RPC appoints Director of Information Technology

City-headquartered law firm RPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Denison as Director of Information Technology, starting work at the law firm on 6 January 2020.

Ben will replace interim Director of Information Technology Craig Hawthorne, who will transition to RPC Consulting, RPC’s leading insurance consulting arm, at the end of the financial year.

He will report to the Chief Operating Officer and play an important role in shaping and delivering the firm’s own global technology strategy.

Ben joins RPC from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after five years, where he drove the law enforcement agency’s overhaul of its IT systems, policies, infrastructure and digital transformation into becoming a market leader for the use of technology in the legal sphere.

He managed IT services for over 650 users, including lawyers, investigators, accountants and corporate services teams, and rebuilt the law enforcement agency’s in-house technology team and capabilities to meet the demands of an ever-changing legal environment driven by technological advancements.

Commenting on Ben’s arrival, RPC’s Chief Operating Officer Alistair Johnson said: “We are delighted to welcome Ben at RPC. His experience and track record in dealing with high level and complex technological issues – in particular but not limited to high level challenges of data management and data security – for the SFO will be a great asset to the firm.

A good example of that is – complementing the work driven by Sam Tate, who we hired just over twelve months ago given our view that white collar crime and anti-bribery investigations are increasing under the new SFO’s leadership – delivering clients legal advice on the basis of a sound understanding of the challenges they are likely to face.”

RPC has a strong commitment to innovation and his appointment ensures that RPC continues its path in unleashing the advantages of technological transformation in our industry. I also want to thank Craig for his outstanding work while stepping in as an interim Director of IT and I couldn’t be more delighted that he has agreed to continue his work and transition into an integral role in RPC’s leading consulting arm.”

Adding to this, the Head of RPC’s TMT Group Jeremy Drew said: “I am very excited Ben has decided to join RPC. His hands on experience and knowledge in the technology space will be an immediate advantage in developing innovative solutions for ourselves and our clients – which is where we really want to grow in the next few years.”

Ben Denison said: “I was immediately impressed by RPC’s strong commitment and appetite for innovation, in particular its recognition of the potential that technology has to enhance its internal capabilities, and importantly in how it can be used to transform the delivery of services to clients. I was also particularly drawn to the firm’s genuine commitment to collegiality, collaboration and the highest level of client service; I can’t wait to get started.”

New Managing Partner begins term at Stoel Rives LLP

Stoel Rives LLP is proud to announce that Sacramento litigation partner Melissa A. Jones became the new Firm Managing Partner, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Jones is one of the youngest partners to lead an AmLaw 200 firm, reflecting a generational change that is impacting the legal profession nationwide. Stoel Rives partners elected Jones to the office last year, giving her an opportunity to work closely with outgoing Firm Managing Partner James E. Torgerson while transitioning into the new role.

“This is a great time to be part of the team at Stoel Rives,” said Jones. “We are working on exciting and cutting-edge legal issues for our clients, we have terrific colleagues and a collaborative culture, we are more committed than ever to improving diversity and inclusion, and we are building a firm for the future. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the firm in this new role.”

Jones takes the reins at Stoel Rives after another successful year. In 2019, the firm added more than 20 attorneys to its Seattle office, primarily in the areas of corporate and real estate law. It also became one of only five law firms nationwide to launch the Move The Needle Fund, in partnership with Diversity Lab. The firm also continued focusing on practice optimisation efforts to ensure it continues to provide high quality client service and value.

During her time at Stoel Rives, Jones has served as the California Office Managing Partner, the Chair of the Compensation Committee, as a member of the Practice Management Committee and of the Executive Committee.

“As a member of Stoel Rives’ executive leadership, Melissa has been an integral part of our ongoing strategy to strengthen the firm’s foundation for continued success by hiring bright legal talent and adopting smart business practices,” said Torgerson. “Melissa is the dynamic leader the firm needs now, and we all are confident that under her leadership, Stoel Rives will continue to serve as valued legal counsel for leading companies throughout the United States.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.stoel.com/

Fox Williams boosts practice with appointment of new partner

Fox Williams has today announced that Dearbhla Quigley, a corporate lawyer specialising in equity capital markets, M&A and private fundraisings, has joined the City law firm as Partner. Dearbhla joins from Watson Farley & Williams, where she was Partner.

