American Attorney Camille Vasquez Elected Partner

International law firm Brown Rudnick recently announced that American attorney Camille Vasquez has been elected partner. Camille is a 2010 graduate of Southwestern Law School.

Camille has more than 10 years of experience, which includes defamation cases, contract disputes, business-related torts and employment-related claims.

Brown Rudnick serves clients around the world from offices in key financial centres across the United States of America and Europe.

Their clients include public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 businesses and start-up enterprises.

Brown Rudnick also represent investors, as well as official and ad hoc creditors committees in today’s largest corporate restructurings, both domestically and abroad.

Camille is adept at formulating offensive and defensive litigation strategies for private clients.

She also has extensive experience handling parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements.

Camille was a key member of the litigation team that won a jury verdict for actor and musician Johnny Depp in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.

A Virginia jury unanimously ruled in favour of Depp following a six-week trial, and found that he had proven all elements of defamation.

The seven-member jury awarded him $15 million and $2 million to Heard on account of her counterclaim.

Brown Rudnick’s international litigation and arbitration practice boasts extensive experience and a strong track record for large-scale, highly complex disputes.

DLA Piper Law Firm Announces Job Promotions in Luxembourg

DLA Piper law firm has offices in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

DLA Piper is pleased to announce a new round of promotions in Luxembourg. Once again the range of practice areas in which we have promoted our lawyers demonstrates the continued commitment to grow our pool of talents, further strengthen our Luxembourg office and reflects the diversity of expertise and talents within DLA Piper Luxembourg.

Luxembourg is a small European country, surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. It’s mostly rural, with dense Ardennes forest and nature parks in the north, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east and the Moselle river valley in the southeast.

The newly promoted lawyers, effective as of 1 May 2021, are:

  • Emre Akan (Senior Associate, Tax);
  • Bahya Bouharati (Senior Associate, Investment Funds);
  • Jordan Reinert (Senior Associate, Corporate);
  • Yann Zellet (Senior Associate, Finance and Projects).

DLA Piper’s Country Managing Partner in Luxembourg, Catherine Pogorzelski, commented: “I would like to congratulate Emre, Bahya, Jordan and Yann on their promotions and thank them for their hard work, dedication and for promoting a collaborative attitude which sits at the core of our purpose and values.

These promotions demonstrate our commitment to develop the capability of our people and help them fulfil their potential. We have ambitious plans for the future.

I look forward to further growing our team of dynamic and diverse lawyers with strong sector expertise and entrepreneurial mindset which are key to build sustainable partnerships with our clients and DLA Piper global network and create long-lasting value and impact.”

These promotions come in addition to the partner promotion of Caroline Pimpaud in Investment Funds practice.

Dentons Brisbane Grows Team with Two New Legal Partners

Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions.

Dentons continues to build on its Brisbane presence welcoming Craig Chapman and promoting Cara Richardson.

Craig Chapman, formerly Group General Counsel at Bank of Queensland, joins Dentons as a partner in the banking and finance team, and Head of the Brisbane office. Craig has a long and distinguished career with nearly three decades of industry experience.

Craig has been selected by Australasian Lawyer as one of 2020’s leading in-house legal leaders and is also a finalist for Financial Services Lawyer of the Year at the 2020 Corporate Counsel Awards.

Cara Richardson has recently been promoted to partner in Dentons’ real estate group, and has specific experience working with large institutional companies dealing with commercial, industrial and retail leasing, disposal of businesses and land, acquisition of businesses and land and advising on property related matters.

Dentons’ Australia Chair and Australasia Region Chief Executive Officer, Doug Stipanicev, said the addition of Craig, and the promotion of Cara strengthens Dentons’ presence in the Queensland market, and increases the law firms client offering.

Mr Stipanicev also said Dentons’ national presence across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth; and global footprint means that Dentons clients in Australasia will always have a team of experienced legal professionals ready to seamlessly continue to meet their needs.

Dentons Overview

Dentons is designed to be different. The challenges that our clients are navigating and the opportunities they are advancing are changing at an accelerating pace. We are a law firm that embraces change and can help you grow, protect, operate and finance your organisation.

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Dentons Larraín Rencoret Promotes Ignacio Pera Rivas

Dentons Larraín Rencoret are pleased to announce that Ignacio Pera Rivas has been promoted to partner in their Santiago office.

Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range.

