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The legal market in Spain is displaying resilience despite the country’s debilitated economy, and saw significant movement in 2013. Among the headlines, Baker & McKenzie strengthened its corporate and finance teams with the hire of a nine-partner team from Ramón y Cajal Abogados; Clyde & Co and White & Case LLP made striking entrances to the market, capturing talent from DAC Beachcroft LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP respectively; and Irwin Mitchell sold its Spanish offices to Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo. International mergers saw Salans become part of Dentons, and SJ Berwin become part of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin.

The market saw the emergence of a number of boutique firms set up by senior practitioners, some fleeing the managerial burdens and conflicts of interests to be found within larger structures. Notable launches include the corporate-focused J. Almoguera y Asociados and GTA Villamagna Abogados; dispute resolution boutique Arias SLP; niche environment and energy firm Del Pozo & De La Cuadra; and specialist competition firm DelaCalle Abogados SLP.

For yet another year, restructuring, insolvency and employment work towered above other practice areas, with M&A and real estate deals still hindered by the low level of liquidity in the market. The Spanish IPO market remained closed to issuers, and companies increasingly turned to debt capital markets for financing.

Uría Menéndez, Garrigues and Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira continue to spearhead the Spanish market, and are progressively diversifying their focus on Latin America. Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance are their nearest challengers.

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  • Hengeler Mueller advises GlaxoSmithKline on its major multiple-part interconditional transaction...

    Hengeler Mueller is advising GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on German corporate and real estate aspects as well as German employment and pensions aspects on two parts of the major three-part interrelated transaction with Novartis announced on 22 April 2014. The two parts of the transaction include GSK and Novartis combining their respective Consumer Healthcare businesses to form a new world-leading Consumer Healthcare business and GSK acquiring Novartis' global Vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines) for an initial cash consideration of US$5.25bn with subsequent potential milestone payments of up to US$1.8bn and ongoing royalties.
  • Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx on first secondary listing of a German company on the Warsaw Stock E

    Talanx AG today successfully completed its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Following its IPO in Germany in 2012, Talanx shares are now also tradable in Warsaw (with a market capitalisation of just under €6.9bn). Talanx is the first German company with a secondary listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The transaction was carried out by way of a special transaction structure concerning tradability and certification of the shares.
  • Mikhail Aleksandrov was a moderator of the discussion in the International Forum...

    Mikhail Aleksandrov, Partner of DS Law, moderated the panel discussion «Capitalising on New Large-Scale Opportunities in the Russian Infrastructure Sector».
    - DS Law
  • DS Law participated in the Lawyers Career Day in the MSLA

    On April 4 DS Law.Attorneys participated in the 8th exhibition-forum "The Lawyers Career Day" in the Moscow State University of Law by the name of O.E.Kutafin (MSLA) dedicated to the professional growth and career of associates.
    - DS Law
  • Mikhail Aleksandrov moderated the discussion in the Forum "Private Equity and Venture Capital"

    Mikhail Aleksandrov, Partner of DS Law.Attorneys, moderated the panel discussion "Capitalising on Large-Scale Opportunities in the Russian Infrastructure Sector" in the 10th International Forum "Private Equity and Venture Capital". The Forum was organized by C5.
    - DS Law
  • Pepeliaev Group at the 10th annual Legal Forum

    Pepeliaev Group has become the partner at Vedomosti newspaper's 10th annual legal forum, which will be held in Moscow on 17-18 April 2014. It is noteworthy that, 10 years ago, it was Pepeliaev Group that was the driving force behind the first forum. Now the event has become a landmark occasion in the Russian legal calendar. Over the last decade, major business figures have come together every year, hosted by the newspaper Vedomosti, to discuss the most pressing issues facing the legal sector and Russia's judicial system. The first day of the conference will feature a plenary session ‘Deoffshoring the economy and creating a favourable business environment', with Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group, taking the chair.
  • Round table “Improvement of the transparency and effectiveness in the work of the Supreme Administ

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    In the beginning of April 2014 the Supreme Judicial Council chose "Popov & Partners" Law Office for consultant in the preparation of documentations according to the Public Procurement Act for selection of contractors for the supply of goods and services to ensure the institution's activities in the period between 2014 - 2015.
  • Kim & Chang: Korea Law Firm of the Year – The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2013

    Kim & Chang was selected as ‘The Korea Law Firm of the Year' at the Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2013, surveyed and announced by ALB (Asian Legal Business), a renowned legal publication in Asia owned by Thomson Reuters.
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    Kim & Chang was recognized as one of the top 10 pro bono leading law firms in the world according to Who's Who Legal Pro Bono Survey 2013 , published by Who's Who Legal, an international legal media. Kim & Chang is the only Asian firm to be selected.