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.

This is why Dentons is organised to offer more than legal insight; we help you find business solutions, in a seamless fashion, across the globe.

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.

Duane Morris elevates four attorneys to special counsel

Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that it has promoted four associates to special counsel. The firm represents a broad array of clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

“David, Heather, Stuart and Gretchen are tremendous attorneys and have proven their commitment to our clients through their hard work and initiative,” said Duane Morris Chairman and CEO Matthew A. Taylor. “We’re pleased to be able to recognise their accomplishments and look forward to watching them continue to build prosperous legal careers.”

David A. Kahn practices in the areas of corporate and healthcare law, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, corporate entity and limited liability company formation and organisation, and other general corporate matters. He has experience in the preparation of stock, membership interest and asset purchase agreements, operating agreements and shareholder agreements, employment agreements, confidentiality, noncompetition, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements, general corporate counselling and other transactional matters.

Kahn is a graduate of Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2007), where he was a member of the Moot Court Society, and a graduate of Union College (B.A., 2002). Prior to entering law school, Kahn worked as a corporate paralegal for two years at an international law firm.

Heather N. King practices in the area of corporate and securities law, representing clients in connection with complex financings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private securities offerings. She regularly advises management teams and board of directors regarding corporate governance and matters relating to company operations. King has extensive experience advising clients in a variety of industries, including corporate clients in the technology, financial services, consumer products and healthcare industries.

King is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008), where she was associate comments editor of the Law Review, and a graduate of Stevenson University (B.S., magna cum laude, 2000).

Stuart I. Seiden practices in the area of litigation and focuses on representing the interests of clients in state, federal and bankruptcy court litigation matters throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He has experience in mortgage-related litigation; consumer bankruptcy, including adversary proceedings; consumer credit card litigation; and consumer and commercial collections litigation. Seiden’s practice includes defending lenders, servicers and credit card companies from actions brought under TILA, RESPA, HOEPA, NJHOSA, ECOA, FCRA, TCPA and state consumer fraud statutes. He also responds to consumer disputes sent to his clients by state attorneys general offices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory agencies. Seiden also has appellate experience in the mortgage-related litigation space.

Seiden is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law–Camden (J.D., 2005), Lebanon Valley College (B.A., 2002) and The Hill School (1998). Prior to entering private practice, he served as law clerk to the late Hon. M. Allan Vogelson, presiding judge, Chancery Division, Camden County Superior Court. Additionally, Seiden worked for The Sports Corporation, a major professional hockey agency in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Gretchen L. Temeles, Ph.D., focuses her practice on patent procurement and patent portfolio management in the biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She counsels clients from multiple industry sectors including established specialty chemical, diagnostic and medical device companies, midmarket biotech companies, medical cannabis and cannabinoids, early stage start-up companies and universities. Temeles’ experience includes both U.S. and international patent prosecution, patent landscape analyses, freedom-to-operate searches, patent due diligence, noninfringement and invalidity opinions and European opposition proceedings. She works with clients to balance their patent and trade secret portfolios and assists clients with transactional work, including material transfer agreements, sponsored research agreements and licensing agreements. Temeles has experience in prelitigation and litigation matters in molecular diagnostics.

Temeles is a graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law (J.D., 2009), Yale University (Ph.D., biology, 1987) and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, 1974). Prior to her legal career, Temeles was a research scientist and group leader in a biotechnology company, where she worked on target identification and small molecule drug discovery. Previously, she held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Merck Sharpe and Dohme Research Laboratories. Temeles is a co-inventor on two U.S. patents and has authored peer-reviewed scientific papers.