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Jones Day adds product liability litigator Frank Bayuk to Atlanta Office

The global law firm Jones Day announces that Frank Bayuk has joined the Firm’s Atlanta Office as a partner in its Business & Tort Litigation Practice.

An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Bayuk defends U.S. and multinational companies in high-exposure product liability and mass tort lawsuits. His experience covers class action and multi-district litigation, as well as individual tort actions in state and federal courts.

Mr. Bayuk has successfully represented clients in the tobacco, automotive, nutritional supplements, paint/lead pigment, commercial transportation, and energy industries. He has also defended high-profile pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability lawsuits around the country, and has litigated individual and class action matters involving various pharmaceutical products.

“I have known Frank for many years, and have been continually impressed by his dedication to clients, his diligence and preparation, and his performance in the courtroom,” said Stephanie Parker, who co-leads the Firm’s Business & Tort Litigation Practice and oversees product liability litigation. “His work on behalf of companies facing aggressive, high-stakes liability actions is outstanding. I am delighted to be working with him and enthusiastically welcome him to Jones Day.”

Mr. Bayuk has been named a Law360 Rising Star in Products Liability, and is consistently included as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for Georgia in the area of personal injury and product liability defense. He is also recognized by Legal 500 for expertise in product liability and mass tort defense for consumer products.

“Frank brings a stellar track record of defending some of America’s most established and well-known companies against potentially devastating legal actions, and he has accomplished this in what have often been hostile jurisdictions and environments,” said Richard “Rick” Deane, Jr., Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Atlanta Office. “His experience and insights will be invaluable to our clients. He will be a great addition to what is already a very accomplished team in Atlanta, and I welcome him to Jones Day.”

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day’s Truc Do appointed as California Superior Court Judge

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Jones Day partner Truc Do as a judge in the San Diego County Superior Court.

“We are tremendously proud of Truc for this well-deserved honor,” said Chris Lovrien, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s California Region. “She has experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, as well as a keen legal intellect. While we will miss her as a colleague, she will make a terrific jurist for the people of California.”

Ms. Do has been a partner in Jones Day’s San Diego Office since 2014, where she is a member of the Firm’s Business & Tort Litigation Practice.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Ms. Do was a partner at a major Los Angeles-based law firm and previously served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. During that time, she gained notoriety for her trial work as a prosecutor in several high-profile murder cases.

Ms. Do earned her law degree from Stanford Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the board of directors for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, a member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, a barrister in the J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court, and previously served on the board of directors for the California Women’s Law Center.

“Truc came to the United States as a refugee at the age of three and became a naturalized citizen at 11, even though she had just recently learned English,” said Karen Hewitt, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s San Diego Office. “From those humble beginnings in this country, she went on to graduate at the top of her class at UCLA, become a standout student at Stanford Law School, and launch a successful career as a practicing lawyer. Beyond her deep experience as a trial lawyer, Truc is an incredibly kind and compassionate person, which makes her an outstanding choice to serve as a judge on the Superior Court of California.”

Ms. Do fills the vacancy on the San Diego County Superior Court that was created by the retirement of Judge Joel M. Pressman. Her appointment was one of 25 new California superior court judgeships announced on Feb. 27, 2018, by Gov. Brown.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Allen Overy expands its German tax practice

Allen & Overy is to further expand its tax practice, with Dr Michael Ehret joining its Frankfurt office as partner. He will join the from Linklaters, where he has been a partner since 2014.

Michael is a German-qualified lawyer and certified tax adviser who specialises in providing tax advice in the fields of M&A and (re-) financing, in particular in connection with structuring private equity investments, tax-oriented restructuring and real-estate investments. At Linklaters, he was, among other projects, involved in the teams advising Apax Partners on acquiring Neuraxpharm; Montagu on acquiring the asset manager Universal-Investments; Gores on the acquisition and disposal of Hay Group; Terra Firma on disposing Tank & Rast; Macquarie on acquiring the largest German (and European) gas network (Open Grid Europe) from E.ON Ruhrgas; and Triton on various acquisitions and disposals of portfolio companies, in particular Wittur Group and on the planned acquisition of Karstadt. He also has experience in the field of tax investigations.

