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Ukrainian firms merge to form Marchenko Danevych

Market leading Ukrainian firms Ulysses and Danevych law firm have combined to form Marchenko Danevych. The merger took place on 12 December with the firm now based in the former Ulysses offices in Kyiv.

Siemens promotes Baker & McKenzie alumnus as general counsel

Andreas Christian Hoffmann has been appointed as general counsel and head of the legal and compliance department at Siemens, based in Munich. He replaces Peter Solmssen, who will step down at the end of 2013 after six years as a member of the managing board.

New general counsel appointment for North American Title Group

Jefferson Howeth has joined North American Title Group (NATG) as senior vice president and general counsel. He is based at the company’s branch in Dallas and travels regularly to its corporate office in Miami, overseeing all legal and compliance functions of the company’s title insurance underwriter and agency subsidiaries.

Hogan Lovells continues expansion with South African firm merger

Hogan Lovells has merged with South African firm Routledge Modise. The combined firm is expected to rebrand and re-launch as Hogan Lovells in early 2014.

CBS hires new general counsel from Dell

Lawrence Tu has been appointed as senior executive vice president and chief legal officer of CBS Corporation. He will take up the position in early January 2014 and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

Pinsent Masons adds French firm to boost TMT practice

Pinsent Masons has expanded its international TMT practice with the acquisition of a six-strong team from Ichay & Mullenex Avocats (IMA) including name partners Diane Mullenex and Frédéric Ichay and Annabelle Richard who joins as a legal director. The team will join in the new year.

Willkie Farr boosts private equity practice with key hire

Leading private equity lawyer Kirk Radke will be joining the New York office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Radke boasts over 25 years of experience advising clients on debt and equity, credit facilities, venture capital, fund formation and acquisition matters.

UK Tax authority names Gill Aitken as general counsel

Gill Aitken had been appointed as general counsel at the UK HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). She will take up the role on 1 February 2014 based in London, replacing Anthony Inglese who is retiring after six years at HMRC and 38 years in total in the Government Legal Service.

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