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K&L Gates to replace Kalis with leadership duo

K&L Gates has unveiled the two partners who will succeed outgoing global chair and managing partner Peter Kalis, effective from 1 March next year. Current vice chair for practice management Michael Caccese will take on the role of chairman of the firm’s management committee while James Segerdahl, currently vice chairman, becomes global managing partner and […]

HSF launches new hub in Melbourne with 50-lawyer team

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched its third major alternative legal services hub in Melbourne. The new centre will be staffed by around 50 fee-earners and a further 15 support staff initially. The launch comes less than a month after HSF also extended its legal services business to China. The 13-lawyer Shanghai alternative legal services […]

Norton Rose Fulbright acquires Vancouver firm Bull Housser

Norton Rose Fulbright has acquired Canadian firm Bull Housser, adding 54 partners and a base in Vancouver to its global network. Bull Housser lawyers will be brought under the Norton Rose Fulbright name, with Bull Housser managing partner Janet Grove remaining managing partner of the Vancouver office. She will report to Norton Rose Fulbright Canadian managing […]

K&L Gates boss Kalis to step down after 20 years

K&L Gates chairman and managing partner Peter Kalis will step down after two decades at the firm when his term concludes next February. Kalis, who has served continuously as the firm’s leader since 1997, told the firm’s management committee in the summer that he would not stand for a sixth term in 2017. K&L Gates has […]

Cadwalader hires Bird & Bird disputes head

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has hired Bird & Bird co-disputes head Steven Baker in London. Baker’s appointment comes as the US firm is looking to boost its litigation and international arbitration offering. Baker was previously head of commercial disputes at Olswang until 2011. He spent around 10 years at the firm. His move to Cadwalader […]

Hogan Lovells’ Asia Pacific looks to expand in Shanghai

Hogan Lovells, formed via a merger six years ago, is looking at forming an association with a Chinese firm in Shanghai’s free-trade zone (FTZ). “China is a key market for us,” said Patrick Sherrington, regional managing partner for the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions at the firm. “We have certainly been considering the possibility […]

Addleshaw-Hunton merger talks on ice after Brexit vote

Merger talks between U.S. firm Hunton & Williams and U.K. firm Addleshaw Goddard have stalled following the U.K.’s June vote to leave the European Union. Partners at the firms have said that the discussions, which were first reported in May of this year but are understood to have begun at the end of 2015, have slowed down in […]