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Signature Litigation launches Paris office and grows by a third

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Paris office, and financial growth of 35%.

Our Paris office of 12 individuals at present is led by a three partner team, comprising Thomas Rouhette, former head of Hogan Lovells’ Paris disputes practice, Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, previously a member of the litigation team of Hogan Lovells for over 10 years, and Emmanuèle Lutfalla, an insurance and reinsurance litigation specialist, who joins Signature Litigation from Soulié & Coste-Floret, a boutique French insurance disputes firm.

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Thomas is recognised as one of the leading French litigators. He is an expert in international, cross-border litigation and has acted in some of the most major litigations before the French courts on behalf of companies in the scope of a wide-ranging practice, including contract litigation, corporate and banking disputes as well as fraud and asset tracing.

Emmanuèle has over 20 years’ experience and specialises in insurance and reinsurance litigation. She has been involved in some of the most important product liability cases on behalf of insurers and reinsurers, for instance in the life sciences and medical devices industry. She is also known for her work in sensitive construction matters.

Sylvie is one of the youngest French practitioners recognised for her skills as a litigator by the Directories. She specialises in all complex disputes linked to products, such as product liability, product safety, toxic tort, mass litigation and class actions. She represents manufacturers from various industries such as automotive, electronic products, cosmetics, new technologies, steel, energy, food, and toys.

Commenting on the launch, Thomas said: “As a conflict-free litigation specialist, Signature Litigation operates in a special space in the industry. Such dedicated firms have proven their success in the US and the UK. We are sure that they are the future of the Paris market as well. I am relishing the opportunity to add to Signature’s leading litigation offering.”

Sylvie commented: “I am delighted to be joining Signature as a Partner. The Firm has a formidable reputation and I look forward to working with the partners to build the Firm’s practice in Paris with the same professional approach taken by our colleagues in London.”

Emmanuèle said: “My expertise in insurance and reinsurance litigation will complement Signature’s already well established offering, and I look forward to working with their team of high calibre litigators on high-value, complex disputes.”

Founding Partner, Graham Huntley, commented: “The launch of a Paris office is not part of a determined international strategy but rather a reflection of a desire to complement our existing practices in London and Gibraltar with people who we know will fit in and prosper as part of our unique all-member profit sharing and open management style. Paris of course is special in many ways, and it will help us to develop a broader litigation and arbitration practice unaffected by Brexit which itself we believe will not affect the dispute resolution activity in London.”
The three partners will be supported by a team of Associates, all with experience in working on high-value, complex commercial litigation.

In 2017/18, Signature Litigation’s turnover increased by 35% to £16.3 million. Revenues were spread across a wide range of cases across industries including banking, pensions, private equity, trusts and insurance.

Signature also announced an annual profit share of 13.6%, paid to all members of the Firm.
Kevin Munslow, CEO of Signature Litigation, commented: “We continue to pursue our strategy of consistent and managed year on year growth, and we take pride in having a system which returns the value of our success to every employee in the firm without the intervention of any discretionary element.”

Gowling WLG welcomes planning and environment partner Ben Stansfield

Gowling WLG is pleased to welcome highly respected partner, Ben Stansfield, to its successful planning team.

Ben brings with him 15 years of experience in planning and environmental law and has previously advised on a wide range of complex issues such as the development and consenting of renewable energy projects and other infrastructure; environmental permitting and licensing; and international environmental law. During his career he has acted for a broad range of clients such as North London Waste Authority, GAP Group and London and Cambridge Properties.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Ben was the Head of the Environment and Planning Group at Stephenson Harwood, and before that a senior associate at Clifford Chance. Well-known for his excellent client handling skills, Ben is widely respected in the industry and was named as a leading individual in both the Planning and Environment sectors by Legal500 and Chambers & Partners in 2018.
Ben is also a former Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and is chairing the organising committee for UKELA’s annual conference in 2019.

Vicky Fowler, head of planning at Gowling WLG, said: “Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Ben has an impressive track record in the planning industry for his broad practice and client service. We’re really pleased to have him on board and enhance our ever-growing client offering”.

On his appointment to the firm, Ben said “It is fantastic to be joining such an agile, forward-thinking international firm at what is a very interesting time for our clients, and a time when public focus on climate change and sustainability has never been so great. I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues and being part of Gowling WLG.”

Gowling WLG partnership grows with 23 new members in Canada and Russia

Gowling WLG is pleased to announce the admission of 23 legal professionals in Canada and Russia to its partnership, effective January 1, 2019.

The incoming partners possess a wide range of expertise across business law, litigation and intellectual property law.

“Our new partners are talented, hard-working individuals who consistently find innovative ways to put our clients first,” said Peter Lukasiewicz, CEO of Gowling WLG Canada. “I congratulate them on this well-deserved career milestone and wish them all the best as they continue to advance their practices and strengthen our international firm.”

