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White & Case Promotes 21 to Counsel and 21 to Local Partner

Global law firm White & Case LLP has promoted 21 lawyers to counsel and 21 lawyers to local partner.

“Spanning 21 offices and nine practice groups, these promotions reflect the truly diverse and global nature of our Firm while recognizing the exceptional ability and commitment to client service this group has demonstrated,” said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier. “I am confident they will make a valuable contribution to White & Case and our clients as we continue to make progress toward achieving the goals of our 2020 strategy.”

In addition to the internal promotions, White & Case has hired 14 counsel and nine local partners during 2018.

At White & Case, counsel is a role for senior lawyers with significant experience in a particular practice area. The title is used across the Firm, in all offices, as an alternative career path to partnership but does not preclude consideration for promotion to partner.

The position of local partner is offered in select White & Case regions and locations where it is a common market practice. At present this position applies to offices in Asia-Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The title of local partner is a recognized career step toward admission into Firm partnership.

Martin Järvengren Rejoins White & Case as a Partner in Stockholm

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition of Martin Järvengren as a new partner in Stockholm.

“There is increased activity in all areas of financial institutions M&A in the Nordic region, where our ambition is to continue expanding our role advising clients on their most important, complex, cross-border deals,” said White & Case partner John Reiss, Head of the Firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. “As consolidation in the region’s financial services market continues, the regulatory burden on institutions will increase, and Martin’s arrival adds further strength and depth to the support our M&A team in the Nordics can provide to our clients.”
Järvengren rejoins White & Case in the Firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice from Swedish alternative investment management firm Brummer & Partners, where he was Head of Legal. In that role, Järvengren managed the full spectrum of the firm’s legal affairs, including the structuring, formation, regulatory and ongoing legal and operational needs of its investment vehicles and investment advisory entities. Prior to Brummer & Partners, Järvengren was an associate at White & Case, based in Stockholm. He gained extensive experience advising on a broad range of corporate transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings, and was also focused on advising managers on the formation and operation of private investment funds, including private equity and real estate funds. Martin brings more than ten years of experience.

“Martin is an experienced financial institutions M&A lawyer with a combination of legal and commercial experience and a blend of transactional and regulatory skills that is unique in the Nordics,” said White & Case partner Allan Taylor, Regional Section Head, EMEA M&A/Corporate 2. “His addition to the team ensures that our clients benefit from the best financial institutions M&A and regulatory capabilities available in the market.”

Oliver Brettle, a member of White & Case’s global Executive Committee, said: “The arrival of Martin represents further progress in our strategic focus on profitable growth in the global financial institutions industry, and in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He joins a strong existing M&A team in the Nordic region that has grown recently with the additions of lateral partners Jan Jensen, Shoan Panahi and Johan Steen, and the internal promotion of Henrik Wireklint.”

Pennington Manches Professional Regulation outfit joins Bates Wells’ P&R team

Bates Wells has hired the entirety of Pennington Manches’ Professional Regulation team in a move that significantly boosts Bates Wells’ Public & Regulatory capabilities.

On 2 January 2019 the whole of the PM Professional Regulation team, Nicole Curtis (Partner), Geoffrey Hudson (Consultant), Katrina Wingfield (Consultant) and Neil Wilks (Associate) will join Bates Wells’ Public & Regulatory (P&R) team, making it one of the UK legal sector’s most experienced P&R outfits. The PM team brings with it over 40 years of experience in the regulatory field, spanning healthcare, veterinary, legal and accountancy regulatory work.

Directory rankings

In Professional Discipline, the PM team is ranked Tier 1 by Legal 500 and Band 2 by Chambers & Partners. A number of the team are also rated as Leading Individuals in Legal 500 or listed as Band 1 lawyers by Chambers & Partners. In the latest edition of Chambers & Partners Katrina is recognised as one of the directory’s Senior Statespeople.

Similarly Bates Wells’ P&R team are ranked Tier 2 in Administrative & Public Law and Professional Discipline by Legal 500. Melanie Carter, Head of Public & Regulatory at Bates Wells is recognised as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 under Professional Discipline and Administrative & Public Law. Melanie is also listed by Chambers & Partners in Band 1 for Administrative & Public Law.

