Advisory Excellence Announces the Appointment of Dr. Samir Abdelly

Dr. Samir Abdelly is the Chief Executive Officer at Abdelly & Associates. Dr. Abdelly has wide experience in a variety of humanitarian and philanthropic matters, including serving as candidate for the Tunisian Presidential Election in 2014. In 2021, Law.com named Dr. Samir Abdelly as a Top 5 Influential Lawyer Around The World.

Abdelly & Associates was established as a continuity of a long standing legal tradition and has grown considerably. Abdelly & Associates developed their extensive network via partners in Dubai, Cairo, Paris and London.

Abdelly & Associates has all the needed legal authorisations for the most complicated deals in the Tunisian energy market, including:

  • PetrofAc / Perenco Group: Legal assistance on various areas of law and regulatory, strategic assistance, drafting, negotiation of Asset purchase agreements between the Vendor and Buyer and preparation of all closing documents between the parties for the purpose of getting important and complex phased governmental approvals of their acquisition of interests in, till the gazetting dated last week and all transaction approvals including with UNION GTT related to hundreds of employees and STEG related to the gas and electricity;
  • Ashtart Concession: Owned by OMV together with the acquisition of their shares in the Joint Operating Venture created with ETAP (SEREPT) and establishment of their Tunisian Branch and received the gazetting and all approvals;
  • Sumitomo Corporation / Mitsubishi Legal: Assistance, negotiation, drafting and closing deal and getting the approval of their bid tender application and selection as contractor for the purpose of building a power station Radès 2 and the establishment of their Tunisian Branch in Tunisia;
  • China Engineering Harbour: Project of construction of the quai 8/9 Radès Port and the next project of Enfidha deep water ($1.5M).

Abdelly & Associates is available for the purpose of facilitating investment opportunities in Tunisia and surrounding markets.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit their website.

PwC appoints Jan Sijbrand and Troy Paredes as external directors

PwC has appointed two external directors to join its global oversight board. Jan Sijbrand and Troy Paredes will join the board of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwCIL), which is responsible for the governance of PwCIL and the PwC Network, oversight of PwC’s network leadership team, and approval of the standards by which each PwC firm must abide.

From 5 March 2021, Jan and Troy will work with the existing 18 board members who are made up of partners and principals from 13 PwC firms from across the world and as of June 24, 2021 they will formally join the new PwCIL board which is currently being elected.

Jan has enjoyed a long career in banking, including head of risk management for ABN Amro, Chief Risk Officer and member of the managing board of NIBC Bank, and member of the executive board and chairman for supervision of De Nederlandsche Bank. In addition Jan was a member of the supervisory board of the European Central Bank from 2015 -2018 and a member of the board of supervisors of the European Banking Authority from 2011-2018. Jan brings a wealth of experience of financial services, risk management, oversight and supervision. Jan also currently serves as deputy chairman of the supervisory board of PwC Netherlands.

Troy is the founder of Paredes Strategies LLC, a consulting firm. He served as an SEC commissioner in the United States from 2008 to 2013 — during the financial crisis and its aftermath. During his time with the SEC, Troy played a key role in rulemakings and other regulatory matters concerning all aspects of securities regulation. Troy brings to the PwCIL board a truly extensive breadth of experience, including governance, compliance, strategy and regulatory. Troy also currently serves as an external director on the oversight board of PwC US.

“I am delighted to welcome Jan and Troy to the board of PwCIL. We are fortunate to have attracted two such talented and experienced individuals and I look forward to working with them,” said Paul Kepple, PwCIL Governance Board Chairman. “Troy and Jan will bring much appreciated outside perspectives, and help us to challenge our thinking and enhance our culture as we work together to build the PwC of the future.”

“Understanding the needs of all our stakeholders across the world has never been more important for PwC. Having Jan and Troy on our global board will bring a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge and add new and unique perspectives to our board discussions,” added Bob Moritz, global chairman of the PwC Network.

