Author Archives: Gabe Friedman

Employees walk outside a factory that processes imported Smithfield Foods Inc. frozen pork at the WH Group Ltd. facility in Zhengzhou, China, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Will Chinese Law Firms Flourish As Their Clients Expand Overseas?

Will Chinese Law Firms Flourish As Their Clients Expand Overseas?

As China’s outbound investment has surged, with several multibillion dollar deals completed in the U.S. in recent years, a new paper suggests the country’s law firms could follow their clients overseas. “One of the ways in which the leading U.S. and U.K. law firms grew internationally was by following their domestic clients overseas,” Gail J. Hupper, a former research scholar

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King & Spalding Lands Former Top Bank Lawyer in NY

Richard Walker, who departed as general counsel of Deutsche Bank last year, has joined King & Spalding as a partner in New York, as the Atlanta-based firm continues to grow. Last year, the firm surpassed the 1,000-lawyer headcount mark, and has opened 15 offices since 2008 including a Chicago office earlier this year. At the

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World’s Largest Law Firm to Grow Business Through Referrals

With an estimated 8,600 lawyers, Dentons global chairman Joe Andrew likes to say he presides over the largest law firm in the world, and that it’s still not big enough. “Our clients come to us with problems,” Andrew said. “Those problems do not have a neat bow around them that says, ‘This is a legal problem,

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Ballard Spahr Acquires NY First Amendment Boutique

In the latest addition to its growing media practice, Philadelphia’s Ballard Spahr is set to acquire the 25-lawyer first amendment law boutique, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz. Earlier this summer, in June, the firm added Charles Tobin, a former Holland & Knight partner and in-house lawyer for Gannett, as co-chair of its national media and

A logo sits illuminated outside the Qualcomm Inc. pavilion at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday, March 2, 2015. The event, which generates several hundred million euros in revenue for the city of Barcelona each year, also means the world for a week turns its attention back to Europe for the latest in technology, despite a lagging ecosystem. Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

Qualcomm Hires Antitrust Legal Scholar

Mired in antitrust litigation, the San Diego chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. has hired an outspoken legal scholar to help shape its policy in this area and handle some cases. Koren Wong-Ervin is departing as director of the Global Antitrust Institute at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and will join Qualcomm’s legal department on Sept. 25.

Buildings stand in the city skyline of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., back right, across the Charles River from Cambridge, Massachusetts, left, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Photo by Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Hogan Lovells Bulks Up In Boston with Merger

Hogan Lovells officially merged the 28-lawyer Boston litigation boutique, Collora, into its fold this week, hanging up signs and putting the attorneys there on its website. CEO Steve Immelt said the firm needed to open in Boston to service its life science clients but wanted to merge so it starts with a large presence there —

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Eyeing Expansion, Chicago E-discovery Company Rebrands

One of the biggest e-discovery software companies is rebranding itself as it sets its sights on international expansion.  Over the weekend, Chicago-based kCura — which produces the widely used data processing and review software, Relativity, and attracts thousands of e-discovery practitioners to its annual Relativity Fest every fall — rebranded itself as Relativity. Andrew Sieja, kCura founder and