People and firms

Curtis hires from Cleary in London

Milo Molfa, who helped Brazil’s Vale obtain a US$2 billion award over a mining project in Guinea, has left Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to join the partnership at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle in London.

21 July 2020

Skrine trio launch Kuala Lumpur boutique

Three partners who have collectively worked at Malaysian firm Skrine for over half a century have left to open their own disputes boutique in Kuala Lumpur.

17 July 2020

Debevoise promotes new counsel

Debevoise & Plimpton has promoted Elizabeth Nielsen, who helped win a US$5.9 billion ICSID award against Pakistan, to counsel in its New York office – while commercial disputes practitioner Robert Hoose has been made international counsel in London.

03 July 2020

Hanessian goes solo in New York

Grant Hanessian, the former global head of international arbitration at Baker McKenzie, has left the firm after 33 years to establish a practice as an independent arbitrator in New York.

02 July 2020

Betto faces criminal inquiry after Paris Bar sanction

Prominent French arbitration lawyer Jean-Georges Betto is reportedly facing a criminal investigation for alleged sexual and moral harassment, months after being sanctioned by the Paris Bar Council over inappropriate behaviour towards employees at his law firm.

01 July 2020

Ex-Bryan Cave lawyers targeted in Deripaska probe

Two former arbitration lawyers at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner are among those caught up in a US money laundering investigation targeting US President Donald Trump’s convicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort and sanctioned Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, it has emerged.

01 July 2020

Burford buys stake in UK law firm

Burford Capital has bought a stake in a London disputes boutique, as part of a “first of its kind” transaction that will see the funder finance a portfolio of the firm’s cases.

24 June 2020

Peter & Kim continues expansion with Seoul hire

Peter & Kim has hired SeungMin Lee, a former K-Pop artist, from Shin & Kim as a partner in Seoul – shortly after it opened an office in Singapore as the firm continues to expand rapidly since launching last year.

22 June 2020

Former Clyde & Co partner launches UAE boutique

Matthew Heywood has left the partnership at Clyde & Co in Dubai to launch his own boutique in the United Arab Emirates with a focus on construction, infrastructure and energy arbitration.

17 June 2020

New boutique puts focus on gender equality

Four female arbitration practitioners have launched a Parisian disputes boutique called Medici, promising to donate a portion of their client fees to help promote gender equality.

10 June 2020

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