PwC appoints Ron Chopoorian as Global Leader, Health Industries

PwC has appointed Ron Chopoorian (PwC United States) as the Global Leader of its Health Industries practice. Ron has extensive client experience and deep industry knowledge across health industries, including payer, provider and pharmaceutical and life sciences. He brings more than 24 years of experience assisting private equity and corporate clients with a broad range of mission critical strategic initiatives, including improving business and commercial strategy, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures focused on improving shareholder value.

In his new role, Chopoorian will lead the Global Health Industries team, which advises a large network of clients in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, as well as policymakers on a range of key areas including advanced data analytics, integrated patient experience, digital transformation in healthcare, social determinants of health, precision medicine, assurance, tax and legal services, and strategy. He will also continue his role as the Global Relationship Partner for one of the world’s largest multinational pharmaceutical companies.

“I’m excited to take on the role of Global Health Industries Leader during a time when clients, policymakers and society face profound changes, challenges and opportunities,” says Chopoorian. “The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder of how PwC’s purpose – to build trust in society and solve important problems – guides our work with health industries stakeholders. By bringing our capabilities together, we have a unique opportunity to connect payers, providers, pharma and policy makers in order to address common challenges across the health ecosystem. We can provide solutions that make a real impact in delivering the best outcomes for patients, communities and clients.”

Kevin Burrowes, PwC’s Global Clients and Industries Leader, says “The opportunities and challenges facing our clients are unparalleled. In collaboration with other industries, our Health Industries practice, under Ron’s leadership, will continue to help governments and organisations repair, rethink and reconfigure their business models to emerge stronger from the crisis.”

Chopoorian previously was the New York Metro Deals Leader and has launched and served as the national leader of the PwC United States Divestiture Services practice. He also co-led the “Digitising Deals” initiative to enhance value creation and customer experience through the use and deployment of technology in the M&A process. During his career with PwC, he has advised various multinational pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies on a number of strategic and operational issues, from digital enablement and transformation to business and financial due diligence.

Chopoorian earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School. Ron is also a CPA and a member of both the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs.

Gerald Singham appointed as Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO

Gerald Singham, Managing Partner at Dentons Rodyk, a member of the world’s largest law firm, has been appointed as Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO, with effect from January 11, 2021.

Gerald has spent his entire professional career with Dentons Rodyk and served as the firm’s Deputy Managing Partner from 2011 to 2020. He is named in numerous legal guides and directories including the Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Global Competition Review, Who’s Who Legal, IFLR1000, Asialaw Leading Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He also serves on the boards of several companies and statutory boards. For his many contributions to the community, he was awarded the Public Service Star (Bar) National Day award.

“I look forward to partnering with Gerald, as Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO, as we become even more connected and integrated as a global Firm, to create opportunities for our clients across the Region and around the world,” said Dentons Global CEO, Elliott Portnoy.

“We have every confidence that Gerald will be instrumental in our efforts to continue to scale the Firm across the ASEAN Region and to help us lead our clients into the New Dynamic Decade and help them win,” said Dentons Global Chairman, Joe Andrew.

“The ASEAN region has become one of the most dynamic drivers of today’s global economy, and I am energised to lead our offices in Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia as we continue to deliver exceptional quality to our clients in this decade of new opportunities,” said Gerald Singham, Managing Partner at Dentons Rodyk and Global Vice-Chair & ASEAN Region CEO.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, connecting talent to the world’s challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons’ legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons’ polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Kate Stonestreet Appointed Global Chief Operating Officer

Baker McKenzie is delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Stonestreet as our new Global Chief Operating Officer. In her new role, Kate will report to our Global Chair Milton Cheng, and will oversee all of the business services functions of the Firm, as well as the Firm’s internal business services transformation project which aims to deliver higher quality service to our internal and external clients in a streamlined and tech-enabled way.

