BPCL selects AspenTech Software for Operational Excellence award

Client Profile: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a Fortune 500 energy company is headquartered in Mumbai. It is a public sector undertaking and last year, the Government of India conferred BPCL with Maharatna status. The company operates through two segments: Downstream petroleum (refining and marketing of petroleum products), and Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons (E&P). The company’s refineries are located at: Mumbai (Maharashtra), Kochi (Kerala), Numaligarh (Assam), and Bina (Madhya Pradesh). Its marketing infrastructure includes network of installations, depots, retail outlets, aviation service stations, and LPG distributors.

The Challenges: The oil and gas sector faces an increasingly complex environment, companies need to be innovative in adopting new business models and partnerships. Leading players, such as BPCL, need to have a resilient strategy to protect against price dips and adopt digital transformation in an astute manner to improve operational performance.

Considering all these factors, BPCL began scouting for a one-stop solution provider that could help drive business sustainability and increase profitability by maximizing asset performance across BPCL Group Refineries. Earlier on, BPCL had also deployed AspenTech solutions in pursuit of energy management and asset optimization at their Mumbai refinery. Following a successful deployment, BPCL proceeded to standardize on AspenTech software solutions.

AspenTech’s Solutions For BPCL: The solutions include Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining; Aspen Exchanger Design & Rating; Aspen Economic Evaluation; Aspen Energy Analyzer; Aspen DMC3; Aspen InfoPlus.21; aspenONE Process Explorer; Aspen PIMS-AO; Aspen Supply Chain Planner; Aspen Tank and Operations Manager; and Aspen Operations Reconciliation and Accounting.

With aspenONE software, organizations can run to the limits of performance and achieve optimal financial return over the entire asset lifecycle without compromising safety, reliability or regulatory compliance. In partnering with AspenTech, BPCL can capitalize on digital transformation to reduce costs, maximize growth and achieve sustainable operations via operational excellence. With this deployment, BPCL is well positioned to support energy needs and emissions standards in India.

What BPCL Stands To Gain: Centralized control and a single point of contact and accountability will help the company to achieve operational excellence and gain competitive advantage. AspenTech’s integrated solutions across design and operations will help BPCL maximize profitability, increase return on capital, and improve complex manufacturing and operating scenarios.


Northern Ireland: Pinsent Masons crowned Law Firm of the Year

ONE of Northern Ireland’s largest law firms has been named Law Firm of the Year 2018 at the prestigious awards ceremony hosted by The Lawyer magazine.

Servicing major Northern Irish institutions such as Queen’s University, Allstate, and Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Pinsent Masons employs more than 85 people in Belfast, with that number rising to around 110 when combined with their rapidly expanding new office in Dublin.

This year’s judges – a panel of in-house general counsel, The Lawyer Hot 100 alumni and managing partners of major international firms – recognised the firm’s achievements over the past year, from continuing to be a market leader across its five key sectors, to expanding its revenue streams outside of traditional legal services through a range of innovative ‘New Law’ products.

The judges also commended the firm’s desire to lead on gender diversity, with the firm one of the first in the sector to publish its gender pay gap data.

Pinsent Masons has also succeeded in raising the percentage of women in its partnership from 17 per cent to 25 per cent in five years, and four of its nine board members are female.

Head of Pinsent Masons Belfast office and real estate partner Andrea McIlroy-Rose said: “In Northern Ireland we have enjoyed working on high profile local projects including the purchase of Belfast International Airport, the £200m Gas to the West expansion, and major new Grade A office facilities for inward investors such as Allstate and Concentrix.

“The strength of our firm offering, and investment in technology, means we can provide our clients with outstanding service and efficiencies that are unparalleled in a regional market such as Northern Ireland.”

On a global level the firm has acted on several significant deals globally in the past year, including advising Shell UK on its $3.8bn sale of North Sea assets to Chrysaor; Laing O’Rourke on AU$955m Sydney Metro Central Station; ING and Commonwealth Bank of Australia on a pilot AI program for MiFID II; and advising Redefine International on the disposal of its German retail portfolio of 66 properties for €205m.

Pinsent Masons recently reported its 2017/18 financial results, achieving a 10 per cent increase in fees billed. The firm’s total global turnover for the year stood at £449.8 million, representing turnover growth of more than 40 per cent and profit growth of 60 per cent over the past five years.


PwC Advisory and Deloitte Consulting steal the show at MCA Awards

The Management Consultancies Association has hosted its annual awards ceremony with numerous firms honoured on the night. While a diverse range of firms were celebrated, however, it was a duo of Big Four firms who dominated proceedings, with PwC Advisory and Deloitte Consulting scooping a total of 12 accolades between them.

