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C&G Expands Corporate and Private Equity Practice in London

Cohen & Gresser announces the expansion of its corporate offering with the appointment of Graeme Bell as Partner and Head of Private Equity in the firm’s London office. Graeme will advise clients on cross-border private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructurings. He has extensive experience in emerging markets, particularly in Africa, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, often acting for U.S. clients.

McCann FitzGerald Appoints Eight New Partners and Consultants Across its Four Offices

In a sign of the increasing international presence of McCann FitzGerald, the firm appointed two partners in New York and one in Brussels.

Niall Best has worked in our New York office for several years, focusing on US/Ireland FDI and transatlantic M&A activity. Richard Gill is part of McCann FitzGerald’s well-established aircraft leasing and aviation finance group, working both with US and Irish clients in our New York office. Laura Treacy is an expert in all aspects of EU and Irish competition law and State aid practice. Laura works in Brussels, where McCann FitzGerald was the first Irish law firm to open an office in 1973.  Doug McMahon is a leading expert on the intersection of law and technology, with a particular focus on data protection and privacy matters.  Rosaleen Byrne, a leading commercial litigator, is re-joining the partnership, after a number of years working with the firm as a consultant.

Louise Delahunty joins from a major US law firm, where she advised companies and business executives around the world on international investigations involving business crime, money laundering, sanctions, extradition, bribery, fraud and tax evasion. Catherine Austin joins from another major Irish law firm, where she practised for over 20 years and is a past Chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland.  Based in Brussels, Barbara Linehan has a multi-jurisdictional practice advising on EU and national procurement law and its application to major projects and contracts.

Barry Devereux, Managing Partner McCann FitzGerald, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of such high quality partners and consultants, in New York, London, Brussels and Dublin, reflecting both our growing international reach as a firm and also bringing a wealth of new experience and skills to build on the depth of talent we already have in the firm.

These appointments represent the evolving range of skillsets required in a leading corporate law firm, with appointments in areas as diverse as EU and trade law, white-collar crime and data protection, among others, and will significantly strengthen the depth of expertise and advice that we offer clients.”

Reed Smith expands its China practice with appointment of new global regulatory and investigations partner

Dora Wang is a US/UK-trained lawyer with extensive regulatory compliance and white collar investigations experience. She advises multinational corporations on antitrust and competition matters, cybersecurity and data privacy laws, anti-corruption/anti-bribery issues, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, compliance audit and policy formulation and implementation, and dispute resolution matters. Dora joins Reed Smith from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, and brings more than a decade of experience in regulatory affairs in the US and Asia with also significant experience in international negotiations and crisis management.

Jay Yan, Shanghai office managing partner, commented: “We are excited that Dora is joining our team as a key partner in the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement practice in China. She is an excellent addition to our firm and will build on our extensive regulatory capabilities in China and across the region. With particular pressure currently on Chinese and US trade relations, multinational clients require comprehensive and strategic advice on market access, disputes, regulatory compliance matters, investigations and enforcement actions.

Charles Hewetson, co-chair of the Global Regulatory Enforcement practice, said: “Businesses around the world are facing an ever-increasing weight of regulation.  Dora has considerable experience of representing clients in government and internal investigations in the greater China region, Europe, and the US. Asia is a key market for our firm, and we’re delighted to grow our existing practice with a well-regarded practitioner like Dora.

Asia-Pacific Managing Partner, Denise Jong remarked: “The addition of Dora Wang to our Global Regulatory Enforcement practice represents Reed Smith’s strong commitment in bolstering our Asia practice, including China. Dora who has experience in both the US and Asia, and has led many complex investigation and regulatory matters, is well-positioned to serve as a trusted advisor for multinational companies facing regulatory and compliance challenges in China and other jurisdictions.

Pinsent Masons boosts real estate sector with Munich office hire

International law firm Pinsent Masons has boosted its international real estate capabilities with the hire of partner Katharina von Hermanni in its Munich office.

Katharina, who joins from German firm Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, focuses on complex real estate asset and share investment transactions with specific expertise in the logistics, shopping centres, hotels and healthcare sectors. She also advises clients in the asset management of their real estate investments.

Pinsent Masons has made a number of international partner hires in recent months. In January, the firm recruited  Madrid-based real estate partner José Luis Garcia-Manso following the hire of Kevin Collins in the firm’s Dublin office in December last year.

In February, tax partner, Eglantine Lioret, joined to lead the firm’s tax practice in Paris while the appointment of corporate financial services partner, Naoise Harnett to the firm’s Dublin office was announced in March.

Real estate sector head, James Crookes, said: “The firm’s strategy is to create a truly international commercial property investment practice, with a strong team of lawyers based in a number of hubs, working together to exploit international flows of capital as well advising domestic investors.

