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Three Crowns bolsters Middle East practice with Bahrain office launch

Three Crowns is delighted to announce that it has opened an office in Bahrain.

The office will be led by Three Crowns partners Jan Paulsson and Scott Vesel.

Three Crowns already has an established reputation and presence in the Middle East, counting the Kingdom of Bahrain and Sultanate of Oman amongst its clients, as well as a number of corporate clients with bases or activities in the region.  The firm has advised or represented clients in disputes arising in the energy, construction, telecoms and defence sectors and in jurisdictions across the region, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Yemen, the State of Libya and the Republic of Iraq.

Jan Paulsson is a founding partner of Three Crowns and has practiced exclusively as an advocate and arbitrator in international cases since 1975.  He arrives to Bahrain from the firm’s Washington, DC office, which has grown from two to 15 attorneys since its founding in 2014.  Jan has decades of experience representing parties in disputes arising in the Middle East, and has had a home in Bahrain for nearly twenty years.

Scott Vesel joined Three Crowns at its founding in 2014.  He has over a decade of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, technology and agribusiness sectors, with a particular focus on disputes arising in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

Reza Mohtashami QC, who previously practiced in Dubai for six years and has particular experience of handling disputes in the Middle East and North Africa, will continue to represent a wide range of clients from the region from the firm’s London office.

Three Crowns Partner Jan Paulsson said: “Given the rapid growth of the firm’s practice in the Middle East, Three Crowns’ decision to expand into the region was an obvious one.  In choosing Bahrain for our new office, we will benefit from its status as a sophisticated financial center and proximity to other key regional hubs.”

The Bahrain office is Three Crowns’ fourth international location following the firm’s launch in April 2014 when it simultaneously opened its doors in London, Paris and Washington D.C.

Goodwin Opens New Luxembourg Office to Augment London-based Luxembourg Capabilities

Global law firm Goodwin announced today the opening of a new office in Luxembourg. Together with Goodwin’s existing London-based Luxembourg desk, the new office will serve as a single solution for the firm’s global clients  raising and deploying capital in Europe.

“With a market-leading funds practice in the United States and Europe, and now an on-the-ground presence in Luxembourg to augment our well-established, London-based Luxembourg desk, Goodwin is uniquely positioned to serve multi-national financial institutions, fund sponsors and asset managers looking to do business in this favored international jurisdiction,” said Rob Insolia, Chairman of Goodwin. “As the firm at the confluence of capital and innovation, we are seeing increasing interest from our clients for structuring funds and doing deals in Luxembourg. We are pleased to open our newest office to address this demand.”

The Luxembourg practice will be led by partner Alexandrine Armstrong-Cerfontaine, who will split her time between London and Luxembourg.

The combined Luxembourg team brings deep experience in structuring and setting up Luxembourg-domiciled alternative investment funds formation with expertise in mid-market and large PE and RE funds, infrastructure funds and debt funds  – including unregulated and regulated funds – as well as setting-up long-term investment vehicles, JVs, carried-interest vehicles and advising limited partners investing through intermediate holding vehicles in Luxembourg. The team is a member of the Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry.

The Luxembourg office and London-based desk is part of  Goodwin’s international Private Investment Funds practice. The practices serves the key financial services sectors, including real estate, venture capital, private equity, infrastructure, natural resources and hedge funds, raising funds worldwide that range from less than $50 million to more than $17 billion. Earlier this year, the team advised four successful fund raises with an aggregate total of $33 billion over the course of just six weeks.

Winston & Strawn Enhances Transactions Capabilities in Europe With Addition of Four Partners in Paris

Winston & Strawn LLP is pleased to announce the addition of four partners to its Transactions Department in the Paris office. The group brings significant experience in the areas of cross-border M&A, private equity, banking, leveraged and project finance, tax, and restructuring to the firm.

“We have worked together for several years and are delighted to bring our team to Winston & Strawn,” said Jean-Patrice Labautière, one of the new Paris partners. “Winston has a strong global platform and the sector-specific excellence of the Paris office will be beneficial to our clients. We are looking forward to collaborating with the team in France and at the global level.”