“Michael is a tax lawyer with a wealth of international experience who boasts extensive expertise in the field of corporate and transaction-related tax law. With this appointment we are continuing to expand our offering in transaction-related advice for our clients and are showing clear dedication to strengthening our German team,” confirmed Dr Gottfried E. Breuninger, head of the German and global Tax practices at Allen & Overy.

Allen & Overy’s German tax practice currently comprises around 20 lawyers and tax advisers, including four partners, working in the Frankfurt and Munich offices. The range of advice offered includes tax-specific advice on restructurings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing, indirect taxation, representation in tax litigation, as well as structuring complex debt and equity financings. The group also places clear focus on the fields of tax compliance, tax risk management and tax litigation; not only does the practice identify huge growth potential here, but also ranks among the market leaders, in particular in the field of tax investigations.

Pinsent Masons appoints Martin Eimer as new Finance & Projects partner

International law firm Pinsent Masons has boosted its Finance & Projects team with the appointment of Dr Martin Eimer as partner.

Joining the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he co-led the Freshfields Major Projects Group, Martin has a broad range of experience in cross-sector commercial contracts and disputes. He specialises in large and complex construction and engineering projects, both contentious and non-contentious.

Eimer has particular expertise in litigation and arbitration across the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and technology sectors and a strong focus on projects in Eastern Europe and emerging markets.

Michael Watson, Head of the Finance & Projects group at Pinsent Masons, comments:

“I look forward to welcoming Martin to the firm. His experience as a projects and infrastructure lawyer with a practice that encompasses both non-contentious and contentious work will be a welcome addition to the firm’s international energy and AMT teams. With advances being made in German offshore wind energy and the development of interconnectors, as well as opportunities arising from nascent nuclear decommissioning, Martin joins at an exciting time for the energy sector, in particular in Germany.”

Rainer Kreifels, Partner and Head of Germany at Pinsent Masons, adds:

“Martin’s expertise across Finance & Projects aligns well with the focus of our German offices, as well as the firm’s wider international strategy. I’m delighted that he’s agreed to join us.”

Pinsent Masons is ranked among the top 50 law firms in Germany, following a period of significant investment and expansion for the firm. The firm opened in Munich in 2012 with a team of seven partners. Since then it has opened in Dusseldorf and grown to a team of around 150 people including almost 30 partners. The German practice is focused on cutting edge legal services in the areas of technology, life sciences, energy and real estate.

CS Finance Merges with COSCO Finance

Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm advised COSCO SHIPPING Development Co., Ltd. (“COSCO SHIPPING Development”) on the merger between CS Finance, a non-wholly owned subsidiary of COSCO SHIPPING Development, and COSCO Finance. Hong Kong and Shanghai-listed COSCO SHIPPING Development provides, among other things, vessel chartering and container leasing services.

CS Finance will absorb and merge with COSCO Finance and upon completion, CS Finance will continue as the surviving entity and will be renamed COSCO SHIPPING Finance, while COSCO Finance will cease to exist as a legal entity and will become a branch of the newly named company. The registered capital of COSCO SHIPPING Finance will become US$422 million. COSCO SHIPPING Development, which originally had a 65% equity interest in CS Finance, will have a 23.38% interest in COSCO SHIPPING Finance.

The merger involved different legal frameworks and concepts in the PRC and Hong Kong, and was subject to several complex legal issues under the Listing Rules. The Paul Hastings team also took the lead in the negotiations with and submissions to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Paul Hastings previously represented COSCO SHIPPING Development in its proposed non-public issuance of A-shares to not more than 10 specific target subscribers, including COSCO SHIPPING Development’s controlling shareholder, China Shipping (Group) Company, raising gross proceeds of up to US$1.7 billion.