“Katharina’s move to Pinsent Masons is a significant step in achieving this ambition. With her outstanding track record, she will bring greater strength in depth, experience and technical capability.”

Wolfram Pätzold, Head of German Real Estate practice, said: “Katharina von Hermanni is a highly respected and talented lawyer and is a valuable addition to our expanding German real estate practice as part of our global strategy.”

Katharina von Hermanni said: “I am thrilled to be joining Pinsent Masons’ international real estate team. Its breadth of tax, regulatory, finance and M&A specialists means both national and international clients will benefit from a full range of real estate expertise.”

During her career Katharina has advised a number of high profile clients including Patrizia, Real I.S. Group, LaSalle Investment Management, BVK, Invesco and Hannover Leasing.

In 2017, she led a team advising LaSalle on its acquisition of commercial property assets in Frankfurt from AXA Investment Managers Deutschland GmbH.

Pinsent Masons bolsters its Competition, EU & Trade Group with appointment of Robert Vidal

Robert joins from Taylor Wessing where he was Head of Competition, EU & Trade in the UK. A highly respected expert in his field, Robert has significant experience advising on competition law across a variety of sectors, with specialist expertise in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors.

His credentials include advising some of Europe’s leading organisations on European Commission and CMA investigations, on disputes before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court, on EU and UK merger control, and delivering compliance and behavioural advice.

Robert has acted for Sun Pharma on its high profile appeal to the CJEU against the European Commission’s decision to impose total fines of €146m in relation to “reverse payment” settlement agreements in the pharmaceutical sector. He recently helped Pfizer obtain CMA merger control approval for the sale of its UK compounding business to Baxter. He has also advised News Corp on its recommended cash offer for talkSPORT owner Wireless Group plc for £220.3m covering multijurisdictional merger control requirements and the application of the public interest test in the area of media plurality.

Alan Davis, Head of Competition, EU & Trade at Pinsent Masons said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Robert to the team. The demand for competition law services continues to increase. Pinsent Masons’ competition team is therefore bolstering its bench strength and expertise across the firm’s core sectors, appointing highly skilled practitioners like Robert. Life sciences and technology remain important areas of focus in our competition practice and across the firm as a whole. Robert brings an outstanding track record and a wealth of experience that deepens our ability to offer high quality competition law advice in those sectors.”

Clare Tunstall, Head of IP and Life Sciences, said, “Pinsent Masons has a large team of lawyers specialised in Life Sciences & Healthcare who advise across a range of IP, transactional and regulatory matters. Competition law is a strategically important area of focus in the sector and Robert’s appointment brings a deep specialism and expertise that will help our clients to navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environment.”

Robert Vidal, said, “Pharmaceutical, tech and data-rich companies are currently under close scrutiny by competition authorities worldwide, and this is only set to increase. Organisations operating within these industries require experienced legal advisers with a deep knowledge of their sector and markets.  I’m looking forward to joining Pinsent Masons’ highly regarded and skilled team of competition law experts to help deliver that.”

Robert Vidal’s appointment brings the number of partners in the Competition, EU & Trade Group across the UK and Germany to eight.  The team continues to advise leading organisations including TEVA Pharmaceuticals, E.ON, Post Office, Hanson, Macmillan Publishers, and DCC. It has a market leading practice and is currently advising on UK and German antitrust enforcement investigations in the pharmaceutical, financial services, construction and manufacturing sectors, as well as market investigations. The team’s merger control practice saw it advising Post Office on its acquisition of Payzone; UKTV (BBC Worldwide JV) on the £14.6bn acquisition by Discovery; on the $550 million Hewlett Packard/Apogee merger in the technology sector; and on the £1.2bn acquisition of Fenner PLC by Michelin. The team is also advising on a variety of competition litigation matters, including follow-on and stand alone damages claims.

DLA Piper appoints Marketing and Business Development Director

DLA Piper today announced that it has appointed Andy Peat as Marketing and Business Development Director for the International LLP.

Reporting to DLA Piper COO Jacqueline King and working closely with Global Co-CEO Simon Levine and MD, Clients and Sectors Stéphane Lemarchand, Andy joins the firm from Pinsent Masons where he acted as global Director of Business Development and was responsible for the firm’s business development and marketing. With a strong track record in law firm marketing leadership, particularly in the use of technology and innovation, Andy has focused on adapting to meet the challenges of legal industry disruption, ensuring his marketing and business development teams evolve to the changing environment.

DLA Piper COO, Jacqueline King said, “We believe that Andy’s depth of expertise in the legal sector combined with his innovative approach to marketing strategy and implementation will help us to achieve our vision of being the leading global business law firm, and our mission to help our clients succeed.

“We are an exceptionally talented team at DLA Piper, and I have every confidence that Andy will help us build on our enviable position in the market as the leader of an emerging new establishment and the advisor of choice for our clients.”

