Funds giant BlackRock announced it has hired Erica Handling, the former EMEA general counsel of Barclays’ investment wing.  Having left Barclays at the end of March, Handling replaces James DesMarais who retired as general counsel from the funds manager after nine years.

On The Move

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 Written by

Reporting a weekly roundup of the latest legal moves from some of the biggest players in our markets.

Global law firm Reed Smith has announced a significant investment in its European platform with the opening of an office in Frankfurt. The opening is in response to growing client demand in the German market and builds on the success of the firm’s Munich office, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year.

Following on already robust Western campaigns to minimize the baleful impacts of smoking, the U.K. plans to enact a “plain-packaging” law next year that will remove most of the branding and artwork from cigarette packs. But not without a fight.

International law firm Bird & Bird has applied to the Luxembourg Bar for approval to the opening of an office in Luxembourg, which would bring the number of Bird & Bird offices around the world to 28.