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EY honored with top recognition for CRM and work in blockchain

EY announces that it has been selected as a member of the prestigious 2018-2019 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics and has also been awarded the Microsoft 2018 Consulting & SI Drive Partners Award for work in blockchain.

Membership in the Inner Circle is based on sales achievements, with EY ranked as one of the leading Microsoft alliances. Inner Circle members have performed to a high standard of excellence by offering valuable services that help organisations achieve increased success.

The 2018 Consulting & SI Drive Award recognises the work EY is doing to transform the marine insurance industry with the world’s first blockchain platform for marine insurance now in commercial use.

EY, Guardtime, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Microsoft and insurance industry leaders Willis Towers Watson, XL Catlin, MS Amlin and ACORD announced that members of the marine industry are using Insurwave, a blockchain platform to support marine hull insurance. Insurwave, built by a joint venture between EY and Guardtime, will support more than half a million automated ledger transactions and help manage risk for more than 1,000 commercial vessels in the first year.

EY was also honoured for the Citizen Intelligence Solution and the application to child welfare from more than 2,600 entrants across 115 countries worldwide. The solution was built on the back of the work EY is delivering in Australia, New Zealand and UKI. Supported by Microsoft technologies, the solution is currently helping governments around the world in the area of child welfare, but other potential use cases include drug abuse and opioid addiction, homelessness and domestic violence. The platform gathers information from multiple critical data sources – justice, welfare, police, social services, health care – to provide rapid insights into individual cases. With a detailed view of each vulnerable child, decision making is timely, responsive and focused on real, long-term results.

Jim Little, EY Global Leader of the EY and Microsoft strategic alliance, says:

“The EY and Microsoft alliance jointly develops innovative digital solutions that drive long-lasting client value. These distinguished awards recognise the value, focus on innovation and exceptional use of Microsoft’s digital technologies that EY brings to help EY clients reap the benefits of digital transformation. We will continue to bring exciting new solutions to market that leverage the combined strengths of our organisations.”

Victor Morales, Vice President, Systems Integrators at Microsoft Corp., says:

“We are delighted to welcome EY into the elite 2018/2019 Inner Circle in recognition of their deep commitment to our customers and dedication to business excellence. The 2018 Consulting and Systems Integration Partner of the Year award recognises how our jointly-developed innovative blockchain-based solution helps to improve client satisfaction and enhances compliance. We’re thrilled to work with EY in a trusted alliance that leverages EY technology and finance knowledge with the technology leadership of Microsoft.”

The EY and Microsoft alliance combines deep EY insights and experience in disruptive industry trends, new business models and evolving processes with Microsoft’s scalable, enterprise cloud platform and digital technologies. Together, EY and Microsoft are collaborating to help accelerate digital strategy and make it a reality for enterprises to thrive in a digital world.

Recently, EY announced blockchain initiatives with Microsoft including a blockchain solution for content rights and royalties management; the world’s first marine insurance blockchain platform; blockchain for automotive services and a suite of blockchain audit technologies that enhances the ability to perform an in-depth review of cryptocurrency business transactions.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organisation, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organisation, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organisation that also does not provide any services to clients.

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This Durban attorney is a ‘real hero’

A Durban legal eagle has been selected as the “Real Hero” of the We Are Durban campaign, which celebrates the city’s heroes during Women’s Month.

We Are Durban helps charities in the eThekwini area to reach their potential, by helping them use a developmental approach to give back instead of a relief type approach.

Charmaine Schwenn, the director of Durban-based law firm Schwenn Inc. has been using her skills to help develop the city’s residents.

She was nominated as a “Real Hero” for her active involvement in pro-bono work, including assisting ProBono.org.

Schwenn has served on the Jes Foord Foundation, which assists survivors of rape, and was recently appointed as the Small Claims Court Commissioner to provide access to justice to those who cannot afford the court process.

“I am both honoured and humbled to be recognised and salute all fellow women in business this Women’s month,” said Schwenn.

We Are Durban’s managing director, Linda Morrison, said they aimed to highlight local and inspiring women within the various organisations they represent.

“These women challenge us to be more than we have been in the past and are changing their community for the better. We value our Real Heroes who are hope carriers, impact champions and change agents. Charmaine is a regular speaker at events motivating fellow businesswomen and encouraging them to succeed in their chosen fields. With a heart for upliftment and empowerment, she is deeply committed to volunteering and actively involved in multiple organisations,” said Morrison.

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K2 Intelligence named in The Recorder’s ‘Best of 2018’ list

K2 Intelligence, an industry-leading investigative, compliance, and cyber defence services firm founded by Jules B. Kroll and Jeremy M. Kroll, announced today that it has been named by California-based legal news site, The Recorder to the “Best of 2018” list of legal services vendors in the categories of “Forensic Account Provider” and “Private Investigation Firm.”

