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About James
Law graduate (Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Commercial Law) with six years in geopolitics and legal journalism and seven years of legal research and paralegal experience, and more recently practical legal experience in international human rights law (including submissions to the UN) and international commercial law (particularly maritime). 

Formerly based in Germany for seven years, and maintain a network of contacts in E.U. organisations, universities, law firms and think tanks in law and politics.

Wrote mainly about West European & E.U. policy and international law, transatlantic relations, Russia, Turkey, and Iran, including international conventions such as the JCPOA.
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Clifford Chance Swoops For PwC Tax Partner in Frankfurt

28 Sep 2023  |  Law.com
Clifford Chance has recruited a tax partner from PwC in Frankfurt, marking a significant move in the legal industry. This acquisition highlights Clifford Chance's strategic expansion and PwC's role in the corporate landscape.

McDermott Finance Partner and 2 Associates Jump to Simmons in Frankfurt

06 Mar 2023  |  Law.com
Simmons & Simmons has recruited Oliver Hahnelt, a partner from McDermott Will & Emery, to join its Frankfurt office. Hahnelt, who has been with McDermott for six years, will bring his leveraged finance practice and two managing associates with him.

How Tech and ESG are Driving German Dealmaking Through a 'Polycrisis' World

02 Mar 2023  |  Law.com
The article discusses how technology and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors are influencing dealmaking in Germany amidst a world facing multiple crises. It highlights the critical role these elements play in shaping business strategies and transactions.

Freshfields, Hengeler Lead on €1.5B ESG-Linked Finance Deal

24 Feb 2023  |  Law.com
Freshfields and Hengeler are leading a €1.5 billion ESG-linked finance deal, highlighting significant developments in the finance sector with a focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria.

Bayer Names Next General Counsel, Swoops for Daimler's Ex-Legal Chief

02 Feb 2023  |  Law.com
Bayer has appointed a new General Counsel, recruiting the former legal chief of Daimler. This move highlights Bayer's strategic efforts to strengthen its legal team with experienced leadership from a major automotive company.

Ashurst Hits Bird & Bird for Munich Tech Partner

02 Feb 2023  |  Law.com
Ashurst has expanded its digital economy team in Munich by hiring Alexander Duisberg as a tech and data partner. Duisberg will advise clients on various legal aspects of the digital economy, including blockchain, cyber-security, data spaces, and AI.

Germany Proposes All-English Language Courts for International Disputes

26 Jan 2023  |  Law.com
Germany is proposing the establishment of all-English language courts to handle international commercial disputes. This initiative aims to make Germany a more attractive venue for international litigation by removing language barriers and facilitating smoother legal processes for foreign businesses.

Norton Rose Frankfurt Office Raided Amid Tax Fraud Investigation

18 Jan 2023  |  Law.com
German prosecutors raided the Frankfurt office of Norton Rose as part of an ongoing tax fraud investigation. The raid is part of a broader effort to uncover and address tax-related misconduct within the firm.

Law firm Mayer Brown is moving its Frankfurt office in early 2024.

14 Dec 2022  |  Law.com
Law firm Mayer Brown is set to relocate its Frankfurt office in early 2024 to provide more uniformly sized offices for its lawyers.

5 Heavyweight Firms Advise on Vodafone-KKR Deal

15 Nov 2022  |  Law.com
Five major law firms are providing advisory services for a significant deal between Vodafone and KKR. The article highlights the involvement of these heavyweight firms in the corporate transaction, focusing on the legal aspects and implications of the merger and acquisition.

Unified Patent Court Appoints 85 Judges In Major Step Forward

21 Oct 2022  |  Law.com
The Unified Patent Court has appointed 85 judges, marking a significant advancement in its establishment. This development is a crucial step in the operationalization of the court, which aims to streamline patent litigation across Europe.