DWF opens in Düsseldorf

Ten people, including five partners, will join DWF. Marccus Partners specialises in company law, M&A, insolvency, banking & finance, real estate and tax. Dr Norbert Knüppel, who is transferring from Marccus Partners, will be DWF’s executive partner in Düsseldorf.

DWF’s Düsseldorf opening will complement existing German offices in Berlin, Cologne and Munich, taking headcount in its German business to more than 80 people. Düsseldorf is DWF’s second new location since the IPO in March this year, following the entry into Poland in May with the acquisition of K&L Gates Jamka.

Ulrich Jüngst, chair of DWF in Europe, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Dr Knüppel and his team to DWF. They are very highly regarded and will be an excellent addition to our German business, significantly strengthening our corporate practice domestically as well as our ability to advise on cross-border transactions throughout Europe. This move further builds our international footprint, demonstrating continued delivery on this key IPO objective.”

Michael Falter, Managing Partner of DWF in Germany, added: “We welcome our new colleagues from Marccus Partners and look forward to working with them to develop an integrated Cologne – Düsseldorf office.”

Dr Norbert Knüppel said: “We were attracted to join DWF’s rapidly growing business with a strong reputation for innovation. It is investing in its national and global capabilities and we look forward to playing our part in DWF’s continued impressive expansion.”

These latest additions follow a busy month of expansion for DWF’s international business.  In September, DWF appointed a new corporate partner in Paris (Alexandre Piette), a head of insurance in Poland (Paweł Stykowski) and a new banking partner in the same office (Tomasz Kaczmarek).  It also appointed a new corporate principal lawyer in Sydney (Kim O’Reilly).

Weil to Add Leading M&A Partner David Avery-Gee in London

International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP today announced that David Avery-Gee will join the Firm as an M&A partner in the London office.

David is currently a corporate partner at Linklaters. He has advised on many high-profile and complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and IPOs across a range of sectors, including natural resources, energy and financial services. 

Weil Executive Partner Barry Wolf said: “David is a market leader in M&A with broad corporate experience, and we are delighted he is joining us during this exciting period of growth in our London and European platform.”

Commenting on the hire, Michael Aiello, Chairman of Weil’s Global Corporate Department said: “David’s client-centric approach combined with his technical and commercial skills make him a perfect addition to the leadership of our Global M&A boardroom practice.”

Weil London Managing Partner Mike Francies said: “David has a proven track record of advising high profile clients on some of the most significant transactions in the market. I look forward to working with David, Michael and our market-leading M&A and broader Corporate teams in the U.S. and Europe to develop new opportunities.”

Gibson Dunn Strengthens Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice with Addition of Three Highly Regarded Partners in New York

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Scott J. Greenberg, Steven A. Domanowski and Michael J. Cohen have joined the firm as partners in the New York office.  They all join from Jones Day, continuing their highly successful business restructuring and reorganization practice.

Greenberg, who was co-head of the Jones Day Business Restructuring & Reorganization practice out of the New York office, will serve as Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group.

“We are very excited to add this distinguished team to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Scott, Steve and Michael have significant experience and enjoy stellar reputations, particularly within the creditor-side of the restructuring space, and their addition will strengthen our global restructuring practice.”

“This team, which has built deep relationships with major institutions across a variety of investment classes, will nicely complement our premier practice on both the creditor and debtor sides of the house,” said David Feldman, Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group. “We’re delighted to welcome Scott, Steve and Michael to the firm.”

“We are thrilled to join Gibson Dunn,” said Greenberg.  “It is a great global firm with a deep bench of many talented practice groups to complement our top-notch restructuring team as we continue to grow our highly successful practice. The timing is perfect given the volume of work in the pipeline and the amount of distress coming down the pike.”

Gibson Dunn Adds Tax Partner Ben Fryer in London

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Ben Fryer will join the firm as a partner in the London office.  Currently a partner with Mayer Brown, Fryer will continue his tax practice at Gibson Dunn.

