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Large Law Firm Opens ‘Alternative’ Services Office in South Africa

Large Law Firm Opens ‘Alternative’ Services Office in South Africa

Herbert Smith Freehills is expanding its alternative legal services’ business, opening a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa where five lawyers and 20 legal analysts will conduct document review and perform due diligence-related tasks for clients. It is the fourth office that the firm has opened since 2011 that is devoted to providing clients with so-called alternative

Kim Koopersmith and Steve Immelt

Hogan Lovells’ CEO & Akin Gump’s Chair Interview Each Other

Part 1: the Trump administration and travel ban, Brexit’s impact on the industry, and diversity and inclusion at large law firms.   Last year Big Law Business launched a video series featuring one-on-one conversations between leaders of top grossing law firms. The idea is to see a face-to-face discussion of the most important issues facing law firms today; a

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Wake Up Call: Paul Weiss Investigates New Claims Against O’Reilly

• Prospects are dimming for Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s return to the network after new sexual harassment allegations came out against him this week, though Fox has yet to make a final decision on his future. At the center of the drama is Paul, Weiss, which is investigating the allegations, and Marc Kasowitz, who is representing O’Reilly. (Bloomberg)

George Soros

Wake Up Call: Soros Hit by $10 Billion Defamation Suit

• Companies controlled by Israeli mining magnate Beny Steinmetz sued billionaire George Soros, claiming he cost them at least $10 billion through a defamation campaign that stripped them of rights to an iron ore deposit in Guinea and other business opportunities around the world. (Bloomberg) • UC Berkeley’s former law school dean Sujit Choudhry gets to keep

Dan Carmel

Legaltech’s Shifting Landscape: A Conversation With iManage CMO Dan Carmel

Dan Carmel, CMO of iManage, was building legal technology before it was cool. Dan, who is responsible for go-to-market and product strategies, originally joined iManage in 2001, returned to the company under HP in 2011 after serving as CEO of SpringCM, and was part of the management team that completed a buyout of iManage from HP.

An employee works at the Yahoo! Inc. Customer Care Center of Excellence in Amherst, New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Yahoo Inc., a $40 billion Web portal, is expected to release third quarter earnings on Oct. 21. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: Yahoo Sued for Helping Chinese Find Dissidents

• Yahoo! Inc. failed to keep financial and humanitarian commitments made a decade ago after it admitted to helping the Chinese government find dissidents who were later jailed, according to a lawsuit against the web company. (Bloomberg) • Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis’s 2016 gross revenue rose 15 percent from a year ago, to $2.65 billion, so

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Justices Can Be Great Again After Filibuster’s End

After the nuclear option, what’s next? There really are only two choices to react to the Republican decision to eliminate the Senate filibuster permanently for Supreme Court nominations: mourning or celebration. So for the record, let me begin by saying that Judge Merrick Garland should’ve been confirmed after he was nominated to this seat by

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Wake Up Call: Court Upholds NY Ban on Outside Investment in Law Firms

• New York’s law that bars law firms from accepting capital investment from non-lawyers is legal, a federal judge ruled. The decision, hailed by some and panned by others, follows other recent setbacks for those who want to open up U.S. law firms to non-lawyer ownership, as has been done in England and Australia. (Bloomberg BNA) •

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Acorda Will Cut 20 Percent of Workforce After Patent Case Loss

By Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg News Acorda Therapeutics Inc. will cut about 20 percent of its workforce and restructure its operations to focus on two Parkinson’s disease drugs after a legal ruling last month put its best-selling medicine Ampyra at risk for generic competition next year. The firings will save $21 million annually, starting this quarter, the Ardsley, New York-based company said