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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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.”

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