Oilfield services specialist Maarten Scholten has been announced as the new senior vice president and general counsel of leading oil company Total. He will take up the position on 1 January 2014 at the company’s Paris headquarters.
Following an announcement in July this year, King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin have merged their respective practices under the King & Wood Mallesons title, forming the first global law firm headquartered in the Asia Pacific.
Vail Resorts, a leading mountain resort operator, has announced the appointment of Randall Mehrberg as executive vice president and general counsel. A regular Vail Mountain visitor and passionate skier, Mehrberg will take up his position on 2 December 2013.
Van Bael & Bellis has welcomed back David Hull as a partner in its competition practice in Brussels. He joins after 12 years as the head of competition at Covington & Burling, also in Brussels.
Former K&L Gates partner Laura Brevetti had been appointed as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). She took up the role on 7 October and is based at the company’s Stamford, Connecticut head office.
The country has experienced several "mega-mergers" in recent years that have transformed the legal marketplace. The latest includes Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski and the three-way merger between SNR Denton, Salans and Canadian firm Fraser Milner Casgrain, which resulted in Dentons, one of the largest law firms in the world. Canadian law firms have also been active with their own international expansions and tie-ups. Fasken Martineau merged with South African firm Bell Dewar in 2012 and Canadian insurance firm Nicholl Paskell-Mede merged with Clyde & Co in 2011. This year we identify 11 leading firms who achieve the highest number of listings in this edition, a mixture of both Canadian-founded and international firms. Blake Cassels & Graydon once again leads the way with 102 listings, more than any other firm. Blakes is especially strong in the areas of energy, banking and corporate tax, with its lawyers serving a diverse national and international client base. Coming second is McCarthy Tétrault with 75 inclusions across 25 different chapters. Close behind is Stikeman Elliott with 67 listings across 20 sections, boasting a particularly prominent presence in our capital markets and corporate governance chapters. We recognise a further eight firms including international heavyweight Norton Rose Fulbright, which boasts 57 inclusions in 23 sections of this edition. To view the results of our research please click here.
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