Pinsent Masons hires construction partner in Melbourne

International law firm Pinsent Masons has hired Phillipa Beck to expand the firm’s Construction Advisory & Disputes team in Australia.

Phillipa is a construction lawyer advising on project delivery and disputes across the energy and infrastructure sectors in Asia Pacific, including Private Public Partnerships (PPP). She joins from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Matthew Croagh, Head of Pinsent Masons Australia said, “There is a strong and expanding pipeline of major projects across Asia Pacific. Philippa brings valuable experience that is well suited to our sector-focused approach. Her skills in advising clients on mega projects developing flexible, innovative solutions that provide the foundation for a project’s successful delivery will be an asset to the firm.”

Phillipa expertise spans risk management, dispute avoidance and all forms of dispute resolution.

Fraser McMillan, Head of Construction Advisory & Disputes in Australia added, “Australia ranks as a world leader in infrastructure development, but challenges around its ability to meet infrastructure demand is set to intensify. Phillipa has the right skillset to work alongside project teams across the firm supporting clients in finding the right solutions to tackle these challenges; whether that be through joint ventures or other frameworks.”

This appointment follows the continued expansion of our infrastructure and energy team in Asia Pacific. Pinsent Masons Australia has more than 100 specialist infrastructure and energy lawyers and business professionals working across our three offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Recent major projects the firm is advising on in Australia include: the A$11 billion North East Link, Victoria’s largest roads project, the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility, Australia’s second only waste-to-energy project and the Stockyard Wind Farm, the largest wind farm in the South Hemisphere.

Dentons hires leading Irish lawyer Shane O’Donnell in Dublin

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, is pleased to announce the hire of Shane O’Donnell as partner at its new Dublin office.

Shane joins from William Fry, where he served as Head of Corporate for the last five years, running some of the most complex and big-ticket mandates in the market. Shane also served as Head of William Fry’s Food, Beverage and Agribusiness department and brings extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraisings and take-private transactions on behalf of Irish and international clients.

Eavan Saunders, Managing Partner, Dentons Ireland said: “I’m delighted that Shane is coming on board. Attracting such a high calibre partner demonstrates the ambitions we have for the Dublin office. Shane is an acknowledged leader in his field and will be a tremendous addition to the Dentons offering in Ireland. With genuine leaders as part of our team, Dentons can offer the scale, quality and in-depth sector specialisation that no other firm in Dublin can match. This is the latest edition to our elite team that will offer the highest quality advice in the market.”

The hire follows the announcement of Dentons’ expansion plans into the Irish market with the appointments of Eavan Saunders and Peter O’Brien as founders.

Dentons’ Dublin office will initially focus on transactional work for clients particularly in the financial services, real estate, energy, infrastructure and technology sectors, areas where Dentons has market-leading expertise around the world.

Dentons provides clients with access to more than 10,000 lawyers in 181 locations across 73 countries around the globe. In 2019 the firm won 270 awards – more than any other law firm.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Enterprise, Dentons’ wholly owned subsidiary of innovation, advisory and technology operating units. Dentons’ polycentric approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

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Latham & Watkins LLP hires senior IP litigator

Latham & Watkins LLP has hired Rachel Weiner Cohen as counsel in its litigation and trial department.

Cohen joins Latham and Watkins from WilmerHale where she was counsel. She has extensive experience in both US and international intellectual property disputes.

Her practice ranges from international arbitrations and civil investigations to general commercial litigation.

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Commenting on the move, global co-chair of the intellectual property practice David Callahan said: “We are excited to welcome Rachel Weiner Cohen to Latham’s powerhouse IP team.”

“Her experience complements Latham’s formidable courtroom reputation and ability to navigate clients’ highest-profile patent disputes.”

Office managing partner for Latham and Watkins in Washington DC, Michael Egge, added: “Cohen is well-positioned to help us build on our recent string of major appellate victories.”

“Clients will also benefit from her insight into many of the disruptive technologies at the heart of IP disputes.”

Cohen’s addition to Latham & Watkins LLP follows the recent appointment of senior trial lawyers Tara Elliott, Jamie Underwood and Kevin Wheeler.

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Coinbase acquires Earn.com and hires CEO as Chief Technology Officer

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has acquired Earn.com, a paid messaging service enabled by Blockchain technology, and appointed the company’s CEO, Balaji Srinivasan, as its first Chief Technology Officer (CTO), TechCrunch reported April 16.

Neither Coinbase nor Earn.com, formerly known as 21.co, disclosed the terms of the deal, but Srinivasan told TechCrunch that it represented a positive return on investment for those who backed Earn.com. Since the company initially raised $120 mln in investment, there is some indication as to the cost of the deal.

As part of the acquisition, the digital currency exchange hired Earn.com’s CEO, Balaji Srinivasan, as its first CTO. The rest of the Earned.com team will also move over to Coinbase. Srinivasan holds a BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, and is known as an early evangelist of Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.

Prior to Earn.com, Srinivasan was a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He will reportedly continue to be involved with Andreessen Horowitz, and apart from the CTO position at Coinbase, will also be responsible for recruiting crypto talent to the company. Srinivasan said:

“With Coinbase’s user base and distribution muscle, I think it could hit $100 mln in ARR in a few months. I’m proud of the fact that we turned what could have been a disaster into a successful product and I’m excited about the road ahead.”

Coinbase has recently been acquiring a slew of new talent. Last week, the digital currency exchange hired a new Vice President of Communications, Rachel Horowitz, who previously served as Director of Technology Communications at Facebook. At Twitter she worked on scaling the communications team and developing company narrative.

In December 2017, former PayPal and Facebook executive David Marcus, joined Coinbase’s board of directors. CEO Brian Armstrong said Marcus’ “knowledge of both the payments and mobile space” was what would help “guide” Coinbase going forward.