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DLA Piper boosts London Real Estate practice with key partner hire

DLA Piper today announces that Lorraine Reader will be joining as a partner in its Real Estate practice, based in London.

Lorraine will be joining the firm from DWF where she has been a partner since 2013. She specializes in real estate work acting for developers, funds and investors with a particular focus on portfolio acquisitions across a range of different asset classes. Her clients range from private equity investors, owner occupiers, funds and institutional investors to mainstream developers and high net worth individuals.

Antoine Mercier, Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Real Estate practice, said: “Lorraine’s extensive experience and skill set perfectly complement our global business. She is a highly-respected lawyer and I am confident that she will deliver great results for clients and will play a key role in further developing our capabilities in the London real estate market and across Europe.”

Norton Rose Fulbright announces 46 promotions globally

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has today announced 46 partner promotions worldwide. These promotions are effective as of January 1, 2019.

The promotions are being made across ten of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global practice groups: corporate, M&A and securities (13); banking and finance (10); antitrust and competition (4); intellectual property (4); dispute resolution and litigation (4); employment and labour (3); insurance (2); projects (2); real estate (2); risk advisory (1) and tax (1).

Female partners account for 39 per cent of the promotions globally (18 out of 46).

Peter Martyr, global chief executive commented:

“I am delighted to welcome the new partners who will play a key role in the future development of the business. These promotions underline our commitment to our industry strengths and practice areas. The partners will continue to support clients across our sectors and help achieve the firm’s global ambitions. Congratulations to all those promoted.”

Pinsent Masons announces launch of Frankfurt presence

International law firm Pinsent Masons today announced plans to open an office in Frankfurt, its third location in Germany. Frankfurt is one of the world’s most important financial centres and Germany’s financial capital.

The Frankfurt office will focus on the technology, energy and real estate sectors initially as well developing a financial services offering.

The firm’s newest location in Germany will be founded by six highly regarded partners in the Frankfurt market:

Dr. Volker Balda joins from KPMG Law where he was M&A head for Germany and co-head of the global corporate law practice. As a highly regarded M&A transactional lawyer, Dr. Balda has advised German and international clients on landmark transactions and reorganisations in the German market, including advising Itzehoher Versicherungen on the acquisition of the defence insurance business from Alte Leipziger Versicherung

Dr. Markus J Friedl joins from Dechert, where he advised clients on national and cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings. He has significant experience advising on regulations for foreign investors in Germany.

Ronald Meiβner joins from Oppenhoff & Partners where he advised German and international clients on cross-border M&A and joint venture projects as well as on group structures and corporate restructurings and reorganisations.

Dr. Tobias Nuβ joins from Beiten Burkhardt where he was a real estate transaction specialist advising on cross-border transactions as well as national and international clients on all aspects of real estate and corporate structuring.

Dr. Nils Rauer, joins from Hogan Lovells where he led the global copyright group. Nils specialises in the field of IP and IT, notably copyright law, protection and exploitation of digital assets and data. Highly experienced in strategic and litigious matters, Dr. Rauer has achieved landmark decisions both on national and EU level before the CJEU. Most recently, he has focussed on the implementation of the Digital Single Market, the utilization of data in the context of industry 4.0, as well as the challenges of geo-blocking, portability of online content and GDPR-related matters. Amongst his clients are world-leading ISPs, VOD and music providers, car manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies as well as institutions from the educational sector.
Sven Schulte-Hillen was previously at Dechert where he advised German and international clients on complex multi-jurisdictional acquisition and finance transactions, often involving major industrial operations and corporate structures globally. In addition to M&A, he also advises clients in distressed situations and on German insolvency.

This will be the third office that Pinsent Masons has opened in Germany in the last six years, following the launch of Munich in 2012 and Düsseldorf in 2016. Since establishing its presence in Germany, Pinsent Masons has now grown to a headcount of over 180 people, consisting of 38 partners and over 100 lawyers, and is ranked one of the top 50 law firms in Germany by influential legal publisher, JUVE.

The German offices have advised on a series of standout deals in the region, including advising German tech ‘unicorn’ ABOUT YOU (an unlisted US$1bn company) on a US$300m funding deal, completing three Frankfurt Stock Exchange IPOs, and advising Redefine International PLC on the disposal of a German retail portfolio of 66 properties for EUR 205 million.

Over the last 12 months, the firm appointed Eike Grunert in Munich and Jochen Pörtge in Düsseldorf to foster the firms global compliance and white collar investigations offering, Martin Eimer to its international finance & projects team, Marc Salevic to its global TMT practice, and Dr. Thomas Peschke in Düsseldorf to further expand the firm´s M&A capabilities in Germany and beyond.
Richard Foley, senior partner of Pinsent Masons, commented:

“Our vision is to be recognised as an international market leader in the global sectors in which we operate and our success in Germany over the last six years demonstrates that our clients value the sector specialism that we bring to the market. Pinsent Masons is a firm that grows together with clients, collaborating to drive innovation and change within their industries. Broadening our presence in the region enhances our ability to deliver this across Germany.”