“We are pleased to welcome Ben to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “As we continue to grow our transactional practices in London, we also need to expand our tax practice.  Ben has a broad-based tax practice, covering a wide range of transactions, including M&A, private equity, capital markets, banking and corporate finance transactions, and real estate, as well as corporate reorganizations and debt restructurings.  He will help us both to meet increasing client demands and to build out our tax advisory work.”

“Ben will be an important addition to our growing tax practice in London,” said Jeffrey Trinklein, Partner in Charge of the London office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Group.  “He has a broad tax practice, and his strong technical skills are well known in the London market.  I look forward to collaborating with him on joint U.S. and U.K. tax issues for our clients.”

“I am thrilled to join the firm,” said Fryer.  “Gibson Dunn has a terrific platform in the UK and internationally, which is the ideal setting to continue expanding my transactional and advisory tax practice.”

DLA Piper continues Irish expansion with appointment of four new partners

DLA Piper today announces the appointment of four new partners to its recently opened Dublin office into four key practice areas of Finance and Projects (F&P), Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT), Tax and Real Estate. The new partners will be joined by three legal directors, as part of the firm’s ongoing expansion in Ireland.

Kate Curneen will join DLA Piper’s F&P practice from Dillon Eustace, where she has been a partner since 2016. Kate specialises in real estate, leveraged, structured and asset finance. She has been involved in a number of significant bank deleveraging transactions and also regularly advises on regulatory matters in the credit and lending sphere.

John Magee joins DLA Piper’s IPT practice from William Fry, where he has been a partner since 2016, specialising in technology, data privacy, data breach and cybersecurity. John has extensive experience advising clients in both commercial and technology law including licensing, outsourcing, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property. John is also involved in an advisory capacity on a number of accelerator programs and industry working groups. He assists businesses across a variety of sectors including tech, retail, automotive, manufacturing, agribusiness and insurance.

Sean Murray specialises in tax and also joins the firm from Dillon Eustace, where he has been a partner since 2008. Sean advises on financial services tax matters, including investment management, structured finance, real estate, banking, capital markets and private equity. In this field, Sean has advised some of the world’s leading financial institutions and asset management companies.

Graham Quinn joins to establish DLA Piper’s Real Estate practice in Ireland from William Fry, where he has been a partner since 2016. He advises on all aspects of commercial property law, including acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing and real estate finance. Graham has acted for developers of complex office and retail developments and buyers and sellers in large commercial, residential and loan portfolio sales, banks and various high profile foreign and domestic landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases.

In addition, DLA Piper has hired three new legal directors: IPT lawyer Treena Dunlea-Peatross from Bird & Bird (London); Corporate lawyer Caroline Kearns from Norton Rose Fulbright (London); and F&P lawyer Liam Mills from William Fry.

These latest hires bring DLA Piper’s Dublin office to eleven partners, across all core practice areas of the firm’s business: Corporate, F&P, IPT, Tax, Litigation and Regulatory, Employment and Real Estate.

David Carthy, country managing partner for DLA Piper in Ireland, said: “Multinationals and Irish companies doing business internationally demand a truly global law firm in Ireland and one with a truly global mind-set. Clients are enthusiastic about our innovative approach to legal services – that we work differently; with diversity, embracing radical change and being a trusted business adviser at the heart of our commitment to clients in the Irish legal market and beyond. I am delighted that DLA Piper is driving the evolution of the Irish legal market. This has helped us differentiate ourselves from existing Irish law firms, which in turn, has helped us win new client relationships, attract talent and build a full-service team, with more strategic hires planned in the coming months.”

Sandra Wallace, DLA Piper’s joint managing director, UK and Europe, said: “These are exciting times in the Irish legal market and our latest hires confirm the momentum behind DLA Piper’s plans to introduce a different type of legal advisor. As the market evolves, we are building a highly skilled, sector-focused team that mirrors the expectations of our clients – globally-focused businesses that operate in an increasingly complex commercial, legal and compliance landscape. These new hires demonstrate our strong commitment to building a full-service presence in Ireland that disrupts the status quo and, for the first time providing innovative and ambitious companies located in Ireland with access to a truly global legal platform.”