Siemens Litigator to Lead Germany's Top Arbitration Institution

18 Oct 2022  |  Law.com
Germany’s top arbitration body, the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), has appointed Ramona Schardt, a litigation specialist from Siemens Energy, as its next secretary general. Schardt, who has a 13-year career in international litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution at Siemens Energy, will begin her term on January 1, 2023.

Host of Elite Law Firms Lead $6.9B European Energy Deal

06 Oct 2022  |  Law.com
A consortium of top-tier law firms has facilitated a significant $6.9 billion energy deal in Europe, underscoring the legal sector's pivotal role in major financial transactions within the energy industry.

KPMG Law Germany Hits Clifford Chance and PwC for Triple Hire

30 Sep 2022  |  Law.com
KPMG Law Germany has made significant hires from Clifford Chance and PwC, strengthening its team with three new additions. This move highlights the competitive nature of the legal industry in Germany and the strategic efforts by KPMG to bolster its legal services.

KPMG Law Expands Polish Banking and Finance Practice With DWF Hire

23 Sep 2022  |  Law.com
KPMG Law has expanded its Polish banking and finance practice by hiring a professional from DWF. This move aims to strengthen KPMG's position in the Polish market, enhancing its capabilities in the banking and finance sector.

King & Spalding Adds Five-Lawyer Corporate Team In Germany

01 Sep 2022  |  Law.com
King & Spalding has expanded its corporate, finance & investments practice in Frankfurt by adding a five-person private equity team led by former Milbank partner Peter Memminger. Memminger, whose practice focuses on M&A, corporate, and litigation work, will bring a senior counsel, two counsel, and an associate from his private firm.

EY and KPMG Legal Arms Continue Europe Expansion With Hires from Novartis, Norton Rose

19 Aug 2022  |  Law.com
EY and KPMG are expanding their legal arms in Europe by hiring professionals from Novartis and Norton Rose. This move signifies their strategic growth in the European market, leveraging talent from established firms to bolster their legal capabilities.

Eversheds Sutherland Partner, 2 Lawyers Switch to German Boutique

16 Aug 2022  |  Law.com
Eversheds Sutherland partner and two lawyers have transitioned to a German boutique law firm, highlighting a significant move within the legal industry.

Eversheds Sutherland Adds Real Estate Partner in Munich

12 Jul 2022  |  Law.com
Eversheds Sutherland has expanded its real estate practice by adding a new partner in Munich, enhancing its capabilities in the region.

BCLP Hires 4 DLA Piper Partners in Frankfurt as It Continues Europe Expansion

27 Jun 2022  |  Law.com
A multidisciplinary team of four partners from DLA Piper will join Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Frankfurt office, enhancing the firm's European offerings. The move aligns with BCLP's strategic focus on building international strength in high-growth practices.

Major Court Defeat for EC Holds Implications For Big Tech Crackdown, Lawyers Say

20 Jun 2022  |  Law.com
A significant court defeat for the European Commission has potential ramifications for the regulation of big tech companies. Legal experts suggest that this ruling could impact future enforcement actions and regulatory strategies within the European Union.

Six Months On: How Germany's Legal Industry Has Faced the Pandemic

28 Sep 2020  |  Law.com
The article discusses the optimism among major German law firms regarding a return to normalcy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This positive outlook is largely due to the successful implementation of digital technologies and the shift to remote work, which have allowed firms to continue their operations. Dr. Ulrich Wessels, the President of the German Federal Bar Association (BRAK), is quoted emphasizing the importance of competitiveness for law firms in this new environment. However, there is also a note of caution as there is still uncertainty about the potential impact of a second wave of the pandemic.

When then Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who was seen as more liberal and pro-Western than President Erdogan, stepped down, uncertainty surrounded future relations between Turkey and the West. Unlike Erdogan, Davutoglu held a much more E.U.-inclusive view and as such, was seen as the key mediator between Turkey and the E.U., personally brokering the migrant agreement with Merkel.

The European Union announced Wednesday that it has sealed a deal with Germany’s BioNTech and Pfizer in the United States to secure 300 million doses of their newly-developed coronavirus vaccine.


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