The yearly MCA awards have become a major moment in the calendars of the UK’s leading management consultancies over the past 21 years. Organised by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the event commends best practices and recognises high-quality performance in the UK’s £10 billion consulting industry across three areas, with 18 different awards for client excellence handed out in the process. These awards recognise consulting firms and their teams for delivering excellent results for their clients, including gongs for best projects in strategy, commercial excellence, performance improvement, change management, social & environmental value and customer engagement.

On the night, the consulting arms of two of the Big Four firms – PwC and Deloitte – stole the show, with 12 winning or highly commended entries in total. Including both outright wins and highly commended nods, PwC scooped seven awards while Deloitte was honoured five times.


PwC was the outright winner of Project of the Year, for the transformation of Rolls Royce Holding’s future global logistics services as well as for four other awards. The firm also received the prize for Best Use of Thought Leadership for its work with TheCityUK, which recently saw the pair publish articles on the effects of Brexit, and the potential boost to the economy of a thriving professional services sector, among other flagship topics.

The Change Management in the Private Sector was awarded to PwC for its work with Softbank Group – which encouraged investment in automation technologies – along with the award for Commercial Excellence (also relating to PwC’s work with Rolls Royce), and the prize for Digital and Technology, recognising PwC’s role in Direct Line Group’s new insurance initiative for small businesses. Capping an excellent outing for the firm, PwC were also highly commended in the International and the Social & Environmental Value categories, both for the firm’s work with the UK Department for International Development.

Commenting on the MCA Awards success, Marco Amitrano, UK consulting leader at PwC, said, “This is great public recognition of how we’re helping our clients deliver significant, high quality transformation for their businesses. Our winners were up against tough competition and we’re proud to see their work recognised and celebrated at these prestigious awards. The MCA Awards strive to celebrate projects where clients and consultants work together to achieve great results. I’m delighted we had so many projects and individuals shortlisted this year and want to congratulate everyone, especially those who won.”


Deloitte, meanwhile, won three categories as a firm. Following Deloitte’s success at the awards over the last two years, these new accolades bring Deloitte’s total to a staggering 31 over a three year period.

Notably, Deloitte drew praise for its role assisting the Police Service Northern Ireland with the modernisation of its recruitment process – with Deloitte winning the People category subsequently. The firm also picked up the prize for Strategy, winning for its work with Merck, Sharpe & Dohme and the Heart of England and NHS Foundation Trust, exploring new strategies to provide value beyond pharmaceutical drugs for NHS customers suffering from diabetes and lung cancer. On top of this, Deloitte won the Performance Improvement in the Private Sector prize for its work with Syngenta, in order to boost the agricultural output of the firm as well as improving its environmental footprint.

Like PwC, Deloitte also received ‘highly commended’ statuses. In the Digital and Technology category won by PwC, Deloitte was highly commended for the firm’s work with AstraZeneca RPA, leveraging Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to enable Astra Zeneca to boost productivity without compromising on cost or quality. The Change Management in the Public Sector category also saw Deloitte receive this commendation, for their role helping the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership to work towards being a self-sustaining region with an improved standard of health care and health services.

Commenting via the firm’s website, Deloitte said of the awards glut, “All of our winning and finalist entries are testament to the outstanding work of our consultants who continually go above and beyond to make an impact that matters for our clients and communities.”

Among the other consulting firms celebrated at the 2018 MCA Awards were Simon-Kucher Partners, Coeus Consulting, Jacobs, OEE Consulting, PPL, Thales Cyber & Consulting, Arup, Egremont Group, Carnall Farrar, IBM, GE Healthcare Partners, Proudfoot, Turner & Townsend Suiko, and Atos.


Award Winners Announced from the 2018 Middle East Legal Awards

DLA Piper was crowned International Law Firm of the Year for the second year running at the Middle East Legal Awards, underscoring the firm’s continued strong performance in the region.

As the only international firm with offices in all six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, judges praised its regional ambitions and its ongoing efforts to put innovation at the forefront of client care and service in the Middle East.

Clyde & Co, which narrowly missed out on the flagship prize, emerged as the biggest winner on the night, picking up three awards for CSR Initiative of the Year, Litigation Team of the Year and Arbitration Team of the Year.

The awards – which were jointly hosted by Legal Week and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East Chapter – took place at the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai yesterday (19 April) and were attended by nearly 400 lawyers from across the region and beyond.

Some 24 prizes were up for grabs amid a record year of submissions from leading global and local firms and in-house legal departments.

The awards highlighted the international legal industry’s commitment to the Middle East, with a number of large firms recognised for their work in the region.

