Duane Morris Named to BTI Client Service 30

Duane Morris LLP has been named to the BTI Client Service 30: Best of the Best in Client Service Delivery. The designation, part of BTI Client Service A-Team 2021: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, marks the firm’s first appearance among what BTI Consulting Group considers the “elite firms that outperform everyone else” in terms of client service. According to the BTI research, Duane Morris is ranked at No. 14 among the 650 core law firms that serve Fortune 1000 and large private clients.

Based on BTI’s annual survey of a broad cross section of over 350 general counsels and associate general counsels at the nation’s largest corporations and private companies, the report describes Duane Morris as steadily climbing the rankings over the past five years and now “blazing into the top half of the BTI Client Service 30.” Duane Morris is also one of only 70 firms identified by legal decision-makers to substantially improve its client service performance in 2020, during a global pandemic, and hailed as one of the 10 firms with “excellent improvement” during this most challenging year. Overall, Duane Morris was recognised as “the best of the best in providing value” by survey participants.

“We’ve always been focused on delivering the best of Duane Morris to our clients. The events of 2020 really galvanised our relationships, as we were working together and partnering with clients and addressing needs via user-friendly, actionable advice,” said Duane Morris Chairman and CEO Matthew A. Taylor. “We are pleased to be recognised for our efforts by both BTI Consulting and our clients, and we’re not going to stop innovating.”

BTI’s report notes that, “Alongside Best of the Best distinction in providing value, Duane Morris stands out as a Leader in 8 of the 17 activities clients look for in a superior client service performance. The firm has been investing in its client service, client teams, and industry initiatives—clearly recognised and appreciated by clients.”

Additional client comments include:

  • “They have a strong focus on understanding the business and what we need, as well as partnering well with business and leadership.”
  • “They have a ton of global resources, can scale up, are very responsive, and offer a single relationship manager.”
  • “They provide clarity of communications and practicality of recommendations.”

According to BTI’s in-depth interviews with general counsels and other in-house legal officials, only 282 law firms—down from 340 last year—were singled out by legal decision-makers for their prowess in at least one of the 17 activities driving superior client relationships. The activities include: advising on business issues; unprompted communication; fielding the absolute best team; understands client’s business; mobilises resources quickly; quickly assesses the situation; client focus; provides value for the dollar; commitment to help; anticipates client’s needs; innovative approach; deals with unexpected changes; quality products; legal skills; keeps clients informed; handles problems; and meets core scope.

VEGAS LEX on The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 rankings

VEGAS LEX has improved its ranking in traditionally strong categories of The Legal 500 EMEA 2019. In particular, the firm ranks first in PPP and infrastructure projects category.

Many experts of VEGAS LEX have been recommended in the ranking. The following experts have been named in the individual ranking in the PPP and infrastructure projects category:

Competition Law

VEGAS LEX focuses on anti-monopoly cases, compliance projects and regulatory advice. Alexander Sitnikov heads the practice, which handles work for key clients such as pipe producer TMK and Roche Diabetes Care Rus.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

At VEGAS LEX, managing partner Alexander Sitnikov’s extensive experience in the corporate space covers conflicts relating to investment projects, the protection and recovery of business assets, corporate governance and restructuring. Department head Victor Petrov has a strong track record in commercial, corporate, insurance and bankruptcy disputes. Evgeniy Rodin is recommended for energy disputes. The practice represents a mix of clients from the aerospace, energy, life sciences and retail sectors.

Energy & Natural Resources Law

Specializing in power generation projects, VEGAS LEX regularly represents clients such as OGK-2 and Irkutsk Electric Grid Company in contractual, commercial and tax-related disputes. Evgeniy Rodin and Alexander Sitnikov are the main practitioners.

PPP & Infrastructure Projects

According to one client, VEGAS LEX has ‘the leading practice in the Russian PPP sector’; the team is known for its strong focus on large-scale PPP projects in the energy, transportation, ports and healthcare-related areas. The ‘highly reputable’ practice is led by ‘industry expert’ Denis Shtirbu and is well known for advising federal and regional governmental agencies and state-owned companies including Russian Railways and the Ministry of Transport of the Novosibirsk region. Irina Dolgikh ‘demonstrates exceptional knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail’.

Real Estate & Construction Law

Headed by the ‘diligent and responsible’ Igor Chumachenko, the real estate department at VEGAS LEX provides ‘high-quality and cost-effective legal services’ and is recommended for its ‘deep familiarity with the Russian regulatory framework and the local implementation of EPC projects’. The team supported the Development Corporation of Kamchatka with the implementation of the modernisation project concerning the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo) airport.

TMT Law

The TMT practice at VEGAS LEX is headed by Alexandra Vasukhnova and advises on regulatory, contractual and e-commerce matters. Natalia Abtseshko is also noted. Clients include animation studio Sky and creative digital marketing agency Jami, among others.

Tax Services

VEGAS LEX has expertise across a broad range of tax matters including domestic and foreign tax structuring, tax support for major infrastructure projects and M&A transactions and customs. Yuriy Ivanov specializes in contentious tax and tax planning; he recently advised Russian Post on taxation and customs clearance matters pertaining to international mail and cargo operations. Denis Kozhevnikov assists Ivanov with contentious tax matters.

Transport Law

At VEGAS LEX, Denis Shtirbu heads the transport practice, which assists clients with major railroad infrastructure projects. The team advised the Ministry of Transport of the Novosibirsk Region during negotiations with government agencies regarding a high-value railway concession initiative. Dorogi Rossii is another notable client, among others.

If you would like to get more information about VEGAS LEX, please visit https://www.vegaslex.ru/

MBH ranked as a Top Tier Law Firm in all Practice Areas by The Legal 500

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is proud to announce that The Legal 500 has released its 2019 rankings, putting us as a TOP TIER law firm in all practice areas. The 2019 edition ranks MBH as TIER 1 firm in Banking and Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Arbitration, Litigation, Energy, and Projects and Infrastructure, and TIER 2 in TMT.

“Matouk Bassiouny is ‘the leader in capital markets work and has a strong track record in all areas of banking and finance law’.”

Matouk Bassiouny ‘has quickly become one of the leaders in the finance, corporate and M&A fields’.

“Matouk Bassiouny frequently handles CRCICA, ICC and ICSID proceedings for clients such as Etisalat Misr and Egyptian Indian Polyester Co. For Union Fenosa Gas, John Matouk and practice head Amr Abbas handled a $2bn CRCICA case against a state entity concerning contractual obligations.”

“Matouk Bassiouny is ‘one of the top firms for litigation’ and head of dispute resolution John Matouk is highly respected.”

The Legal 500 has also listed Dr. Amr A. Abbas (Partner and Head of Arbitration), Mahmoud Bassiouny (Managing Partner and Head of Finance & Projects), Omar Bassiouny (Founding Partner and Head of Corporate and M&A) and John Matouk (Founding Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution) as Leading Individuals in their fields. Momen Rezk (Senior Associate in Dispute Resolution: Litigation) has been listed as a Next Generation Lawyer.

We would like express our utmost gratitude to our clients for their continued trust in Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy and to our teams for earning this great achievement.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit https://matoukbassiouny.com/