“As a long-time partner to the legal industry, it’s gratifying to be recognised by The Recorder for the many investigative services we provide to law firms and their clients to help them succeed,” said Robert Brenner, chief operating officer for K2 Intelligence. “We believe it is our unique combination of investigative expertise, the best multidisciplinary teams, and customized technology that positions us to address the most complex legal challenges. For The Recorder and the members of the California legal community to acknowledge these facets of our investigative, analytic, and advisory excellence is a great honour.”

According to The Recorder, the “Best Of” awards were developed to help lawyers and law firm administrators identify the finest legal products and service providers. The annual “Best Of” supplements recognise the vendors that stand out among their competitors in providing lawyers with the essentials they require to compete in today’s legal market.

About K2 Intelligence

K2 Intelligence is an industry-leading investigative, compliance, and cyber defence services firm founded in 2009 by Jeremy M. Kroll and Jules B. Kroll, who is credited with originating the modern corporate investigations industry. Redefining 21st-century corporate intelligence, the firm combines subject-matter expertise with cutting-edge technology, bringing to bear the industry’s best multidisciplinary teams to solve its clients’ most difficult problems.

With offices in New York, London, Madrid, Geneva, and Los Angeles, K2 Intelligence advises governments, companies, boards, and individuals in business areas including investigations and disputes; regulatory compliance, cyber defence, construction and real estate, strategic risk and security, and private client services.

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Carey Olsen’s Keith Robinson gets Band 1 ranking

Keith Robinson of law firm Carey Olsen Bermuda has maintained his ranking as a Band 1 practitioner in offshore trusts in the 2018 Chambers High Net Worth guide.

Chambers and Partners is one of the world’s leading reference and ranking bodies for the legal sector, delivering in-depth independent research to identify and rank the most outstanding firms and practitioners.

The 2018 HNW guide includes extensive market insider endorsements for Mr Robinson, who has more than 20 years’ experience of a wide range of private wealth and trusts litigation and advisory work, and is described as a lawyer who “really knows how to handle big offshore disputes”, and whose “wider experience and knowledge gives him a very good forensic edge”.

Mr Robinson has particular expertise in high-value trust litigation and court approved trust restructurings, often with a multi-jurisdictional element.

One of his fiduciary clients said: “I rely on him because his advice is practical and he can provide a view on what we should be doing. He doesn’t just provide options, but will give you a solution. He is extremely intelligent and comfortable on his feet, he is always fully prepared, he gives you confidence and is an honest broker. You can put him in front of any client. He is a bit of a rock star.”

Michael Hanson, managing partner, said “We have hit the ground running with the establishment of Carey Olsen Bermuda. Keith’s remarkable work in the past seven months has not only maintained his Band 1 ranking, he is also attracting new and significant trust work to Bermuda. I am very pleased that these achievements are being recognised by such an established ranking body, it is very well deserved.”

Carey Olsen Bermuda was established by Bermudian attorney Michael Hanson in association with leading international offshore law firm Carey Olsen at the end of last year. The firm was recently named Offshore Law Firm of the Year at the Lawyer Awards in London for the second year in a row.

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Attorneys from The Lanier Law Firm honored by Texas Rising Stars

The Lanier Law Firm is pleased to announce that firm attorneys Reagan Bradford, Benjamin Major and Jonathan Wilkerson are honored among the state’s top young lawyers in the 2018 Texas Rising Stars list.

The three respected litigators are each recognized for different areas of expertise. Mr. Bradford is singled out for his work on behalf of clients in class actions and mass torts. A former deputy general counsel for a Fortune 500 energy company, he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, particularly cases involving energy, corporate governance, securities and antitrust.

Mr. Major is being recognized for his work in appellate law. His clients include companies, cities and individuals. He represents financial institutions in commercial collection and lender liability cases, individuals in probate and personal injury lawsuits, and municipalities in Section 1983 litigation. He also assists various corporate clients in commercial, personal injury and employment matters.

Mr. Wilkerson is being honored for his business litigation practice, which includes representation of clients in all phases of business and real estate litigation. His practice also involves fact-gathering and support in governmental investigations, as well as due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and discovery, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial support in several patent litigation matters.

The Texas Rising Stars list recognizes the outstanding work of the state’s top attorneys age 40 and younger or who have practiced law for no more than 10 years. Only 2.5 percent of eligible Texas lawyers are selected to the list each year based on nominations from other lawyers, independent research and a review by separate advisory boards. The full list will be published in the April 2018 issues of Texas Monthly and the Texas Rising Stars issue of Super Lawyers magazine.

With offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles, The Lanier Law Firm is committed to addressing client concerns with effective and innovative solutions in courtrooms across the country. The firm is composed of outstanding trial attorneys with decades of experience handling cases involving pharmaceutical liability, asbestos exposure, commercial litigation, product liability, maritime law, and sports and entertainment law. For more information about the firm, visit https://lanierlawfirm.com/.