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Akin Gump - Shaw Pittman Merger Talks End
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and DC-based law firm Shaw Pittman have ended the merger talks that have taken place since September of this year. The merger would have been one of the largest law firm mergers in the United States, creating a 1,300 lawyer firm. The reasons for the breakdown of the talks were not disclosed and it is not believed that the firms are considering other prospective mergers. Legal Week, 10/31/2003

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Heller Ehrman Opens New Office in Beijing
Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe is continuing its expansion into the Asian market with the addition of a new Beijing office. This news comes as Heller Ehrman had recently expanded their Hong Kong office with 19 new lawyers in June of this year and announced the opening of their new Venture Law Group practice. This new office is expected to use the resources of the new Venture Law Group in China's growing venture capital market. The other Asian offices of Heller Ehrman, located in Hong Kong and Singapore, have primarily worked with companies in the IT and life sciences sector and worked on some major litigation cases. The new Beijing post of Heller Ehrman will be launched by partner Lucas Chang, who will be relocating from the Silicon Valley office. Legal Week 10/30/2003

Mayer Brown Enhances European Real Estate Law Practice
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has added two new partners to their Paris office in an effort to bolster their European real estate law practice. Mayer Brown has hired away Clifford Chance Paris office founder and head of real estate, Henry Lazarski as well as Jean-Pierre Daniel from the Paris firm of DS Avocats. Both new lawyers are expected to enhance Mayer Brown's real estate practice beyond its current focus on real estate finance. There are now 21 lawyers in Mayer Brown's European real estate team. The Lawyer, 11/3/2003

Muller Mintz Key Partner Quits Before Merger with Akerman Senterfitt
Akerman Senterfitt lost a major labor and employment partner in its merger deal with Muller Mintz. Instead of merging with Akerman with the rest of his firm, Michael Casey has left both firms to join the NY-based firm of Epstein Becker & Green. While Akerman hoped to be getting as many stellar labor and employment lawyers as possible, it will now have to do without Casey. Casey is reported to have been a significant partner in his old firm with several major corporate clients. New York Lawyer, 10/30/2003

New Faces at Frankfurt Office of White & Case
White & Case announced the addition of two new partners to their Frankfurt office. Stephen Hodgson will leave Baker & McKenzie 's Frankfurt office and join as an acquisition and project finance partner. White & Case has also hired Axel Pajunk from the Munich office of SJ Berwin. Pajunk will be specializing in private equity. Both new partners will contribute to the growth of the business-related practice areas of the Frankfurt office. The Lawyer, 11/3/2003

New Corporate Finance Lawyer for Shanghai Office of Dorsey & Whitney
Dorsey & Whitney has hired away Corporate and M&A lawyer from the Shanghai office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer . H. Richard Yao will join as a senior lawyer and will be expected to help cover the increases in client demands for M&A activities in China. This new hire comes one month after Dorsey & Whitney added two new lawyers in their Japan office. The firm has also promised to add more new lateral talents to their China office in order to fulfill the increasing demands of the Asian market. Firm Press Release, 10/20/2003

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