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Law firm merger creates leading Latin American firm

Latin American firms Philippi Yrarrazaval Pulido & Brunner Abogados (Chile) and Prietocarrizosa (Colombia) have merged to create one of the region’s largest law firms, with Uría Menéndez acquiring a 30 per cent stake of the new firm.

Lefosse Advogados hires disputes resolution team in São Paulo

Lefosse Advogados has hired the former head of arbitration at Veirano Advogados, Pedro Maciel, along with partner Carlo Verona and 14 associates.

Mark Holah officially joins Bird & Bird in London

Top trademarks lawyer Mark Holah has joined Bird & Bird as a partner in its London office. He was previously head of the trademark and brand protection group at Field Fisher Waterhouse, where he served for 13 years.

Covington & Burling welcomes competition expert Brussels

Andrea Zulli

Andrea Zulli, a competition expert based in Brussels, has joined Covington & Burling as of counsel serving in the firm’s EU competition group. He previously headed the Italian antitrust and competition group at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Abhijit Joshi establishes Veritas Legal in Mumbai

After 14 years at AZB & Partners, leading corporate lawyer Abhijit Joshi has left to establish his own practice. Veritas Legal in Mumbai will be a large full-service firm comprising two partners and several senior associates and associates.

Liad Whatstein & Co is launched in Israel

Liad Whatstein, the former head of litigation at Dr Shlomo Cohen & Co, has left to establish his own firm, Liad Whatstein & Co. The boutique will provide services in all aspects of IP including patent infringement and oppositions, patent term extensions, trademark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting, as well as patent and trademark prosecution.

Germany: Leading Firms

This year, we pick out seven firms in this section owing to standout performances in our research. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the undisputed giant in the German market, particularly in relation to corporate and competition law. Hengeler Mueller, Noerr and Gleiss Lutz feature as the pre-eminent national firms, each with listings in more than15 practice areas and offices across the country; while CMS Hasche Sigle is noted for its performance in TMT and arbitration law. Global firms Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells are also singled out for recognition for their leading positions in the German legal market.  To view the full results of our research, please click here.

Germany: Practice Areas

In our analysis of the German legal market we feature 851 leading lawyers across 33 distinct practice areas.  The newly amalgamated technology, media and telecoms chapter lists more experts than any other practice area. This is indicative of the industry's key status in the German economy, driving a number of M&A deals in particular. The life sciences industry is also performing strongly with a growing demand for contentious, regulatory and transactional lawyers in this space. Meanwhile, tougher regulations in the wake of the financial crisis have dramatically increased the number of companies under investigation by regulatory authorities; as such, our inaugural investigations chapter takes a look at the leading German lawyers in this area of law. We also feature a special life sciences practice area review. Christine Kanz and Florian Gerhardt of Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft provide an analysis of major activities in Germany‘s life sciences sector over the last year, featuring landmark rulings from the European Court of Justice, the Federal Supreme as well as the Düsseldorf court. Click here to view the results of our research.

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