Pinsent Masons was named Real Estate Team of the Year for advising on a giant luxury shopping centre and hotel project in Dubai, while Baker McKenzie took home the Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year award for guiding a client through a complex international regulatory probe.

A number of winners joined DLA in retaining their titles for a second year running. Simmons & Simmons collected the TMT Team of the Year prize again, while Dentons held onto the Construction Team of the Year title for advising on a shopping mall and entertainment development in Abu Dhabi. Bracewell, meanwhile, took home Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year for a second consecutive year.

The big regional winner was Al Tamimi & Company, which was named Regional Law Firm of the Year (large practice), also for a second year running. The Dubai firm also scooped the Corporate Team of the Year prize to ensure it was the most successful regional player at this year’s awards.

Tribonian Law Advisors (in association with Rindala Beydoun Legal Consultancy) collected the Regional Law Firm of the Year (small practice) award, praised by judges for landing a number of high-profile M&A deals ahead of much bigger competitors.

Satellite TV broadcaster OSN’s in-house team was named Legal Department of the Year (large team) in recognition of its efforts to continuously go above and beyond its remit, while building technology services provider Johnson Controls Middle East & Africa picked up the Legal Department of the Year (small team) award for supporting business development and driving growth across the company.

Dr Zaid Mahayni, group chief legal officer at SEDCO Holding, was crowned General Counsel of the Year (large team) for his strong leadership skills, while Microsoft Gulf’s Joanne Fischlin was named General Counsel of the Year (small team) for transforming how the wider business views and interacts with her department.

The final prize of the night – the ACC Middle East Achievement Award, presented by ACC Middle East president Sahia Ahmed – went to Mark Beer OBE, chief executive of the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority, who has been instrumental in developing the commercial court system in Dubai, which is part of the reason why many companies have been eager to run their regional business from the DIFC.

The 2018 Middle East Legal Award Winners List:

– TMT Team of the Year – Simmons & Simmons
– Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year – Baker McKenzie
– Litigation Team of the Year – Clyde & Co
– Arbitration Team of the Year – Clyde & Co
– Corporate Team of the Year – Al Tamimi & Company
– Real Estate Team of the Year – Pinsent Masons
– Construction Team of the Year – Dentons
– Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year – Bracewell
– Banking and Finance Team of the Year – Stephenson Harwood
– Associate Solicitor of the Year – Rachael Ashley, Hadef & Partners
– Regional Law Firm of the Year, Small Practice – Tribonian Law Advisors
– Regional Law Firm of the Year, Large Practice – Al Tamimi & Company
– International Law Firm of the Year – DLA Piper
– Best Use of Technology – Squire Patton Boggs
– CSR Initiative of the Year – Clyde & Co
– Innovation Award – Microsoft Gulf
– Junior Corporate Counsel of the Year – Amira Fayad, Sediqqi
– Senior Corporate Counsel of the Year – Varsha Gupta, Reckitt Benckiser
– Legal Department of the Year, Small Team – Johnson Controls Middle East & Africa
– Legal Department of the Year, Public Body – DIFC Academy of Law
– Legal Department of the Year, Large Team – OSN
– General Counsel of the Year, Small Team – Joanne Fischlin, Microsoft Gulf
– General Counsel of the Year, Large Team – Dr Zaid Mahayni, SEDCO Holding
– ACC Middle East Achievement Award – Mark Beer OBE, chief executive, Dubai International Financial Centre Dispute Resolution Authority

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Tribune Announces 2018 Award Winners, Attorney of the Year Finalists

The nominations are in and winners have been chosen in 10 categories for the Connecticut Law Tribune’s annual Professional Excellence Awards. Attorneys, firms, law departments and legal services organisations from throughout the state are represented in this year’s group of distinguished winners, with the coveted Attorney of the Year accolade going to one of three finalists.

All honorees will be recognised at an awards dinner on May 24 at the Bond Ballroom in Hartford. The Attorney of the Year winner will be announced at the dinner.

This year’s finalists for Attorney of the Year, followed by winners in 10 other categories, are as follows:

Attorney of the Year Finalists

– Karen DeMeola, University of Connecticut School of Law
– Aaron Bayer, Wiggin and Dana
– Thomas Behrendt, Connecticut Legal Rights Project

