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Small worldThe world is full of coincidences as Joel Simon, managing partner of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker found out at a school picnic with his daughter Olivia recently. While introducing himself to Mrs Ball, the mother of his daughter’s friend (also called Olivia) she said: “I understand you are a lawyer with a West Coast US firm, so is my husband.” Simon racked his brains…Olivia Ball…Olivia Ball…and then the penny dropped. The family was none other than that of Nomura bigwig Steven Ball, who recently joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as a partner, but who was once linked with Paul Hastings.

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