Dearbhla advises both public and private companies and has significant experience working on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including initial and secondary offerings on the AIM market, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and joint ventures.

Paul Osborne, Senior Partner at Fox Williams commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Dearbhla to Fox Williams. Her experience and capabilities are a boost to our corporate offering and client base, including AIM market companies. Dearbhla is a valuable addition to the firm.”

Previously recognised as one of The Lawyer’s “UK Hot 100 Lawyers” and recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500, Dearbhla has extensive experience advising clients in the mining, oil & gas and renewable energy sectors. She also advises early stage businesses in the technology sector, as well as companies with interests in real estate.

“Dearbhla is a highly regarded and energetic partner with an excellent reputation in the AIM market. Her deep knowledge of the natural resources and renewable energy sectors and increasing experience in the technology sector provide additional strength and depth to our team,” said Richie Clark, Partner and Head of Corporate at Fox Williams.

Dearbhla Quigley commented: “I am delighted to have joined Fox Williams. The firm’s reputation for high quality corporate work across a range of sectors brings with it a host of opportunities and I look forward to developing my career further as a member of this ambitious and well-regarded team.”

PwC appoints six Advisory partners in Poland and Russia

The six partners bolster PwC’s Advisory division, which houses the firm’s services in management and digital consulting (‘PwC Consulting’), corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions (PwC Deals) and forensics (‘PwC Forensics’).

In Poland, Maciej Kroenke has become a partner in PwC’s Strategy practice. He joined the Big Four firm at the start of 2016 from a boutique Polish consultancy specialised in pricing and revenue management. Previously, he worked as a consultant for Simon-Kucher & Partners and held several roles in pricing in industry. At PwC, Kroenke leads PwC’s services in the area of revenue management with a focus on pricing, promotions, sales excellence, customer loyalty and digitisation of commercial functions.

Piotr Rudzki has been appointed a partner in the Valuations & Economics team, which is a service line within PwC Deals. He re-joined PwC in 2017 following an eight year spell in investment banking, having previously served the accounting and consulting giant for four years. Warsaw-based Rudzki specialises in corporate finance, business valuations, financial models and M&A services.

Sixteen years after starting her career at PwC, Katarzyna Podgórna has now been admitted into the firm’s leadership ranks. She is a partner in the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services arm, leading a team which develops and implements solutions to improve processes within finance departments, with a focus on the financial services industry. Interrupting her tenure at PwC Poland were two external stints – one at rival EY (five years) and a 12-month secondment at PwC in the UK.

Part of the Financial Services industry group, Łukasz Żochowski has been tasked with expanding PwC’s Advisory services to banks and insurance groups, among others. He has been with PwC for his entire career, and has grown into a specialist in risk management services for financial institutions, including risk analytics/modelling, risk-IT implementations, regulatory & compliance and remediation topics. He is a leader in the firm’s CEE-wide Risk Management group.

Maciej Przybyłowski is a partner in PwC’s Financial Crime Unit, which helps financial institutions battle the growing threat of financial crime, including the likes of anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, bribery and corruption, market abuse and insider dealing. He joined PwC in 2016, after serving among others telecom group Orange, GE and local Polish banking subsidiary Bank BPH, and Citi. Przybyłowski has been tasked with developing PwC’s financial crime offerings in domestically and in the region.

Meanwhile, in Russia, where PwC has over 2,600 professionals working across offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Voronezh, Novosibirsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladikavkaz, PwC has appointed Olga Maydanik a partner in the firm’s Deals wing.

Maydanik joined PwC in Moscow in 2009 after serving the Russian arm of Deloitte for five years. At PwC Deals, she supports clients with M&A and transaction services, with a focus on transactions in the energy, oil & gas and transport & logistics sectors. Maydanik holds a Master of Economics from Moscow’s Lomonosov State University.