New Leaders in the Law

– Jarod Taylor, Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider
– Katherine Bogard, Brody and Associates
– John D’Ambrosio, Cowdery & Murphy
– Abigail Miranda, Cramer & Anderson
– Daniel Raccuia, Day Pitney
– Ron Houde, Kalon Law Firm
– Stephen Napier, Ivey Barnum & O’Mara
– Sarah Skubas, Jackson Lewis
– Dennis Durao, Karsten & Tallberg
– Peter Zarella, McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter
– Mathew Jasinski, Motley Rice
– Nisha Kapur, Murtha Cullina
– Robert Heinimann Jr., Murtha Cullina
– Devin Janosov, Papcsy Janosov Roche
– Edward Lefebvre, Pullman & Comley
– Kelly O’Donnell, Pullman & Comley
– Sean Stokes, RisCassi & Davis
– Meaghan Mary Cooper, Robinson & Cole
– Nuala Droney, Robinson & Cole
– Dyan M. Kozaczka, Rutkin Oldham & Griffin
– Aaron Levy, Shipman & Goodwin
– Nathan Plotkin, Shipman & Goodwin
– Robyn Gallagher, Wiggin and Dana
– Aigné Goldsby, Meehan Roberts Turret and Rosenbaum

Litigation Departments

– Murtha Cullina
– Pullman & Comley
– Wiggin and Dana
– Shipman & Goodwin

Best Mentors

– Michael Fitzpatrick, Ruane Attorneys
– Robert Brody, Brody & Associates
– Paul Iannaccone, RisCassi & Davis
– Vincent Trantolo, Trantolo Law
– Randy DiBella, Cramer & Anderson

Distinguished Leaders

– Michael K. Conway, Office of Michael K. Conway
– John Houlihan, RisCassi & Davis
– Chris Sochacki, Cramer & Anderson
– Kim Rinehart, Wiggin and Dana
– William Davis, RisCassi & Davis
– Claudia Baio, Howard Kohn Sprague & FitzGerald
– Amy Marx, New Haven Legal Aid
– David Rosen, David Rosen & Associates

Unsung Heroes

– Fred Ury, Ury & Moskow
– Marcy Tench Stovall, Pullman & Comley

Lifetime Achievement

– Henry Anderson, Cramer & Anderson
– Angelo Cicchiello, Cicchiello & Cicchiello
– Francis Morrison, Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider
– Arnold Rutkin, Rutkin Oldham & Griffin

GC Impact of the Year

– Brian Farnen, Connecticut Green Bank
– Gregory Butler, Eversource
– Moses Vargas, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
– Francis X. Dineen, New Haven Legal Assistance Association

Game Changers

– Donald Papcsy, Papcsy Janosov Roche
– Christopher Kriesen, The Kalon Law Firm
– James Harrington, Polito & Associates
– Jessica Grossarth Kennedy, Pullman & Comley
– Keith Trantolo, Trantolo Law

Giant Slayer Daniel Casagrande, Cramer & Anderson

Officiator Chase Rogers, retired Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice

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Law firm duo among winners at 2018 Asia Legal Awards

Davis Polk & Wardwell and Korean law firm Lee & Ko were among the biggest winners at the fifth annual Asia Legal Awards, held last week at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Davis Polk stood out from a group that included Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Kirkland & Ellis, Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and for the second year in a row, claimed the International Law Firm of the Year award.

Davis Polk was also awarded Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year, while Asia managing partner William Barron was named Securities Lawyer of the Year.

UK law firms to take home awards included Simmons & Simmons, which was named Employment Firm of the Year, and Watson Farley & Williams, which came out top in the Shipping and Maritime Firm of the Year category.

Two Freshfields lawyers were among the individual winners, with global M&A co-head Robert Ashworth named M&A Lawyer of the Year and Asia international arbitration head Nicholas Lingard recognised as International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year.

Meanwhile, Seoul-based Lee & Ko took home Asian Law Firm of the Year. The finalists in that category included Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill, India’s Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Indonesia’s Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, and China’s Han Kun Law Offices and Zhong Lun Law Firm. The 590-lawyer Korean firm also took home Finance Firm of the Year and Insurance Firm of the Year.

Mumbai-based Cyril Amarchand received Firm of the Year awards in the energy and private client practices. Skadden, whose head of China practice Julie Gao was named International Law Firm Leader of the Year, also won M&A Firm of the Year.

Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year went to Jonathan Zhou, management chair of China’s Fangda Partners.

Korean firm Bae Kim & Lee’s programme to support local firefighters received the Asian Pro Bono Initiative of the Year. HSF’s diversity and inclusion programme among Asia-Pacific offices was awarded the inaugural Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year, which intends to honour initiatives law firms implement in Asia to improve diversity in gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability.

EYulchon, an interactive mobile application launched by Korea’s Yulchon for in-house legal departments, was the first winner of the Asian Technology and Innovation Initiative of the Year award. US litigation specialist Kobre & Kim’s two-and-a-half-year-old Seoul office took home the debut New Asian Office of the Year.

Japanese automaker Nissan received Asian In-House Legal Department of the Year award, while legal teams at Ant Financial, adidas, Shanghai Real Estate and Uber were recognised in their respective sectors.