Fried Frank Elects Ten New Partners and Promotes Eight New Special Counsel

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that it has elected ten new partners and promoted eight new special counsel, effective March 1, 2019.

“We are committed to providing our clients with the very best advice on their most complex matters and, therefore, place extraordinary importance on attracting, developing, retaining and promoting the most talented people,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “We are delighted to congratulate our new partners and special counsel on their well-deserved promotion.”

Arthur Cox Appoints New Partner and Head of Project and Infrastructure Finance

Arthur Cox is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Dunn as a Partner and Head of the Project and Infrastructure Finance Group.

Matt joins Arthur Cox from Clifford Chance where he was a partner in the Finance Department. Matt has advised borrowers and lenders, including direct lending funds, on leveraged finance transactions, event-driven corporate financings, infrastructure / secured debt platform financings, emerging markets project financings, as well as the Loan Market Association on its suite of leveraged finance documentation.

Matt brings substantial senior international finance expertise that is unique in the Irish market. He will work closely with the firm’s Infrastructure, Construction & Utilities Group on financings in the infrastructure and utilities sectors, including PFI and PPP financings.

Commenting on the appointment, Brian O’Gorman, Managing Partner of Arthur Cox, said: “We are delighted to welcome Matt to the firm. Matt brings with him a wealth of international finance experience and has advised on some of the largest cross-border acquisition financings in Europe in recent years. The addition of Matt to our team will further strengthen our market leading offering to clients in the infrastructure and utilities sectors”.

Pictured from left to right are partners Alex McLean; Matt Dunn; Grainne Hennessy; and Cormac Kissane.

Five New Partners at Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox is pleased to announce the appointment of five new partners at its Dublin office, further strengthening the firm’s expertise in tax, asset management and investment funds, corporate M&A, commercial property and technology and innovation.

Announcing the appointments, Managing Partner Brian O’Gorman said “the promotions are from a broad spectrum of practice areas and reflect the depth of talent in Arthur Cox. I am delighted to welcome the new partners, who will each play a role in the development of the firm and ensure that we continue to evolve and deliver the highest quality advice to our clients.”

“We have appointed 17 new partners since 2016, ten of whom are women. Gender diversity is a core business issue for us. Today, 33% of the firm’s partners are women. We are making real progress but we are not complacent. Diversity continues to be a key focus for the firm.”

Pictured from left to right are partners David Kilty, Órlaith Molloy, Managing Partner Brian O’Gorman, Siobhán McBean, Conor McCarthy, and Olivia Mullooly.

About the new partners
David Kilty – Partner, Tax

David advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of tax issues, including those relating to mergers & acquisitions, migrations, restructurings, re-organisations, structuring of intellectual property assets, financing transactions and tax disputes.

Órlaith Molloy – Partner, Commercial Property
Órlaith has broad experience in all aspects of commercial property law and her main focus areas are in commercial conveyancing, landlord and tenant matters and acting for lending institutions in financing commercial property transactions.

Siobhán McBean – Partner, Asset Management and Investment Funds
Siobhán advises on all legal and regulatory issues relating to the establishment, structuring and ongoing regulation of investment funds and fund managers in Ireland.

Conor McCarthy – Partner, Corporate M&A
Conor advises public and private industry-leading Irish and international companies on all aspects of company law. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance transactions, cross border mergers, corporate reorganisations and general corporate/commercial law advice.

Olivia Mullooly – Partner, Technology and Innovation
Olivia has extensive experience advising on intellectual property, data protection and information technology matters across a range of sectors, such as technology and internet companies, content owners, healthcare industries, retail and consumer industries, education and research.

Dorsey Adds Experienced Litigator Anthony Badaracco in New York

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that Anthony P. Badaracco has joined the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Group as Of Counsel in Dorsey’s New York office.

Mr. Badaracco’s practice focuses on antitrust, commercial litigation and government enforcement matters. He has represented clients in the telecommunications, financial services, advertising, healthcare, automotive and pharmaceutical industries in matters pending in federal and state court and in investigations by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission and by state enforcement agencies. Mr. Badaracco has substantial and successful first-chair experience in all phases of civil litigation from pleadings through discovery, trials, and appeals, and he has helped numerous clients achieve outright victories and favorable settlements. In the antitrust area, he assists clients in obtaining antitrust clearance from the federal enforcement agencies for mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures and provides comprehensive pre-integration counsel. He also serves as outside general counsel to industry trade associations and regularly provides antitrust compliance counseling to other associations and to corporations.