Ignacio has over 8 years’ professional experience, mainly in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and finance matters in the mining, technology, financial and real estate industries.

Ignacio’s experience includes negotiating and drafting complex principal agreements and ancillary documents in a wide range of transactions, representing both the buy and sell side and providing general counsel on a broad range of commercial matters, including business formation and structuring, distribution agreements, purchase and supply agreements, and loan agreements

Additionally, he regularly advises local and foreign companies in venture capital transactions and provides legal assistance in the development of start-up projects particularly for Fintech, IT Architecture and Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence companies, and analysis of national and local laws and rules applicable to new technologies and data protection.

Ignacio holds a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master of Laws degree from the University of California.

Dentons Larraín Rencoret Overview

Dentons Larraín Rencoret participates in working groups for the creation of regulatory sandbox in Artificial Intelligence.

Santiago is one of the largest cities in the Americas. Home to the regional headquarters of many multinational corporations, Santiago is the cultural, political and financial centre of Chile.

The Santiago office joined Dentons in 2019, and offers advice across all major areas of law. You can rely on our long-standing experience in the market to provide you with the legal tools you need to get a deal done or a project completed.

Baker McKenzie Law Firm Announces Partnership Promotions

Baker McKenzie law firm is pleased to announce that 84 of our colleagues have been promoted to partner. Promotions take effect from 1 July.

A job promotion is when an employee is elevated to a higher rank, position, or role within a business or organisation because of their exceptional performance. Job promotions are usually accompanied by increased responsibilities or a higher salary.

Across the law firm’s practice groups globally, Tax and Dispute Resolutions saw the largest intake of new partners, with mergers and acquisitions also significantly adding to their numbers.

During Financial Year 2020 Baker McKenzie also added 68 lateral partner hires, demonstrating the Firm’s continued commitment to investing in top talent across the globe. Combining this year’s promotions and new lateral talent, the law firm added 152 partners to its ranks.

Milton Cheng, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, said: “Congratulations to all of our new partners. Welcoming 152 new partners, both home-grown and lateral, over the last 12 months is a clear sign of the importance we place in the long-term growth strategy of the law firm.

I wish them all the best in their future career with Baker McKenzie.”

Baker McKenzie is a multinational law firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1949 as Baker & McKenzie, it has 77 offices in 46 countries, and over 6000 lawyers worldwide. It is one of the largest law firms in the world by headcount and revenue.

Pinsent Masons Announces UK Partner Promotions

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm which specialises in the energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. The law firm ranks among the top hundred law firms in the world by turnover. 

Pinsent has announced 17 new partners in its 2020 promotion round as it promotes outside of traditional legal services for the first time.

Hayley Boxall has been made partner in Forensic Accounting Services while director of Client Solutions David Halliwell has also been promoted to partner as the firm strengthens its capabilities as a professional services business with law at its core.

The remaining 15 new partners are from the firm’s five core global sectors; Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Advanced Manufacturing & Technology.

The promotions, which take effect on 1 May, bring the total number of partners to 474 with female representation across the partnership reaching approximately 28%.

This year, almost half of those promoted are women signalling the firm’s continued progress towards a position where promotions demographics reflect the pool from which candidates are drawn.

Pinsent was one of the first law firms to establish an in-house forensic accounting team, offering clients a multi-disciplinary approach to disputes, consultancy services and investigations.

The full list of partner promotions can be found below:

  • Dawn Allen (Financial Services, UK)
  • Hayley Boxall (Forensic and Accounting Services, UK)
  • Matthew Brewer (Financial Services, UK)
  • Andrew Brydon (AMT, Infrastructure, UK)
  • Oliver Crowley (Financial Services, UK)
  • David Halliwell (Client Solutions, UK)
  • Gemma Kaplan (Financial Services, UK)
  • David Lancaster (Advanced Manufacturing & Technology, UK)
  • Nick McDonald (Energy, Real Estate, UK)
  • Ann-Marie Salmacis (Real Estate, UK)
  • Michael Smith (Real Estate, UK)
  • Alasdair Weir (Energy, infrastructure, UK)
  • Kathryn Wynn (Financial Services, UK)

As the partner leading Client Solutions, David Halliwell works with a wide range of professionals across the firm to help clients transform the way they deliver legal services to their businesses, both through the firm’s existing portfolio of process, resourcing and technology solutions and through collaboration to create new ones.