Kennedys increases footprint in Chile with six-strong team

We are very pleased to announce that we have boosted our offering in Chile by welcoming Chilean law firm Peralta & Gutiérrez into our Santiago office. The move consolidates our leading advisory and litigation teams locally.

Headed by Ricardo Peralta and José Antonio Gutierrez, who join us as Of Counsel and Partner respectively, the team comprises two lawyers (Jorge Canales, Senior Associate and Salvador Gutiérrez, Junior Associate) and two support staff. 

The team acts for Chile’s largest insurers and reinsurers, as well as international insurers, reinsurers and corporates. Their arrival will complement our existing team in Santiago, which specialises in litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on insurance claims and coverage advice; and takes the total headcount of the office to 18.

Our Santiago-based office regularly handles cases involving directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, life and health, property and public liability claims. It also provides e-commerce and consumer law, real estate and corporate finance advice.

Record-breaking year for Kennedys as turnover tops £200m and investment continues

We are pleased to report record turnover of £218m for the financial year 2018/19. This represents an 11% increase on the previous financial year and is the first time our revenue has topped £200m.

This growth has been supported by a 7% increase in the number of fee-earners worldwide, with total headcount exceeding 2,000 for the first time in our history.

Between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019 we made a number of lateral hires, boosting our global insurance practice with the appointments of Mark Dessi to our New York office, Nick Bond, Robert Steele and team to our office in Manchester and Akramjeet Khaira to our Singapore office. We have also strengthened our international arbitration capabilities with the arrival of Celine Abi Habib Kanakri to our Dubai office.

This investment in the business was further reinforced when we enhanced our innovation capabilities with the opening of a new business, Kennedys Kognitive Computing, and the appointment of a nine-strong development team in India. This was followed with the announcement that our ground-breaking virtual defence lawyer, KLAiM, that empowers clients to have more control over the litigation process, was being rolled out internationally.

Clyde & Co hires new partner to head Regulatory & Investigations practice in the Middle East

Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the appointment of Matthew Shanahan as Partner in its global Regulatory & Investigations practice. Matthew will be based in Dubai and will head up the practice across the Middle East.

Matthew is a financial services and regulation expert with over 10 years’ experience in the Middle East. He joins from Baker McKenzie where he was a Financial Services and Regulation Partner and brings over 10 years of direct experience at regulators, having worked for three years at the UK Financial Services Authority (now FCA) and seven years at the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

Matthew specialises in advisory and contentious financial services regulation, advising banks, securities firms, other financial institutions and public sector bodies on all aspects of financial services regulation, including market abuse, fintech, anti-money laundering and financial crime. He also advises clients on managing regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, internal investigations, crisis management, commercial disputes, corruption, bribery, and data protection matters.

DWF Group plc to acquire the legal services business of K&L Gates Jamka sp.k

DWF Group plc (DWF), the Main Market listed global legal business, today announces that it has reached an agreement to acquire the legal services business of K&L Gates Jamka sp.k (K&L Gates Jamka) for an estimated net asset value of £3m.  The acquisition will result in the opening of a new office for DWF in Poland, its first since its IPO, with 11 partners, 45 lawyers and a further 31 support staff joining DWF. The deal is expected to be completed later this month.

Led by managing partner Michal Pawlowski, the established and highly-experienced team specialises in commercial legal services including corporate and M&A, litigation, banking, finance and restructuring, energy and environment, venture capital & private equity and intellectual property across a broad range of sectors. K&L Gates Jamka is anticipated to generate revenue of c.£7m in the financial year ending 30 April 2020.

The acquisition is the first since DWF became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019 and is evidence of the Group’s strategy to grow its Complex, Managed and Connected Services capabilities, while attracting and retaining the best talent, investing in technology and carrying out targeted M&A.

Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner and CEO at DWF, said: “We look forward to welcoming Michal Pawlowski and his colleagues to DWF.

“This move will strengthen DWF’s capabilities in our global sectors of financial services and real estate, among others, and provides further opportunities in technology and energy where our businesses have strong alignment. It is the next step towards achieving our strategy of delivering Complex, Managed and Connected Services on a truly global scale.

“It also fulfils on one of the international expansion opportunities we highlighted in our Prospectus. Poland has a strong and dynamic economy and is an important gateway to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as a whole. Having a presence there delivers on our international strategy to be where our clients need us to be.”

Michal Pawlowski said: “Becoming part of DWF provides the opportunity to continue our growth and development plans within both the legal services and connected services markets of Poland. Our values and culture, as well as our strongly aligned sector focus provide a platform for our future success.”

The expansion marks the first new location for DWF since its March IPO. The Warsaw office will be DWF’s 7th continental European office alongside Brussels, Paris, Milan and three in Germany. On completion, DWF will have more than 3,200 people across 28 key commercial centres in the UK and internationally, across four continents.