Beatriz Araujo appointed Fellow by the World Economic Forum

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced that Beatriz (Bea) Araujo has been appointed as a Fellow to the World Economic Forum’s Platform on Shaping the Future of Investing. She will form part of a coalition of over 100, including companies, policy-makers, pension funds, asset managers and insurance companies, to drive consensus on investment reforms that address global challenges.

Bea is a partner based in Baker McKenzie’s London office and has more than 35 years of experience leading on and advising clients on business critical transactions and matters. Her practice focuses on corporate governance best practices, including board advisory, director duties, stakeholder governance and subsidiary governance, for both UK companies as well as global groups. She has supported the World Economic Forum as an expert on governance projects and has written various articles on corporate governance topics, most recently a White Paper in collaboration with the World Economic Forum on “The Modern Dilemma: Balancing Short- and Long-Term Business Pressures.” In her new role, Bea will have a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Creating institutionally valuable and relevant content and bring it to Forum’s most prominent communities;
  • Guiding the platform content around stakeholder capitalism and its impact on governance;
  • Guiding specific platform projects like “Future of the Corporation” in context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (“4IR”) and the current pandemic situation;
  • Contributing to forthcoming Forum publications for the platform.

Speaking after the announcement, Bea said, “I am honoured to have been appointed as a fellow by the World Economic Forum’s leadership, having collaborated with the Forum for many years, both during my time serving on Baker McKenzie’s Executive Committee, and subsequently as the Firm’s leader on Corporate Governance. I hope to bring my years of expertise in to help shape the conversation on the future of governance as part of the Forum’s Great Reset.”

“The impact of COVID-19 has affected industries around the world and given new importance to sustainable investing. Public private cooperation is needed now more than ever in the investing industry,” says Maha Eltobgy, Head of the Future of Investing, World Economic Forum. “We are eager to work with top companies such as Baker McKenzie on the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

Dentons appoints three partners to European leadership roles

Global law firm Dentons has announced the appointment of three partners to European practice and sector leadership roles. Anita Horváth will co-lead the Europe Energy sector group, Christopher Rose will lead the Global Private Services sector group within Europe, and Thomas Schubert will lead the Europe Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies group.

Anita Horváth

As Co-head of the Europe Energy sector group, Anita Horváth will serve alongside fellow co-head, Arkadiusz Krasnodębski, to further develop Dentons’ transactional offering within the energy sector. Based in Budapest, she is among the premier lawyers advising on complex domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions in Hungary, and frequently leads multi-jurisdictional deals. In addition to her regional appointment, Anita was also recently named Co-head of the Corporate and M&A practice in Hungary, alongside partner Rob Irving. She has been a partner at Dentons since 2015.

”Having advised most of the premier energy players on their strategic projects in Hungary and CEE, I look forward to replicate our Energy team’s success on a European level. As Dentons is home to the largest energy-focused team of lawyers in the world, in my new role, I plan to further enhance our strength in advising developers, investors, contractors, financiers, governments and regulators on their energy sector related projects.” commented Anita Horváth.

Christopher Rose

In his newly created role, Christopher Rose will establish and lead the Global Private Services group within continental Europe to provide cross-sector and cross-practice legal advisory services to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices around the world. Rose has been a partner and Head of the Europe Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies group at Dentons since 2017. He advises on cross-border venture and growth capital investments, as well as mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. An emerging markets specialist, he has advised on over 250 transactions in Russia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. He regularly represents emerging growth companies in all stages of development, with a particular focus on e-commerce, food and beverage, technology and entertainment.

“Over the past several years, I have worked extensively with high-net-worth individuals and family offices, advising them primarily on their investments and acquisitions. This new role goes far beyond that,” said Christopher Rose. “Whether our clients need support with their venture capital, private equity or real estate deals, tax issues, estate planning, dispute resolution, or regulatory matters, our Global Private Services group will act as their ‘concierge’ to our global firm. We will pull together the right team of Dentons professionals, provide them with transparent fee quotes and manage their projects from beginning to end to ensure the best results.”