Rainer Kreifels, head of Pinsent Masons in Germany added:

“Establishing a presence in Frankfurt has been part of our vision for Germany from the outset. The new office in addition to our Munich and Düsseldorf locations will increase the strength and depth of our offering for clients locally and internationally. Our team in Germany has deep sector specialism, which is a core component of the commercial and legal advice we provide to clients. This will be further enhanced as we broaden our reach across the German market.”

Fried Frank Welcomes Leading REIT Duo Stuart A. Barr and Cameron N. Cosby

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that REIT duo Stuart A. Barr and Cameron N. Cosby have joined the Firm as partners in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Barr and Mr. Cosby will work closely with the Firm’s robust capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and real estate practices to represent real estate investment trust (REIT) clients.

Mr. Barr will be a partner in the Corporate Department and will serve as the head of the Firm’s REIT Practice. He represents issuer and underwriter clients on public equity and debt offerings, including initial public offerings, and also represents public REITs and private real estate companies on merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Cosby joins as a partner in the Tax Department and will focus on advising REITs on the tax aspects of real estate and partnership transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, merger and acquisition transactions, and joint ventures. Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Barr and Mr. Cosby were both partners at Hogan Lovells.

“Stuart and Cam’s extensive REIT experience will help further augment our current practice and provide our clients in this space with sophisticated legal counsel on their most complex needs,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “I am thrilled to welcome them to the Firm.”

“We are uniquely positioned to provide market-leading expertise in both our real estate and REIT practices,” added Jonathan L. Mechanic, chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Department. “I look forward to partnering with Stuart and Cam.”

“We are excited to add a partner of Stuart’s reputation and experience to head our REIT practice. He brings a wealth of securities law expertise and real estate industry knowledge to the Firm, further deepening our strong practices. Cam’s high-caliber tax expertise will be of great help in this space as well,” said Daniel J. Bursky, head of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice. “We are confident that Stuart and Cam’s addition will only further help our clients strategically navigate this sector in upcoming years.”

Mr. Barr is consistently recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leading individual in REITs, and by Legal 500 in US Real Estate: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). He received his JD, cum laude, from New York University School of Law and his BS, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

Mr. Cosby is regularly recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leading individual in REITs: Tax and by Legal 500 in US Real Estate: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), and US Taxes: Non-Contentious. He received his JD from William & Mary Law School, where he was editor of the Administrative Law Review, and his BS from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.

“Stuart and Cam bring with them an outstanding REIT practice that aligns well with our current capital markets, tax, mergers and acquisitions and real estate expertise,” added Alan S. Kaden, co-chair of Fried Frank’s Tax Department and managing partner of the Washington, DC office. ”We are pleased to welcome them to the Firm, and to the DC office.”

Clients regularly turn to Fried Frank for REIT-related transactions. The Firm serves as principal corporate, tax, and securities counsel for public and private REITs, real estate operating companies, and other real estate financing companies as well as investment banks, financial institutions, and real estate funds. The group is well-versed in the issues facing public and private real estate companies and real estate financing companies and offers a range of advisory services, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions transactions, roll-ups, financings, securities offerings, and restructurings. The REIT group also represents clients in portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, joint venture transactions, and the formation of real estate funds.

Fried Frank Expands Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in Europe, Welcomes Partner Ian Lopez in London

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Ian Lopez will join the Firm as a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice. He will be based in the London office.

Mr. Lopez has extensive experience advising on public mergers and acquisitions (both recommended and hostile transactions), private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, and corporate restructurings across a broad range of industries and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on life sciences; healthcare; and technology, media, and telecommunications.

“As we continue to grow our international transactional capabilities, we are confident that Ian’s addition will provide our European, US and international clients with strengthened M&A European support,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “We are very pleased to welcome him to the Firm.”

“Ian is widely recognized in the M&A space and his versatile experience directly complements our core capabilities in London,” added Mark Mifsud, managing partner of the Firm’s London office. “We look forward to working with him as we continue our mission of developing further a stronger M&A practice in Europe.”

Mr. Lopez’s arrival expands on the continuing growth of the Firm’s London office, which recently welcomed Ashar Qureshi as the head of EMEA Global Transactions, and corporate special counsel Taylor Souter. Earlier this year, the London office also welcomed corporate asset management partner Sam Wilson.

Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Lopez was a corporate partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and was previously a partner at Allen & Overy. He received his law degree, with First Class Honors, from Chester Law School; and his BA from Durham University.

Fried Frank is a pioneer in mergers and acquisitions, handling some of the largest and most complex US and global deals for more than three decades. The Firm represents the full spectrum of M&A players in the US and Europe, from major Fortune 500 corporations to private equity firms, investment banks and acquisitive hedge funds, as well as investors and hedge funds investing in distressed situations. Fried Frank also has one of the premier international private equity practices, with more than 100 attorneys actively engaged in various aspects of private equity transactions in the US and Europe. The practice regularly provides counsel to prominent fund sponsors and investors on the full range of their investment-related activities, including fund formations, leveraged buyouts, consortium bids, syndications, and exit strategies.

Clifford Chance elects new Senior Partner

Leading international law firm, Clifford Chance has elected Jeroen Ouwehand as its new Senior Partner. Jeroen will succeed incumbent Malcolm Sweeting and serve a four-year term, starting 1 January 2019.

Jeroen Ouwehand has been Office Managing Partner for Clifford Chance’s Amsterdam office since 2015 and leads the firm’s Continental European Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Jeroen was a member of the firm’s Partner Selection Group from 2010-2015. He specialises in financial, commercial and corporate litigation and arbitration.

Malcolm Sweeting commented, “Jeroen will make an excellent Senior Partner for the firm. During his career at Clifford Chance, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to our clients and a sharp understanding of how the world they operate in is changing, and what that means for our firm, our clients and our markets. As we focus on our future, and how we realise our vision globally, this ability to integrate effectively an external perspective with the dynamics of our partnership and wider firm will be crucial.”

Jeroen commented, “I am honoured to have been elected as our next Senior Partner and thank partners for the trust they have put in me. This is a fantastic firm, with huge opportunities ahead of us. I am greatly looking forward to working alongside my fellow Partnership Council members, with Matthew, the partnership and all of our talented colleagues across the firm to ensure that we are constantly challenging ourselves to anticipate and respond to changing global and economic realities, to the march of technology and an increasingly complex legal landscape.”

Matthew Layton added, “I congratulate Jeroen on his election and look forward to working with him in his new position. He steps into big shoes: Malcolm has done an exemplary job as Senior Partner, playing an invaluable role in supporting the firm as we have undergone significant changes over the past four years, in particular. Malcolm has also been a tireless ambassador for the firm, engaging with clients, policy makers and other influencers across the globe, bringing an international perspective and deep insight into some of the key issues shaping our world. On behalf of all the partners, I’d like to thank him for his huge dedication over the past eight years in post.”

Clifford Chance hires competition and technology expert to join its leading antitrust practice

International law firm Clifford Chance announced today that Pierre-Andre Dubois will join the firm in January 2019 as Of Counsel based in Brussels, bringing over 25 years’ experience in antitrust and technology matters.

Pierre joins from leading technology company, where he is Global Privacy Director and Data Protection Officer. Prior to this, Pierre was the Assistant General Counsel, EU Director for Competition, Privacy and Litigation at Amazon in Luxembourg and a Partner of Kirkland & Ellis in London. His strong experience in intellectual property and the technology sector, gained from both in-house and private practice environments, spans a wide range of expertise from e-commerce and IT infrastructure to pharmaceutical, chemicals, finance and industry. Pierre’s antitrust expertise includes cross-border merger clearance, behavioural and sector investigations and pricing issues.

Commenting on the appointment, Thomas Vinje, Partner and Chairman of the Global Antitrust Group at Clifford Chance, said: “We are delighted to have Pierre joining our Antitrust practice. His expertise in antitrust, and his strong reputation among regulators across jurisdictions, will further strengthen the Antitrust team’s leading position. At the same time, Pierre’s in-depth understanding of and substantial experience in the technology sector and on data protection regulation will be an invaluable asset to our clients.”

“I am excited to be joining the exceptional team at Clifford Chance, where I will be working with some of the leading antitrust experts. I look forward to working with the team, advising tech and non-tech clients as they navigate an era of technology evolution and transformation,” said Pierre-Andre Dubois.

Clifford Chance has a top ranked global Corporate practice and global Antitrust team combining specialised knowledge with economic and regulatory expertise and regularly advises on some of the most high-profile, complex work. The firm’s Tech Group is an integrated multidisciplinary team of over 400 tech-savvy lawyers located around the world delivering holistic, joined up, expert legal advice to both tech and non-tech clients on their most exciting, complex and transformational tech-related matters. Recently, the firm advised FairSearch, the main complainant in the European Commission’s investigations into Google’s anticompetitive practices regarding Android, which resulted in a record fine imposed on the technology giant.

