Pedro Aguiar de Freitas has joined the Rio de Janeiro office of Veirano Advogados as a senior partner.
Jeffrey Gearhart is the new general counsel of US retail giant Wal-Mart.
Snell & Wilmer LLP has opened a new office in Los Angeles with the hire of eight lawyers from recently closed firm Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods LLP.
Jennifer Painter is the new general counsel to the global telecommunications equipment and services provider, MRV Communications.
Andrew Sherman has left the corporate and finance group at Dickstein Shapiro LLP to join the Washington, DC, office of Jones Day along with two of his colleagues.
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is launching its US litigation practice in New York with the hire of a specialist litigation trio including business crime defence experts Benito Romano and Aaron Marcu.
Global arbitration expert Steve Bond has joined the London office of Covington & Burling LLP.
The former chairman of Howrey LLP's antitrust practice John DeQ Briggs has joined the Washington, DC, office of Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP as managing partner and co-chair of the antitrust group.
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