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Law Firm Mergers Continue at Strong Pace in 2017

Law Firm Mergers Continue at Strong Pace in 2017

The number law firm combinations dipped slightly in the second quarter compared to last year’s Q2 figures, but merger activity is on track for a strong year. Data released July 5 by Newtown Square, Pa.-based legal consultant Altman Weil Inc. reported 24 law firm mergers and acquisitions in the second quarter of 2017, down from last

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Law Firms Make June Splash with Lateral Hires

It’s been an active week for law firm hires. Curious to see how your firm fared? We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the latest announcements from big firms such as Jenner & Block, McGuireWoods, Crowell & Moring and others. The announcements were collected between Tuesday, May 30 and Thursday, June 1. Jenner Spree • Three former

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New York District Attorney GC Returns to Dechert

Ben Rosenberg, former general counsel of the New York District Attorney’s office, has returned to Dechert LLP. His practice will focus on white collar criminal defense and securities litigation, representing banks, mutual fund managers and private equity investment funds. Rosenberg first joined Dechert about a decade ago with a group of lawyers from Swidler Berlin

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American Bar Association Considers Privacy Specialty

By Stephen Joyce, Bloomberg BNA The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates is expected in February to consider accrediting a “privacy law specialist” designation to allow certified privacy lawyers to hold themselves out as specialists in the field. The ABA is considering whether to allow the privacy competency certification designation of the International Association of Privacy

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Reed Smith Strikes Singapore Alliance

Reed Smith has struck a formal alliance with Singapore law practice Resource Law LLC. Reed Smith lists 21 lawyers in its Singapore office, while Resource Law staffs eight, according to a press release announcing the deal. The deal is a move to bolster the firms’ cross-border transactions and legal advisory work involving Singapore law, the

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Incoming Law Firm Managing Partner Isn’t a Fan of Across the Board Pay Raises

Quarles & Brady announced Monday that Dan Radler, an intellectual property specialist, will become the firm’s second managing partner in December. Radler is an engineer by training, who gave up his study of propulsion analysis and wind-tunnel testing, to pursue a career in the law. Based in Milwaukee, he’s currently a member of the firm’s executive committee and

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After Brexit, Law Firms Face Uncertainties Too But With Benefits

In the aftermath of Britons’ vote to exit the European Union, law firms are finding themselves in a similar position to their clients: Wondering about the long term impact and how to appropriately plan for what’s next. The only difference is law firms enjoy certain benefits from the uncertainty. “It’s an unfortunate truth that it is bad for business

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At Square, GC’s Tasks Extend Beyond the Legal World

Dana Wagner’s job as Square Inc.’s general counsel requires an ability to see around corners, and think about the legal ramifications of never-seen-before financial products. Square offers payment services, allowing merchants to accept card payments, but its portfolio of products also includes merchant loans, marketing and other financial services. “We often bring things into the world that

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Cybersecurity Insurance Explosion Poses Challenges

Cybersecurity insurers may see premiums gross income rise by 300 percent or more in the next five years, even as the product’s pricing and composition continue to evolve, insurance specialists and others told Bloomberg BNA. It took about 15 years, or until about 2012, for cybersecurity insurance to increase from the first cybersecurity policies ever