Pinsent Masons announces triple partner hire in Dublin

Bringing the partnership team to seven in total, the trio will strengthen the firm’s offering across Financial Services, Real Estate and Energy & Projects at their Windmill Lane (Dublin 2) premises.

A global 100 law firm, Pinsent Masons has an all-island offering with premises in Dublin and Belfast, as well as employing over 3000 people globally across 24 offices, including over 1500 lawyers and 400 partners.

Garrett Monaghan comes on board from DWF, and prior to that Arthur Cox. Garrett is highly regarded within the Irish energy, projects and project finance sectors and has particular expertise in the development, acquisition and financing of renewables with extensive energy trading experience. He will bring Pinsent Masons’ global credentials into a market that is undergoing significant regulatory change in parallel to the wider development of large offshore wind, solar and interconnection projects. Garrett will work with Belfast based partner Richard Murphy to present and deliver our market leading all-island energy advice.

Kevin Collins joins from Eversheds Sutherland and will build out the property and real estate practice in Dublin. He has experience in both national and international firms with a focus on commercial property, encompassing all aspects of transactional work in real estate, energy, retail and leisure.

Ann Lalor joins from Whitney Moore. She is a banking partner with extensive experience in acting for Irish and international banks and financial institutions, mezzanine lenders, private funders and corporate borrowers across real estate and construction, transport, retail, natural resources and energy sectors.

Gayle Bowen, Head of Pinsent Masons’ Dublin Office said:

“The rate at which we are growing our team with highly skilled, sector-focused, senior lawyers is a further signal of our ambition in Ireland. When we launched in Dublin the initial focus of the Dublin office was on the Financial Services and Technology sectors. Our latest hires broaden our local offering to all five of the firm’s global sectors, bringing expertise in Energy, Infrastructure and Real Estate as well as building out our Financial Services capability and bolster our international sectoral bench strength.

Since our launch we have quickly gathered momentum. Clients, both in Ireland and internationally, are enthusiastic about our unique approach to legal service delivery, which combines our people, processes and technology to develop bespoke solutions for our clients.

I’m delighted to welcome our new colleagues to the team as they become part of delivering our vision to become an international market leader in our global sectors.”

News Clifford Chance hires Geoffrey Scardoni to join its leading Tax practice in Luxembourg

International law firm Clifford Chance has appointed Geoffrey Scardoni as a partner in the firm’s leading tax practice in Luxembourg.

Scardoni, who joins today, previously led the Luxembourg tax practice at DLA Piper where he gained extensive experience in tax matters relating to funds and investment structures working for PE firms, asset managers and financial institutions.

Commenting on the appointment, Chris Davies, Global Practice Area Leader for Tax, Pensions, and Employment at Clifford Chance, said: “Geoffrey is a valuable addition to our tax practice, which plays a key role in structuring investments and other transactions in Europe. Luxembourg is a vital hub for fund managers and financial investors and Geoffrey brings the capability and experience that those clients require.”

Scardoni adds: “I look forward to working with the incredibly talented team at Clifford Chance, both in Luxembourg and across the wider network. This is both an exciting and a challenging time, and I look forward to collaborating with clients on some of their most critical and complex challenges in the years to come.”

Clifford Chance has one of the largest international tax group of any single law firm. The team works closely with non-tax colleagues to deliver the seamless and truly global tax advice critical to many of our clients’ most critical and complex projects.

Highly Regarded IP Partner Joins Cooley in London

Cooley is expanding its intellectual property team with the addition of Charlie Winckworth, who joins in London as a partner. He arrives from Hogan Lovells.

“Charlie has a well-established reputation in our market,” said Justin Stock, managing partner of Cooley’s London office. “His deep IP experience bridges several key practice areas, strengthening our full-service offerings for clients here in London and around the world. We are eager to work closely alongside him.”

Winckworth advises global clients on the strategic aspects of obtaining, protecting and commercializing intellectual property rights as well as enforcing them and taking other practical steps to prevent misuse.

“Cooley’s platform is a natural extension of my practice,” Winckworth said. “I’ve had the fortune of working closely with some of the firm’s partners, and I know my work, particularly with e-commerce, tech and life sciences companies, will prove a fruitful match. Most of all, I’m happy to be joining the renowned team here – the commitment and camaraderie is powerful.”

Winckworth studied at Durham University and earned a diploma in IP law and practice from the University of Bristol. Prior to Cooley, he had spent his entire career at Hogan Lovells, where he was a partner and co-lead of the London trademark team.

With 200 IP attorneys across the US and UK, Cooley has a market-leading, full-service IP practice. Cooley provides prosecution and counseling services that allow clients to gain the most value from their IP and represents clients in complex infringement lawsuits in which core products and brands are at stake.