West Palm Beach Mayor appoints Ron Herman to Advisory Board

Ron Herman is honored to be appointed by Keith James, the Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach to the City’s Water Advisory Board. The Advisory Board serves the City Commission on matters relating to long-range planning for the City’s public water system and the development, use and management of water resources within the City. The oldest city in South Florida, West Palm Beach is also the largest city in the County and is where many businesses are headquartered.

As a long standing small business owner in the City, Ron Herman is honored to serve the City, and looks forward to helping lead this important conversation. Ron’s appointment to the Board is for a 2 year term.

Ron is the owner of Herman Law, P.A., an established criminal law firm, where he defends complex cases, with experience representing companies and professionals fighting government investigations. Ron has extensive trial experience and has handled more than 150 jury trials during his esteemed career.

Ron’s prior experience includes working as a skilled prosecutor in Palm Beach and Broward Counties for over six years. At the State Attorney’s Office, Ron was promoted several times to become division lead of the Felony, DUI, and Domestic Violence Units, and was eventually tapped to be part of the coveted Crimes Against Children Unit (Special Victims Unit or SVU). By concentrating on complex, high stakes white collar cases, the firm provides each client concierge-level service and attention.

Roland Berger appoints eight new partners in Europe

In home-country Germany, Frank Pietras and Uwe Weichenhain have joined the firm’s leadership. Pietras is based in Roland Berger’s Munich office and is an automotive expert. He specialises in automotive advisory, commercial due diligence, growth strategy, market & product strategy and business processes transformation.

Uwe Weichenhain has been with the consultancy for over a decade, and has been named a partner in the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure arm. He is an expert in new technologies that drive the transition towards sustainable infrastructure, including offshore wind, power transmission, gas and LNG, hydrogen, and digital technologies.

In the Netherlands, where Roland Berger has a team of around 100 consultants based in Amsterdam, Koen Besteman and Sameer Mehta have been promoted to partner level. Besteman specialises in the life sciences, and biopharma industry, supporting companies with innovation management, new market development, business cases, and setting up value models for research projects and portfolios. He also has gained extensive experience supporting universities with strategic and financing topics.

Having joined Roland Berger in 2010, Sameer Mehta focuses on merger & acquisition and investor support services. He works with private equity firms and corporate clients on topics related to due diligence, growth & performance improvement and restructuring. Mehta advises clients in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare and industrial products, with a particular focus on automotive, media, technology and steel.

In Sweden, Benny Guttman has been appointed a partner in the Gothenburg office. He has previously worked for three consulting firms, Accenture, EY and McKinsey & Company, prior to joining Roland Berger in 2017. In between consulting, he spent eight years at Volvo, the last six of which he was Senior Vice President at Volvo Logistics where he headed Strategy, Corporate Values and Operational Development. Guttman’s work is focused around strategic and operational improvement at clients in the automotive, manufacturing, med-tech and retail industries.

Artem Zakomirnyi has been serving the consulting firm for over twelve years, working from the offices in Moscow, Russia, and Kiev, Ukraine. He specialises in strategic and operations work in the consumer goods and retail industries. Zakomirnyi also has a deep understanding of supply chain and logistics topics, for both the traditional retail as well as online (e-commerce) retail channels.

Based in Bucharest, Romania, Szabolcs Nemes has been with the firm since 2001, in the period developing industry expertise in energy & utilities, telecommunications and transportation. His functional expertise spans strategy development, large-scale transformation, definition of new organisation models, operational excellence and efficiency improvement. Nemes supports clients in Romania and throughout the Central Eastern European region.

Last but not least, the Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Bodin, who has been named a partner in Roland Berger’s Pharma and Healthcare practice. Prior to joining the management consultancy in 2012, he spent eight years in various supply chain and marketing positions at pharma companies Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.

Beyond the eight new partners in Europe, Roland Berger also promoted four partners in Asia and the Middle East.