fraud investigator is newest member of London’s gunnercooke

London firm gunnercooke has hired asset recovery specialist Laurence Katz as a partner. He joins from CKFT where he served since 2009.

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