Paul Hastings to Locate London Office at Brookfield’s 100 Bishopsgate

Brookfield Properties today announced that Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, has signed a pre-let agreement to locate its new London office at 100 Bishopsgate. The firm will take the top two floors of the 37-storey tower totalling circa 40,000 sq. ft. Paul Hastings joins other confirmed occupants including Royal Bank of Canada, Jefferies and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The target date for Paul Hastings’ occupancy in 100 Bishopsgate is in the Third Quarter of 2019.

Located in the heart of the City of London, close to the Bank and Liverpool Street commuter hubs, 100 Bishopsgate is set to become one of the most prominent office towers in London. The new development will include 20,000 sq. ft. of retail, a c. 30,000 sq. ft. Equinox health and fitness centre and a new half-acre public realm to further enhance and enrich the environment for the building’s occupiers and the City workforce.

Ronan O’Sullivan, London Office Chair, Paul Hastings LLP, said: “In 2016, the continued growth of the London office required that we move several of our teams temporarily to another location close to our main office. Since then we have continued to grow our business strategically while we searched for somewhere suitable to reunite the entire office. Taking the space in this landmark new building is a sign of our confidence and long-term commitment to the London market.”

Paul Hastings recently announced 25 per cent revenue growth in the London office, following a very successful year that saw the firm take the leading role in key transactions including the restructuring of The Cooperative Bank and the €3.5 billion acquisition by NJJ Telecom Europe of a majority of eir, the Irish telecommunications and broadband business.

Martin Wallace, Head of Leasing, Brookfield Properties UK said: “With the addition of Paul Hastings, 100 Bishopsgate has solidified its position as the most desirable location for blue chip financial and professional services firms. Its location and proximity to excellent transport links combined with the public realm and significant local amenities, makes 100 Bishopsgate such an attractive address. We continue to receive significant interest for the remaining space and are confident that we will secure additional tenants in the coming year.”

The agreement with Paul Hastings furthers Brookfield’s strong track record of leasing its development schemes prior to completion. At 100 Bishopsgate, Brookfield previously announced a 255,000 sq. ft. pre-let in February 2017 with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and a 250,000 sq. ft. pre-let with Royal Bank of Canada and a 120,000 sq. ft. agreement with Jefferies, both of which signed in 2016. Equinox agreed to pre-let 28,000 sq. ft. in 2017. This brings the total amount of space pre-let or under option at 100 Bishopsgate to 851,000 square feet, or 89% per cent.

Scott Jones Joins Kirkland & Ellis to Launch Boston Office’s Tax Practice Group

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Scott Jones has joined the Firm as a partner in the Boston office. Mr. Jones is Kirkland’s first tax lawyer in Boston, the Firm’s newest office which opened in May 2017.

“Scott has extensive experience advising private equity and investment funds clients on complex tax issues,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “He is a key addition to our growing Boston office, boosting our ability to fully support our private equity and investment funds client base from Boston and complementing our existing top-tier national tax practice.”

Mr. Jones focuses his practice on tax planning and counseling for private equity fund managers. He advises on fund raising, complex structuring, operational issues, internal organization matters and international tax issues associated with non-U.S. investment activities. He also advises on tax issues related to U.S. tax-exempt and non-U.S. investors in growth equity funds, buyout funds, credit funds and other investment partnerships.

“Scott’s knowledge of the complex tax landscape related to investment funds is first class, and I’m delighted he has joined our growing team in Boston to strengthen our pre-eminent national and international tax practice,” said Jon A. Ballis, a corporate partner and member of the Firm’s Global Management Executive Committee. “Scott’s arrival further rounds-out our premier, Boston-based offering to private equity and investment funds clients.”

