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Wake Up Call: A&P’s New Amsterdam Office Has Life Sciences Focus

Aug. 1, 2022, 12:27 PM

In today’s column, corporate legal departments haven’t made much progress on sending work to diverse outside counsel; fines levied by the UK’s legal profession watchdog are up six-fold in five years; DLA Piper was the top firm for lateral hires in 2022’s first half, new data show.

  • Leading off, Arnold & Porter said it’s opening an Amsterdam office with a focus on its European life sciences regulatory practice. To lead the office, A&P brought in former Hogan Lovells partner Carla Schoonderbeek, who was earlier life sciences chair at big Dutch firm NautaDutilh. She’s joined by partner Bart Jong, a former judge in the District Court of Amsterdam. They both arrive recently from Hoyng Rokh Monegier. (ArnoldPorter.com)
  • Corporate legal departments are still sending less than 10% of their business to diverse outside counsel and most haven’t set diversity goals for their outside firms. Corporate Counsel said that’s a preview of data to come in a new report from the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, which is holding a virtual summit tomorrow. (Corporate Counsel)
  • Big UK firm Linklaters told its London junior lawyers to stop complaining that the firm has not matched its competitors’ raises for young attorneys. (Roll On Friday) DLA Piper made the most lateral hires in 2022’s first half, followed by Kirkland & Ellis, Lewis Brisbois, Latham & Watkins, and Goodwin. Overall lateral hires of associates were up 16% compared with the same period last year, according to a report. (Leopard Solutions.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • The UK’s legal profession watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, has boosted the number of fines it has levied against law firms by six-fold in the last five years as part of its anti-money laundering compliance crackdown, a report says. (City A.M.)
  • An investigation conducted by Freshfields found that Deutsche Bank’s employees broke regulatory rules and company policy in helping to enable tax fraud by traders. The law firm’s investigation is serving as a key part of German prosecutors’ criminal probe into the “Cum-Ex” tax fraud scheme that allegedly cost the German government billions of euros in revenues, this report says. (Financial Times)
  • Epstein Becker Green said it’s releasing an expanded version of its resource hub aimed at helping employers and health care/life sciences professionals navigate the legal landscape after the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision striking down Roe v. Wade. (EBGLaw.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • Baker McKenzie hired international trade attorney Arnoud Willems as a partner in Brussels, Belgium. He joins after 18 years at Sidley Austin, where he was a partner and founded and led the EU trade and customs team. Willems is bringing a team including a counsel and associate, to start at Baker on Sept. 1; McDermott Will & Emery picked up four intellectual property partners, getting Charles (Chuck) Larsen from White & Case in Boston, and Ryan Clark, Aashish Kapadia, and Samoneh (Sammy) Schickel in Austin from Baker Botts, where they were senior associates; UK headquartered insurance law firm Kennedys, which already has an office in Austin, said it launched an office in Houston with three partners and an associate hired from local firms. (KennedysLaw.com)
  • Gordon & Rees hired two partners in Raleigh, North Carolina, from Yates, McLamb & Weyher. Medical malpractice defense attorney Mindi Schulze joined its health care, professional liability, and construction practice groups. Litigator Kelly Brewer joined its health care, employment, commercial litigation, and insurance practice groups; Polsinelli hired K&L Gates real estate finance attorney Gavin Wait as a shareholder in Charleston, South Carolina, to help meet soaring for demand for advice on navigating complex defeasance transactions; Florida litigation firm Lash & Goldberg announced it hired Greenberg Traurig business litigation shareholder Michael Strauch as partner in Miami. (LashGoldberg.com)

Technology

  • Goodwin advised Universal Navigation, Inc. (Uniswap) in its acquisition of nonfungible token marketplace aggregator Genie. (GoodwinLaw.com)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com