Wider recognition

Bates Wells’ established place in this sector has recently been recognised by its appointment to the Crown Commercial Service’s Wider Public Sector Framework and also its appointment, as a key sub-contractor, to its Finance & Complex Legal Services panel.

Aside from increasing the firm’s ability to take on new work in this area, these appointments ensure that the firm is better placed to advise both current clients and the clients whom our Penningtons Manches hires will bring on board. Their arrival also puts Bates Wells in a position where it is able to work for more organisations such as regulators and professional bodies on judicial reviews, the conduct of appeals and many other public law matters.

Martin Bunch, Managing Partner, Bates Wells said:

“We are very excited at this development and what it means for our position in the professional discipline and public law market generally.

“Besides bringing additional experience of public & professional regulatory matters to Bates Wells, our new appointments are a great cultural fit with our existing P&R team and their skills enhance our existing legal capabilities in this area.

“Their arrival underlines the firmwide growth in turnover and headcount that Bates Wells has seen over the past financial year, and greatly increases the capacity of our P&R team to take on new work.

“We are very pleased that they have decided to join us during this period of growth, and all of us at Bates Wells look forward to welcoming them once they arrive in January.”

DLA Piper refreshes International Executive team

DLA Piper today announces a number of changes to its International Executive team, all effective as of 1st January, 2019. The refresh follows the re-election of Simon Levine as International Managing Partner for a second term, and have been made in order to support the firm’s wider strategy towards innovation and improved alignment across regions, practice groups and sectors.

Sandra Wallace will relinquish her role as UK Country Managing Partner to focus on her Executive role as Joint MD for the UK & Europe (including the Nordics and Portugal). She will be joined in that role by Jan Meents. His previous positions as Germany Country Managing Partner and as MD for Clients and Sectors will stand him in good stead for this new role.

Olaf Schmidt from the Milan office will take on the role of MD for Practice Groups. Olaf has experience of being an International Group Head, as well as a Sector Head, and has developed strong working relationships with Country Managing Partners, all of which will contribute to his new role.

Charles Severs will become MD for Asia Pac, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, Charles will also take on the role of Executive Partner, a new role that will see him support the Executive and the wider firm in taking on important ad hoc matters that arise during the year.

Stéphane Lemarchand from the Paris office will be a new appointment to the Executive as MD of Clients and Sectors, taking over from Jan Meents.

Jacqueline King, will join the Executive as Chief Operating Officer.

Commenting on the refreshed Executive, Simon Levine said: “In order to maintain momentum, while also injecting a level of freshness, I have added some new faces to our already well-established team. The current Executive has overseen the successful progression of the firm over the past four years, making huge strides in client service and innovation, and building a strong foundation from which to expand. With the changes in place, we look forward to furthering our agenda in innovation and strengthening our ability to have a positive impact on every client that we serve”.

DLA Piper appoints new UK Managing Partner

DLA Piper has appointed Manchester-based Finance and Projects partner, Liam Cowell, as UK Managing Partner as of 1 January 2019.

Liam joined DLA Piper in 1994 and is the Managing Partner for the North West (Liverpool and Manchester). He will take over from Sandra Wallace, who following over three very successful years in the role will step down at the end of her term, to focus on her role as Joint Managing Director for the UK & Europe.

Liam Cowell said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed to the role of UK Managing Partner and I would like to thank Sandra for her substantial contribution to our UK business and the firm as a whole. The firm has been on a fantastic journey over the last few years and I look forward to extending our strong track record in the UK as we embark on the next stage in the firm’s evolution.”

Sandra Wallace, Joint Managing Director for the UK & Europe, said: “Over the course of his long career at DLA Piper, Liam has garnered the respect of his colleagues, clients and peers and possesses the leadership attributes, client skills and focus on growth and profitability to steer our UK business towards our goal of being the leading global business law firm. This is a pivotal time in the legal industry and our economy as a whole, and I am confident that Liam’s collaborative approach, alongside his drive and bold ambition for the firm will take our UK practice from strength to strength”.