Mr. Badaracco joins Dorsey from the New York office of K&L Gates LLP. He has an A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law. He is a prolific speaker and author of articles and updates on various legal topics, focusing on developments in antitrust, civil jury trial practice, and association law. He has also maintained an active pro bono practice in both criminal and civil matters.

“Dorsey has prided itself on having tremendous depth and breadth in its commercial litigation capacity for over a century,” noted Bill Stoeri, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “Tony Badaracco will be a terrific addition to our Firm-wide Trial Group and to the superb litigation team based in our New York office.”

“I am very pleased to be joining Dorsey,” noted Mr. Badaracco. “I have admired the firm for a long time, and I look forward to serving Dorsey’s exceptional clients across the country and around the world.”

Leading Antitrust and Investigations Partner Daiske Yoshida Joins Morrison & Foerster in Tokyo

Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Daiske Yoshida has joined the firm’s Global Antitrust Law and Investigations + White Collar Defense practices as a partner in the Tokyo office. Mr. Yoshida brings to the firm more than 20 years of cross-border regulatory experience in both the United States and Japan across a wide range of sectors including the life sciences and electronics industries. He began his career in New York before relocating to Tokyo where he has practiced for the last 12 years.

Mr. Yoshida’s practice focuses on cross-border litigation, arbitration, and investigations. Mr. Yoshida has led large-scale government and internal investigations in Japan, the U.S., and Europe involving antitrust, anti-corruption, securities law, corporate governance, and economic sanctions issues. He has also represented clients in U.S. federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and international arbitrations.

“Daiske’s addition strengthens our ability to help our clients navigate the growing complexities of international litigation as well as broad experience with cartel and other investigations,” said Ken Siegel, Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office. “His background practicing in both the U.S. and Japan provides our clients with a valuable global perspective and they will benefit from his proven ability to counsel on cross-border matters.”

Louise Stoupe, head of the Tokyo Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group, added: “Daiske’s deep experience in antitrust and investigations matters will be a tremendous asset for our clients not only in Japan, but globally as well. He has deservedly established a reputation in Tokyo as a market leader who has successfully represented many Japanese companies. I’m excited about the depth that Daiske adds to our growing Tokyo Litigation Department.”

Mr. Yoshida is the latest partner to recently join Morrison & Foerster’s Global Antitrust Law practice. Lisa Phelan, who is based in Washington, D.C. and has a strong presence in Asia, came to the firm in July after 16 years as the Chief of the National Criminal Enforcement and Washington Criminal I Sections of the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Vishal Mehta, also located in Washington, D.C., joined the group in October, bringing a broad range of antitrust experience including M&A, investigations, litigation, compliance, counseling, and public affairs. Morrison & Foerster has also been expanding its Investigations + White Collar Defense practice over the last few months. Most recently, former prosecutor and industry-leading compliance executive Christine Wong joined the firm’s San Francisco office.

“The commitment Morrison & Foerster has shown to continuing to build out its antitrust and investigations groups on a global scale and to growing its footprint in Japan makes it a perfect fit for my practice,” Mr. Yoshida said. “I am proud to join the top international law firm in Japan. I look forward to collaborating with the talented attorneys at MoFo and to working with our industry-leading, innovative clients.”

Morrison & Foerster Strengthens Executive Compensation Capabilities with Addition of Two New Partners

Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Ann Becchina and Ron Aizen have joined the firm’s New York office as partners in the Executive Compensation + ERISA Group. Ms. Becchina and Mr. Aizen further expand Morrison & Foerster’s executive compensation offerings and bring extensive experience in this area to its Private Funds Group, Mergers + Acquisitions Group, and Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group. They both come to Morrison & Foerster from Davis Polk.

“Executive compensation is a critical component to a company’s business model. We are therefore delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen our group with two of the finest legal practitioners in the space,” said Anthony J. Carbone, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Tax Department. “Ann and Ron, with diverse skill sets, bring a thorough understanding of the intricate issues unique to compensatory and benefit arrangements. Their counsel will be invaluable to many of our clients involved in fund formations, M&A deals, and restructuring.”

Brett Miller, managing partner of Morrison & Foerster’s New York office and a partner in its Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group, added: “Ann and Ron are the latest talented partners to join our team in New York and are an important addition to both our office and the firm. I look forward to working with them on critical matters for our clients.”

With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Becchina provides sophisticated guidance to clients with complex compensation needs. Focusing her practice on federal tax and securities law aspects of executive compensation arrangements, Ms. Becchina regularly advises issuers, financial institutions, private funds and investment managers on a range of SEC-related issues, including reporting of beneficial ownership under Sections 13 and 16 under the Securities and Exchange Act. She also advises on the fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA in connection with investment products and services. She has particularly deep experience structuring and providing advice regarding complex compensatory structured products, carry and notional plans, and other equity-related programs for investment professional participation. Additionally, Ms. Becchina advises global, multinational clients on their cross-border executive compensation arrangements.