Thomas Schubert

Thomas Schubert, a partner in the Berlin office, will take over as Europe Head of the Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies practice from Christopher Rose. Schubert has significant experience in technology M&A and in assisting aspiring growth companies on the implementation of innovative digital business models, including blockchain technology. A well-regarded transactional lawyer, he advises on M&A deals, private equity investments, venture capital transactions and joint ventures. He is also respected for his work in the energy and renewable energy sector, and he will continue in his role as Co-Head of the Energy section of the Europe Regulatory group. He has been a partner at Dentons since 2015.

Thomas Schubert commented, “Digitisation is fundamentally changing about every industry sector. This calls for a totally new approach of doing business. Continued investments in new innovative business models by VC funds as well as corporate investors will be key for a successful transition. I am honoured to taking over the coordination and lead of Dentons’ European Venture Technology Group with the goal of further growing our interaction with and impact on the global ecosystem.”

Tomasz Dąbrowski, CEO of Dentons Europe, commented on the appointments, “Dentons remains strongly committed to our strategy to enhance our offering in key sectors and practices across the European continent. I am therefore delighted that three talented partners – Anita, Chris and Thomas – will use their experience and creativity to further develop quality, innovative solutions for our clients.”

Pinsent Masons announces new partnership with World Athletics

Pinsent Masons yesterday announced its appointment by World Athletics as their first official supplier of legal services. The appointment was made after a detailed tender process and is for the next four years.

Drawing on their multinational network of over 100 specialist professionals within their business of sport advisory group, Pinsent Masons will provide legal support, advice and strategic guidance to World Athletics on a global basis. The scope of areas covered will include regulatory and governance, commercial rights, negotiation and arbitration, intellectual property, insurance, employment, brand protection, dispute resolution and technology.

“Our world is changing rapidly, even more so with the current pandemic, and we need nimble and forward-thinking partners to help us make the most of the opportunities this will present.” ~ Sebastian Coe, World Athletics President 

The firm will also provide a full range of legal support around World Athletics’ major events and deliver guidance and training to assist the sport’s administrators around the world.

Commenting on the partnership Sebastian Coe, World Athletics President said: “In many ways, this agreement represents our ambitions for our sport as a global powerhouse. We will need Pinsent’ skillset in a number of areas as we build athletics around the world and I’m delighted that they also see the value in this relationship. Our world is changing rapidly, even more so with the current pandemic, and we need nimble and forward-thinking partners to help us make the most of the opportunities this will present. Like us, they see innovation as a key component of success.

“Their global presence will allow us to access their services wherever we are, which is particularly useful for an organisation with 214 Member Federations and major events staged across the world, and their expertise will help us to maintain world best practice in our governance and commercial relationships.”

Head of Sports at Pinsent Masons, Trevor Watkins said: “We are thrilled to have won this appointment and very much look forward to an exciting and dynamic partnership with World Athletics. It’s a tremendous achievement for our team to have been chosen and, after such a competitive process, is recognition of the global strength and expertise of our specialist lawyers.

“We believe we have a strong synergy with World Athletics in its desire to be the best example of a well governed sports federations, particularly in areas of governance, regulation, integrity and innovation. That message really rings true to us as a firm that embraces innovation, technology and strategic thinking. We’ve had a tremendous response from our multinational network of offices to the prospect of this agreement and the opportunity to work with a sport that our team finds inspirational on many levels. Many of the team are members of running clubs and participate as volunteers within sport and this partnership will allow them to combine their existing passion for the sport and their professional expertise.”

Dentons names Michael Zolandz to head its Washington DC office

Dentons has announced the appointment of Michael Zolandz as managing partner of its Washington DC office. Zolandz chairs Dentons’ Federal Regulatory and Compliance practice, and is a key leader in the firm’s Global Public Policy and Regulation and Government practices. He has focused on creative solutions to clients’ most challenging regulatory and commercial issues. His practice has focused on cross-border commerce, including regulatory investigations, trade and export controls, and anti-corruption due diligence.