Mr. Jones joins Kirkland from Proskauer Rose LLP. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Brown University. He is noted in Chambers USA (2011-2017) and Super Lawyers (2017) as a leading Massachusetts tax lawyer, and in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018) as a leading lawyer in the private investment funds and tax law fields.

“I’m excited about joining Kirkland, a firm with a strong reputation for handling complex, cutting-edge transactions and with a growing and dynamic team in Boston,” said Mr. Jones. “I look forward to establishing the tax practice in Boston and working with colleagues across Kirkland’s global platform on solving complex challenges for our clients.”

Mr. Jones’s appointment follows several recent senior hires within Kirkland’s Boston office, which includes about 40 lawyers focused on transactional areas of practice: M&A/private equity, debt finance, investment funds and now tax. Earlier this year, Kirkland welcomed Christian Atwood, formerly co-chair of the private equity group and a member of the executive committee at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, to the office.

Brian Greene Joins Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Brian Greene has joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the Debt Finance Practice Group. Mr. Greene represents leading private and public entities in domestic and international project finance, energy and infrastructure projects, particularly in the United States and Latin America.

“Brian is a rising star in project finance with a strong track record of working with key players in the energy sector. He is another talented addition to our robust energy and infrastructure platforms,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.

Mr. Greene was previously a partner of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. He joins his former Norton Rose partner Rohit Chaudhry, who along with Roald Nashi, joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office last month.

Mr. Greene is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Princeton University. He was named a project finance rising star by Law360 in 2017, and a Euromoney PLC LMG Rising Star in project finance in 2015 and 2016.

Kirkland’s Debt Finance Practice Group includes more than 175 attorneys across the Firm’s 13 offices representing borrowers and lenders in a variety of complex transactions. The team utilizes Kirkland’s deep experience across disciplines such as private equity, capital markets, restructuring and other areas, to advise on complex financings for equity investors, buyout sponsors and borrowers, among others.

The 200 lawyers in Kirkland’s Energy Practice Group have a strong presence in Houston, New York and Washington, D.C., and handle an array of sophisticated energy transactions and advisory engagements. Law360 recently recognized Kirkland as a 2017 Energy Practice Group of the Year, the second consecutive year that Kirkland was recognized in that category.

Dentons to combine with elite law firm in Indonesia

Dentons announces it is combining with the elite firm Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP), the fifth largest law firm in Indonesia and one of the most prestigious.

The combination will enable Dentons to offer clients access to high-quality legal services in South East Asia and around the world in a total of 73 countries.

It comes on the heels of recent combinations in Singapore and Myanmar, which like Indonesia are members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Also, today Dentons is announcing a combination in neighboring Malaysia, which is also a member of ASEAN. In 2016 ASEAN was collectively the third largest economy in Asia and sixth largest in the world.

“Clients in South East Asia, and clients wanting to do business there, will benefit from high-quality legal service on a truly global scale that only Dentons can offer,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “Our clients have access to the deep local knowledge that is provided by lawyers who are both in and of the communities they serve.”

Indonesia is a particularly dynamic region of the world, and is the fourth most populous country in the world. It enjoys a GDP of US$1.02 trillion and an annual GDP growth rate of 4.8 percent, making it the fastest growing country among the G20 nations. It also has a fast-growing middle class, and its capital, Jakarta and its surrounding cities (Jabodetabek), is the world’s second largest urban area, with 30 million people.

“Our expansion in Indonesia with one of the largest and best firms there will help us build on our currently strong South East Asia presence,” said Philip Jeyaretnam, S.C., Singapore Chief Executive Officer, Global Vice-Chair, and the first CEO of Dentons ASEAN Region.

HPRP’s key practice areas are Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Litigation, Financial Services, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Real Estate, Transportation, and Resources & Infrastructure. The firm is also already pursuing an aggressive growth strategy to increase capabilities in the following sectors: infrastructure, including natural resources; renewable energy; and electronic business, including FinTech and E-commerce.

