A group of six lawyers from Shearman & Sterling LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, Jones Day LP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP plan to open a global arbitration firm, a person familiar with the matter said.
The New York International Arbitration Center will open its doors in late spring, the organization said in a statement. The center, founded with support from 33 law firms, aims to promote international arbitration in New York.
K&L Gates LLP and Australian firm Middletons agreed to combine as of Jan. 1. Middletons’ 300 lawyers in four Australian offices will bring the firm, which will continue to be known as K&L Gates, to 2,000 lawyers in 46 offices on five continents.