Zolandz also advises clients on cross-border transactions and regulations related to international commerce, including inbound foreign investment reviews under the jurisdiction of CFIUS. He has developed and enhanced compliance programs and conducted regulatory investigations and remediation of trade control and anti-corruption matters for many of the Firm’s largest clients, as well multinational companies across industry sectors throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and US.

“Mike is an outstanding lawyer and strong leader whose collaborative team-oriented approach to client service will be a tremendous asset to our strategy in the Washington, DC market and serve as a model to the lawyers in that office,” said Mike McNamara, Chief Executive Officer of Dentons US. “DC is a key office in the US region, and the exceptional lawyers here are working on some of the most complex and exciting projects of the Firm. Mike is a highly-regarded leader inside the Firm and in the global legal community, and under his guidance the office will continue to flourish.”

Zolandz has also counseled on campaign finance and ethics law, lobbying disclosure requirements and pay-to-play restrictions, including the formation and management of federal and state political action committees, Securities and Exchange Commission and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board rules related to investment advisors, and compliance programs for both lobbying disclosure and political activity. His experience also includes advising and counseling US technology developers and software companies, a Global 500 insurance company, leading financial institutions, an international cellular conglomerate, Indian and Chinese corporations, and a multinational energy company.

A prolific writer he has written articles for Law360, Global Trade, WorldECR Report and Westlaw Journal. He has also given presentations for the American Bar Association, the Economic Sanctions and Financial Crime Forum (London), the Annual CLE Seminar for In-House Counsel and Thomson Reuters Accelus. Zolandz earned his JD and BA from George Washington University, with high honors and cum laude, respectively.

Eversheds appoints Rachel Broquard as Service Excellence Partner

Eversheds Sutherland announces the appointment of Rachel Broquard, a partner in its Corporate group, to the newly created role of Service Excellence Partner, effective from 1 April 2020.

This new role is an evolution of that previously held by Andrew McManus, who led the firm’s Client Technology and Innovation team. The new role will incorporate and more holistic approach to client service.

Client-facing technology will be a key part of Rachel’s responsibilities, but with a broader remit to include client service excellence, legal project management and knowledge in the client context. She will also lead on the firm’s innovation agenda.

Rachel has an outstanding track-record in cross-border M&A transactions and forging major client relationships, fulfilling the role of Client or Deputy Client Partner for a number of the firm’s key clients. She has long combined front line transactional work with a passion for innovative client service solutions, often with a technology angle, and has been instrumental in developing a number of Eversheds Sutherland’s client technology offerings including the firm’s flagship M&A project management tool, Dealmaster.

Keith Froud, Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (International) comments: “This is a significant appointment for the firm and I am delighted that Rachel has accepted the position. Taking our approach to service excellence to another level is a strategic priority for us in the coming period, and Rachel has a fantastic track record in this area. She has a long history of delivering innovative, high quality solutions for clients and will make a huge contribution in her new role.”

Rachel Broquard, Service Excellence Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (International) comments: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role – a first for Eversheds Sutherland – with a focus on service excellence, and am looking forward to close collaboration with our clients and many colleagues across the firm.”

Eversheds Sutherland reappointed to Welsh Water legal panel

Eversheds Sutherland has been reappointed to Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig’s (DCC), or Welsh Water’s, legal panel.

Welsh Water is a ‘not-for-profit company’ which has been owned by Glas Cymru since 2001. The fourth largest company in Wales, it supplies 1.4m homes and businesses.

Eversheds Sutherland has been awarded six contracts in employment and pensions, corporate and commercial, data protection, construction, competition, and health and safety.

The global legal practice is one of ten firms to have secured a place on the slimmed-down legal panel.

The contracts are initially for five years, with the opportunity to extend for a further two years.

The Eversheds Sutherland team was led by employment Partner Anthony Rees and construction Partner, Alison Short.

Anthony Rees, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured a reappointment to DCC’s legal panel. We have enjoyed building a longstanding, trusted relationship with DCC over a number of years, and the additional contracts that we’ve been awarded in data protection, health and safety and corporate are testament to that. We look forward to continuing our work with them.”

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