Kate will work alongside the Global Chair and Executive Committee on the implementation of Firm strategy, with a key focus on our clients and our people. This will leverage the Firm’s global footprint and the investments we have made in innovation and sustainability to reinforce our leading position as a diverse and inclusive workplace committed to our clients, people and the communities in which we work.

She will take up her new position with effect from 1 February 2021 and will remain based in London.

Since 2017, Kate has been the Firm’s Global Director of Operations with responsibility for the strategic oversight of our Centers in Manila, Belfast, Buenos Aires and Tampa, and as part of the leadership team overseeing the development and implementation of the Firm’s business services transformation program.

Prior to assuming her current role Kate spent 13 years as the EMEA Regional Operating Officer (ROO) supporting our EMEA leadership, working with Managing Partners and leading the regional business professional teams. During her time as EMEA ROO, she was instrumental in the new office openings in Casablanca, Dubai, Istanbul and Johannesburg.

Prior to her EMEA role, Kate held a variety of positions within the Firm including COO for HK/PRC/Vietnam and Director of Business Development for Asia Pacific. She joined the Firm in Hong Kong in 1995 and has been based in London since 2004.

Kate earned her BA Hons degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Northumbria and her MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Toronto), Hong Kong campus. She is a member of our Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee and our Global Race & Ethnicity Task Force, and co-leads the Firm’s social mobility program.

Kate said, “Coming from a small village in Yorkshire in the North of England and joining the Firm in a relatively junior role in Hong Kong, I am a story of what is possible at Baker McKenzie. As a Firm we are in a strong position as we emerge from the pandemic – with loyal clients, connected global teams, and the drive to excel. This is an exciting time, and we face both opportunities and challenges as we emerge from the crisis, but I believe we are strongly positioned for the future and I look forward to playing a central role in ensuring our future success.”

Milton said, “Throughout her career with the Firm Kate has been an inspiring leader and a highly effective professional. Having known her for more than 20 years I can say with assurance that I know she represents the very best of Baker McKenzie. I look forward to working even more closely with Kate in the coming months and years to drive our global Firm strategy forward.”

Bert Greene named Duane Morris Austin office managing partner

Duane Morris LLP has appointed Bert Greene managing partner of its Austin office. Since its opening in 2017, the Austin office has been run by Houston office managing partner Thomas W. Sankey.

“After three short years, we now have a growing nucleus of extremely talented lawyers in Austin, resulting in an office geared to become an even greater force in this high-tech hub,” said Matthew A. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris. “Tom has done an amazing job spearheading the strategic growth of the firm’s presence in Texas. I know Bert will take the baton and run with it in Austin as we continue to propel our growth in the city and state.”

“I’m honoured to lead an office that has made such a major impact on the firm in such a short period of time,” said Greene. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in Austin, throughout Texas and around the firm to keep building the momentum we have established here.”

Greene’s practice is focused on the enforcement and procurement of intellectual property rights, with a primary emphasis on patent litigation and trade secret litigation. His litigation clients have included large and small technology companies, energy and chemical companies, and retailers in cases involving a diverse array of technologies. Greene has represented both patent holders and accused infringers in numerous federal jurisdictions across the country. He also has experience with patent prosecution, opinion work, portfolio management, copyright litigation, and trademark litigation. Greene has also handled numerous pro bono cases on behalf of asylum applicants in U.S. immigration court.

Greene is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honours, 2004), where he was managing editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, and the University of Texas at Austin (B.S., chemical engineering, with highest honours, 1998).

About the Duane Morris Austin Office

Duane Morris attorneys have longstanding ties to the Texas legal and business communities and have been practicing law in the state for many years. The opening of the firm’s Austin office in October 2017 further aligned Duane Morris’ domestic footprint with the robust high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. Clients benefit from the firm’s presence in the Texas capital and in Houston, along with the firm’s global breadth of services and experience representing public entities, large corporations, middle-market companies, emerging-growth companies and entrepreneurs.