DLA Piper makes key partner hire in London to launch pensions de-risking offering

DLA Piper has appointed Amrit McLean as a partner in London to launch the firm’s pensions de-risking offering.

Amrit McLean is joining the firm from Aviva, where she was propositions and sales director. Amrit is a qualified pensions lawyer and has 13 years’ experience in pensions de-risking, pensions bulk annuity work, as well as handling large-scale trustee-side Bulk Purchase Annuities (BPA) projects. She has worked on many of the largest bulk annuity deals in the market for a number of insurers and pension schemes, and focuses on creating market leading de-risking solutions for defined benefit pension schemes.

Commenting on her appointment, Ben Miller, UK head of Pensions at DLA Piper, said: “Amrit has advised on some of the most complex transactions in the market and brings valuable de-risking expertise that very few in the legal market have. She is one of the few, if not the only, pensions lawyer with de-risking experience to have also spent six years in the business team at two major insurers. 2018 was a landmark year for BPA deals, with over GBP30 billion of pension de-risking transactions, and this market is expected to keep growing. Amrit brings a wealth of experience in this industry and I am confident that she will help us capitalise on the significant opportunities that lie ahead”.

Melanie James, global co-chair, Insurance sector, added: “With GBP2 trillion in pensions liability yet to de-risk, BPA is understood to be the future focus of the pensions industry. There are a number of key insurance players in this market which require external legal advice. Amrit’s experience, deep sector knowledge and strong client relationships will help us build our capabilities in this growth area to meet the significant client demand”.

Ince has announced the appointment of Nick Goldstone and Michael Volikas as Joint Managing Partners in London.

Nick has been Head of the Dispute Resolution Department for the last three and a half years with specialisms in commercial litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. Throughout his career, Nick has focused on media related disputes, reputation management and human rights. Nick is an accredited solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience in all civil courts, having represented clients as sole advocate in the Court of Appeal, throughout the High Court and in various tribunals practising litigation and dispute resolution throughout his career.

Michael was previously Global Managing Partner for the Ince & Co Shipping Group for 3 years as well as being a member of the former Ince & Co Management Board from 2012 to 2015. His practice specialises in commercial disputes, across both wet and dry shipping cases, with a strong focus on dispute resolution. He has acted in cases that have reached the House of Lords, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in the European Court of Human Rights.

Nick Goldstone, Joint Managing Partner London, said:

“I am very honoured by this appointment and it’s great that I’ll be sharing this challenge with my friend and colleague Michael Volikas. Ince has had a great year and I have no doubts about the businesses’ ability to continue growing and offering the best in class advice that it is known for, to all of our clients across all of our sector and service specialisms.”

Michael Volikas, Joint Managing Partner, said:

“I am excited for the challenge that Nick and I are taking on, as we work together to continue building Ince into a modern, integrated law firm. I look forward to working with all my colleagues both in London and in all of our International offices, on this next stage for Ince.”

With Nick and Michael taking over the daily management of the London Office, Ince Chief Executive and Gordon Dadds Group Chief Executive Adrian Biles will continue to focus further on growing the Group’s international footprint. Following the announcement last month that Ince would be expanding its office in the Lloyd’s of London marketplace, the Group now operates from fourteen offices in eight jurisdictions.

Adrian Biles, Chief Executive of Ince and Gordon Dadds Group plc Chief Executive said:

“Nick and Michael have the perfect combination of skills and expertise to help our clients in London, as well as grow the business across the UK and abroad. With over half a century’s experience between them, there isn’t a difficult scenario or tricky problem they can’t solve and I’m delighted that they have agreed to take on these new roles.”

The announcement follows last month’s publication of the Gordon Dadds Group’s FY18-19 Results. The Group announced strong results for FY18-19, including revenue growth of 69% to £52.6m, as well as even stronger operating profit growth of 73% to £15.2 million, driven by the successful integration of a number of new acquisitions, including Ince & Co

Gordon Dadds acquired the Beijing, Shanghai and London offices of Ince & Co last year and agreed network arrangements with the wider Ince offices in April. Gordon Dadds rebranded the firm to Ince in May.