“What attracted me most to Morrison & Foerster is its prominent global client base, particularly in the tech industry, and its reputation for outstanding and creative client service,” said Ms. Becchina. “MoFo represents some of the most innovative companies in the world, and I look forward to having the opportunity to advise them on their compensation needs.”

With approximately 15 years of experience, Mr. Aizen regularly advises clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and bankruptcies, and equity capital markets matters, such as initial public offerings. He often counsels clients on compensatory and benefit arrangements in connection with a particular corporate transaction, handling the negotiating and drafting of relevant plans and agreements. Mr. Aizen also advises on tax and securities law considerations relating to compensatory arrangements, and helps public companies navigate compensation-related disclosure and corporate governance issues.

“I am delighted to join a growing practice at a firm of Morrison & Foerster’s global stature,” said Mr. Aizen. “The current strategic expansion of the firm’s tax offerings, which includes executive compensation, makes this a particularly exciting time to come to MoFo. I am also very impressed with the firm’s energizing culture.”

Ms. Becchina received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and served as senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. Mr. Aizen received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he graduated with high honors and served as notes editor of the Duke Law Journal.

DLA Piper expands new Dublin office with four-partner hire

DLA Piper today announces the appointment of four new partners from highly-regarded Irish firms to its newly opened Dublin office into four key practice areas of Finance and Projects (F&P), Corporate, Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) and Employment. These hires follow the appointment of Corporate partner David Carthy as Ireland Country Managing Partner in May 2018.

Conor Houlihan will lead the firm’s F&P practice in Ireland. He joins from Dillon Eustace where he has been a partner since 2006 and has also served as head of their Banking and Capital Markets team. His practice covers a broad range of finance work including debt capital markets, securitization and structured finance, as well as a variety of cross-border financing work for borrowers and lenders across real estate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, distressed assets, fund finance and asset finance. Conor has extensive experience advising on the acquisition, financing and management of non-performing loans and other distressed investments in a number of jurisdictions.

Éanna Mellett will join DLA Piper’s Corporate practice from Matheson where he has been a partner since 2013. For the last two years he has also been head of Matheson’s London office. Éanna primarily advises on M&A, private equity and corporate reorganizations. In this field, he has advised a number of leading Irish and international companies, institutions and PE houses. He has a particular focus on the energy and renewables sector.

Mark Rasdale will join DLA Piper’s IPT practice from Irish law firm A&L Goodbody, where he has been a partner since 2010. He advises clients across various sectors on strategic sourcing and commercial contracts, technology and IP matters and data protection compliance. He has particular experience in technology procurement, outsourcing and transformation projects having worked on many of the more material public and private sector outsourcing and technology transactions in the Irish market. He has extensive experience in strategic legal due diligence and transitional services arrangements in relation to corporate acquisitions, disposals and restructurings.

Ciara McLoughlin will join the firm’s Employment practice from A&L Goodbody where she has been a partner since 2015. Ciara provides strategic HR advice to international and domestic clients across all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Her expertise includes high-value multijurisdictional M&A and commercial transactions, as well as working on large-scale change management projects, working closely with Boards, HR and in-house legal teams. Ciara also advises on general policy matters through to the management of specific individuals. She will lead the firm’s Employment practice in Ireland.

These new partners will be joined by three Legal Directors: Corporate lawyers Micheál Mulvey and Edel O’Kelly from William Fry, and Finance lawyer Eileen Johnston from Arthur Cox.

Joint Managing Director for the UK and Europe at DLA Piper, Sandra Wallace, said: “The Irish legal market continues to grow in importance and having a strong presence in Dublin is a key priority for us. Our new office further strengthens our presence in Europe and underlines our ongoing commitment to better serve our global client base. We are the only truly global law firm with a presence in Dublin and the pipeline for the future looks strong as the country continues to attract some of the most exciting and innovative companies, particularly in the financial services, life sciences and technology sectors. I am confident that our new partners will make a significant contribution to the firm and to our clients, and will help us capitalise on the significant opportunities that lie ahead.”

Country Managing Partner for DLA Piper in Ireland, David Carthy, said: “Driven by a fast-growing economy, the Irish legal market is rapidly evolving and has entered a new phase of internationalization. The Irish market is mature and sophisticated but clients are looking for firms that disrupt the status quo, work differently and embrace innovation. They want a firm which can help them grow their businesses in an integrated way across multiple jurisdictions by combining a deep knowledge of their industries with an innovative approach to the delivery of legal services. These initial hires further demonstrate our commitment to meeting these needs and I am sure their experience will benefit our clients tremendously. I look forward to working with them, continuing to build our team and growing our business in Dublin over the coming years.”