DLA Piper expands construction disputes team with London partner hire

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Anna Mills will be joining the firm as a partner in its Litigation & Arbitration practice based in London.

Anna will be joining the firm from Hogan Lovells, where she was a counsel. She has fourteen years’ experience advising on large, complex, high value international and multiparty construction, projects and engineering disputes. She also has extensive experience of domestic litigation, adjudication, international arbitration (both ad hoc and under institutional rules), mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Anna regularly acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients across a number of different industry sectors including offshore wind, power, transport and energy.

Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, Global Co-Chair of the Litigation & Regulatory group, said: “We continue to see tremendous growth in our construction and engineering disputes practice in London and internationally. Anna has a particular focus on disputes in or originating out of Africa where we have a presence in 20 countries and an unrivalled capability through our DLA Piper Africa member firms.”

Natasha Luther-Jones, Global Co-Chair of Energy and Natural Resources, said: “Anna brings with her a great combination of UK domestic and international experience, and her sector focus on energy, including renewables, and power generation align well with our strategic priorities.”

Macfarlanes announces senior counsel appointments

Macfarlanes announces senior counsel appointments

Laura Bretherton (Finance)
Emily Brown (Investment management)
Adam Campbell (Corporate and M&A)
Alexandra Green (Financial services regulation)
Harriet O’Sullivan (Private client)
Sheamal Samarasekera (Pensions)

Charles Martin, Senior Partner, said “Our senior counsel play a vital role in our firm. They all have deep specialist capability and have demonstrated a long term commitment to our clients and practice. We are delighted to see such a talented cohort of senior counsel being made up this year.”

Shearman & Sterling Elects Eight New Partners

Global law firm Shearman & Sterling has elected eight counsel and associates to the partnership across its worldwide platform.
Our new partners represent seven practices and are based in three of the firm’s offices—London, New York and Washington, D.C.—and in the capital markets, compensation, governance & ERISA, international arbitration, funds, finance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance, and public international law practice areas.

 

“Congratulations to this outstanding and diverse group on achieving such a significant career milestone,” said David Beveridge, Senior Partner. “These lawyers from across our global network are committed to delivering excellent client service. We welcome them to the partnership and are confident that their energy, focus and dedication will contribute to the future success of the firm.”
The following lawyers were elected partner:

 

Ximena Herrera-Bernal is a member of the International Arbitration and Public International Law practices in London. She advises companies and States in international arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, CIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules, with a focus on disputes in the oil and gas, power, infrastructure, telecommunications and distribution sectors. Ximena received her LL.B. (hons) from the Universidad de Los Andes Law School in Bogotá, Colombia and her LL.M. (Harvard FES Scholar) from Harvard University Law School.

 

Tomasz Kulawik is a member of the Finance practice in New York and Washington, D.C. and focuses on leveraged finance, including acquisition financings, asset based lending, refinancings and restructurings. He is also experienced in structured finance and investment grade finance. Tomasz received his M.A. degree from Warsaw University and his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Grace Lee is a member of the Litigation practice in New York and experienced in securities and antitrust cases, shareholder class actions, government, regulatory and internal investigations, arbitrations and other commercial disputes. Grace received her B.A. degree from the University of Illinois and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois, College of Law.

 

Anthony Lepere, a member of the Project Development & Finance practice in London, focuses on corporate and project development work in the mining and oil and gas sectors. His recent experience encompasses strategic issues arising in connection with mining projects and new approaches to the development and financing of LNG projects, with a particular emphasis upon sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Anthony received both his B.A. (First Class Honors) and his LL.B. (First Class Honors) from the University of Western Australia.
Derrick Lott is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice in New York. Derrick has worked on complex, high-profile public and private transactions, as well as minority investments, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. In addition, he has deep experience in both securities laws and the fiduciary duty and process issues that are unique to complex public company transactions. Derrick earned his B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. degree from American University, Washington College of Law.

