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The German legal market’s distinguishing feature is its multiple centres for different practice areas: Frankfurt, as the largest financial centre in continental Europe, has been long established as a hub for German leading banking and finance lawyers, while Munich is home to major multinational life sciences clients. The distribution of key sectors across several cities is central to Germany’s economic strength, and the corresponding demand for quality legal services is reflected by the country-wide distribution of leading individuals in our research. Frankfurt is home to the highest number of listed lawyers (237), while the strong representation of lawyers in Munich and Düsseldorf (164 and 152 respectively) demonstrates the cities’ continuing status as prime locations for the leading German and international firms. To read more please click here.

Dentons expands life sciences practice with key hires in Paris

Life sciences expert Anne-Laure Marcerou has joined the Paris office of Dentons, alongside another partner and a team of associates, all of whom arrive from Dechert.

Morgan Lewis adds almost 700 staff from Bingham McCutchen

After several months of negotiation between both firms, Morgan Lewis has absorbed about three-quarters of Bingham McCutchen’s 300-strong partnership as well as 525 other lawyers and legal professionals from their Hartford, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, offices.

Jones Day hires top healthcare duo in Brussels

Healthcare and life sciences specialist Cristiana Spontoni has joined the Brussels office of Jones Day as a partner. She brings with her a fellow colleague from Squire Patton Boggs in Brussels, where they served in the life sciences practice.

Flavia Amaral opens IP focussed boutique in Sao Paulo

Leading franchise lawyer Flavia Amaral has left Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados to start her own practice, along with three other partners from a major firm in Brazil.

Hong Kong based litigator joins Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise & Plimpton has welcomed top litigator Mark Johnson as a partner in Hong Kong.

Akin Gump boosts global offering with the addition of 25 partners from Bingham McCutchen

International law firm Akin Gump has recruited 25 partners from Bingham McCutchen across its London, Hong Kong and Frankfurt offices. The appointment follows a series of announcements made by Akin Gump in September regarding its potential recruitment plans.

Canada: Leading Firms

This year, 10 firms stand out due to the high number of inclusions they achieve; four are domestic firms and six are international outfits. Blake Cassels & Graydon once again leads the way in our research with more listings than any other firm, cementing its position as one of the country's pre-eminent firms. With five offices in Canada and practices across a broad range of areas McCarthy Tétrault performs very strongly, as do Stikeman Elliott and Borden Ladner Gervais. Norton Rose Fulbright is the only firm we single out whose home jurisdiction is outside Canada, indicating that in an increasingly competitive market the traditional heavyweights are still thriving, despite the demise of Heenan Blaikie. To view the full results of our research please click here.

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