“This combination with a truly high-quality Indonesia firm gives us an even stronger presence in South East Asia and will further allow Dentons to pursue its strategy to become a pan-Asian law firm that reaches more of Asia than its competitors,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons.

In addition to the Malaysian firm, Dentons has also announced today it is combining with two firms in the Caribbean, a firm in Kenya, and two firms in Mauritius .
The HPRP combination, following approval by partners and subject to meeting regulatory requirements, is expected to launch later in 2018.

Dentons to combine with seven elite firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, is today announcing combinations with seven leading law firms. It will combine with a leading law firm in Kenya, two leading law firms in Mauritius, two leading law firms in the Caribbean, one based in the west in the Cayman Islands and another based in the Barbados with coverage across the Eastern Caribbean, a leading law firm in Indonesia and a leading firm in Malaysia. These combinations with seven elite law firms in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia further the Firm’s stated growth strategies in these dynamic and growing regions.

Dentons will combine with Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews in Kenya; Mardemootoo Solicitors and Balgobin Chambers in Mauritius; Dinner Martin in the Cayman Islands and Delany Law in the Eastern Caribbean (including offices in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago); Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners (HPRP) in Indonesia; and Zain & Co. in Malaysia.

These combinations will give Dentons’ clients access to the experience and talents of lawyers working in 73 countries, and will uniquely position Dentons to provide high-quality legal services to clients around the world.

The combinations in Kenya and Mauritius follow in the wake of last year’s combination in neighboring Uganda with Kampala Associated Advocates. Dentons traces its presence in Africa to the establishment of a Cairo, Egypt, office in 1964. It also has offices in Casablanca, Morocco, and Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, as well as Uganda. These combinations will further allow Dentons to pursue its Africa strategy to become a pan-African law firm that reaches more of Africa than its competitors.

The combinations in Barbados, the Cayman Islands and other islands in the Caribbean are forged in the wake of rapid expansion in Latin America, with a strategic alliance launched last year with Brazil’s Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni as well as a combination with Gallo Barrios Pickmann in Peru. They also follow the earlier launch of Dentons Muñoz in Central America, and of Dentons López Velarde in Mexico and Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas in Colombia. These moves are part of Dentons’ long-term strategy to build our presence in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The combinations in Indonesia and Malaysia follow on recent combinations with firms in nations that are also members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Singapore and Myanmar.

“We are growing faster in Latin America and the Caribbean—and with truly high quality firms—in a way that no one has ever done before,” said Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. “Our new offices in Mauritius and Kenya complement our growing pan-African presence, coming on the heels of our expansion in neighboring Uganda just last year. And our expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia builds on our presence in Singapore and Myanmar in the dynamic South East Asia region.”

“Clients within East Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia, and clients wanting to do business in those growing regions, will benefit from high-quality legal service on a truly global scale that only Dentons can offer,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons. “Our clients have access to the deep local knowledge that is provided by lawyers who are both in and of the communities they serve.”

The combinations enhance Dentons’ depth and reach in key business sectors and practice groups, including Banking and Finance, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Tax, as well as greatly boost our capabilities in infrastructure rebuilding.

“Our expansion in Kenya will build on our East Africa presence in Uganda, while our combinations in Mauritius will help us pursue our overall Africa growth strategy,” said Noor Kapdi, CEO of Dentons’ Africa region and Managing Partner of Dentons South Africa.

“These combinations with Dentons will allow us to continue our unprecedented, rapid growth in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Jorge Alers, CEO of Dentons Latin America and Caribbean region.

“Our expansion in Indonesia and Malaysia high-quality firms there will help us build on our currently strong South East Asia presence in region with very dynamic economies,” said Philip Jeyaretnam, S.C., Singapore Chief Executive Officer, Global Vice-Chair and the first CEO of Dentons ASEAN Region.

The seven combinations, following approval by partners and subject to meeting regulatory requirements in each jurisdiction, are expected to launch later in 2018.