 

Gillian Emmett Moldowan, a member of the Compensation, Governance & ERISA practice in New York, advises companies, boards, executives and investors on compensation and benefits matters, including equity-based incentives, deferred compensation programs and employment and severance arrangements. In particular, her practice focuses on issues that arise in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Gillian earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College and her J.D., with Highest Honors, from The George Washington University Law School.

 

Roger Morscheiser is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice in New York. Roger works on many highly complex domestic and cross-border transactions for significant clients in the chemicals, industrials, sports and healthcare sectors. He received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from New York Law School.

 

Cody Wright is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice in New York. Cody has extensive experience in domestic, international and cross-border public and private M&A transactions, as well as joint ventures and corporate governance matters. He has a particular focus on public company acquisitions and transactions in the technology, financial services and mining sectors. Cody earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Ashurst boosts intellectual property offering with new partner hire

International law firm Ashurst has boosted its market-leading intellectual property team with the appointment of Nina Fitzgerald as a partner in its intellectual property practice in Sydney.

Nina’s particular area of focus is patent litigation but she has also acted in a range of intellectual property law matters including in the trade mark, copyright, designs and confidential information areas. Nina joins from Deacons in Hong Kong where she has been since 2015. Prior to joining Deacons, Nina spent eight years with Herbert Smith Freehills in Australia and then Hong Kong where she also focussed on patent litigation.

Lisa Ritson, global head of Ashurst’s IP team, commented:

“Nina’s appointment is a key part of our strategy to continue to invest in our first tier IP practice in Australia and to build the firm’s global intellectual property footprint. Nina is a highly regarded and accomplished practitioner whose outstanding expertise in patent litigation will enhance our leading IP practice and add real value to our clients.”

Co-head of Ashurst’s Strategic Division, Lea Constantine, added:

“Nina has significant experience across all areas of IP, with a particular focus in pharmaceuticals and technology, which is a perfect complement to our existing offering. We are delighted to welcome Nina to the team and are confident that she will make a significant contribution in further developing our IP practice in Australia.”

Nina Fitzgerald said:

“Ashurst’s top-tier intellectual property team is internationally renowned for both the quality of its lawyers and exceptional client base so this is the perfect platform for me. I am incredibly excited about joining such an impressive team and look forward to the opportunity to help to grow the IP capability further.”

This appointment follows on from the appointment of IP partner David Wilkinson in Ashurst’s London team and the promotion of Stuart D’Aloisio as partner in the Melbourne IP practice.

Weil Elects 11 New Partners and 10 New Counsel

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP announced today that it has elected 11 new partners and 10 new counsel, effective January 1, 2019.

“I am very pleased to announce this group of diverse and talented lawyers who make up our new partner and counsel class,” said Executive Partner Barry Wolf. “They practice across the Firm’s four departments, Corporate, Litigation, Business Finance & Restructuring and Tax, highlighting the strength of our global platform.”

The new partners and counsel are based in the Firm’s Frankfurt, London, New York and Silicon Valley offices.

The new partners and counsel are:

Partners
James Bromley: Private Funds (London)
Jessica Falk: Complex Commercial Litigation (New York)
Ludger Kempf: Tax (Frankfurt)
Cassie Kimmelman: Private Funds (New York)
Shawn Kodes: Structured Finance (New York)
Justin Lee: Banking & Finance (New York)
Jessica Liou: Business Finance & Restructuring (New York)
Alexander Martin: Structured Finance (London)
Gabriel Morgan: Business Finance & Restructuring (New York)
Gemma Sage: Business Finance & Restructuring (London)
Derek Walter: Patent Litigation (Silicon Valley)

Counsel
Nenka Berberova: Banking & Finance (London)
Clare Cottle: Business Finance & Restructuring (London)
Caroline Geiger: Technology & IP Transactions (New York) (Ms. Geiger is currently on secondment.)
Gabriel Gershowitz: Private Equity/M&A (New York)
Debora Hoehne: Business Finance & Restructuring (New York)
Aron Joy: Tax/Private Funds (London)
Tom McKay: Business Finance & Restructuring (London)
Melissa Meyrowitz: Real Estate (New York)
Alex Purtill: Private Equity/M&A (Silicon Valley)
Sasha Shulzhenko: Banking & Finance (New York)