Global firm appoints high profile chairman

by Steve Randall08 Sep 2017
Global firm appoints high profile chairman
Global legal business DWF has announced Sir Nigel Knowles as its new chairman.

Sir Nigel was a partner at DLA Piper for nearly 40 years and is credited with spearheading the rapid globalisation of the firm. He retired in June 2016.

He takes over the reins at DWF from Alan Benzie who served for 10 years and was praised by managing partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland for helping transform DWF from a regional law firm in north west England expanded to a global business with offices including Sydney, Paris, Chicago, Dubai, Singapore and Panama.

In welcoming the new chairman, Leaitherland noted the value of his experience at DLA Piper: "His vision and talent for creating what has become one of the world's most successful law firms will be of enormous benefit to our clients and people as we focus on the next stage of our journey."

KWM opens 12th office in China
King & Wood Mallesons has opened its 12th office in China expanding into the regional market of Nanjing.

KWM Nanjing will include five partners senior council and associates initially when it opens in November 2017.

It will work closely with the firm's Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou offices along with the wider KWM network which will total 27 offices globally.

Ashurst focuses on business development with global hire
Ashurst has appointed David Staiano as its global director of business development and marketing.

With over 20 years’ experience, he’s held similar roles at law firms Simmons & Simmons and Mayer Brown, and was also head of client programs at Deloitte.

He joins Ashurst's executive team and will be based in London.

Global firm adds three new offices
Eversheds Sutherland has opened three new offices taking its total to 66 in 32 countries.

The firm’s new locations are in Luxembourg Moscow and St Petersburg and follow the opening of the Düsseldorf office last month.

The expanding global firm created from a combination of Eversheds and Sutherland also saw the launch of Eversheds Harry Elias in Singapore and Brunei earlier this year.

The new Luxembourg office will initially focus on investment funds and corporate clients, while the Russian offices will be full-service.

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