Gateley raises over £11,000 for children’s hospital

The London office of legal and professional services group, Gateley, has raised over £11,000 for Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Evelina London is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and the second largest provider of children’s services in London. The team at Gateley raised a total of £11,254.14 through various fundraising events including the London marathon, office dress down days, bake sales and more.

The funding will go towards a ‘magic carpet’ for the children’s hospital – an interactive system, which projects different sensory programmes on the floor or wall. The therapeutic play unit will be used to encourage children to get out of bed and play after rehabilitation to aid recovery.

Paul Hayward, partner and head of Gateley’s London office, commented: “I’m extremely proud of the team for raising over £11,000 for this fantastic cause.

“Some of the staff in our London office have a personal connection to Evelina London Children’s Hospital, so it was a popular choice to support this charity and the wonderful work that they do in and around the city.”

Harriet Colley, corporate partnerships fundraiser at Evelina, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone at Gateley for their incredible fundraising efforts. It’s often difficult to encourage children to get out of bed after surgery, but the ‘magic carpet’ will help get them up, take their mind off recovery and help them get better more quickly, as well as being great fun on the wards.”

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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP promotes Kelli J. Duehning to partner

We are pleased to announce that Kelli J. Duehning has been named a partner at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Ms. Duehning joined BAL in 2017 after a 17-year career with the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS). She practices out of the San Francisco office where she concentrates on government relations and compliance legal services as they relate to all U.S. employment-based corporate immigration matters. Ms. Duehning currently provides legislative/policy updates, immigration program management, and compliance legal advice to some of BAL’s most high-profile clients and is a key leader in the firm’s compliance practice. Kelli is a subject matter expert in her field and is a frequent speaker at local and national continuing legal education courses, as well as industry-related seminars and conferences.

Ms. Duehning is a member of the Federal Bar Association: Immigration Law Section and Northern District of CA Chapters. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science and Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is admitted to the State Bar of Minnesota.

Kim Askew joins DLA Piper’s Employment practice in Dallas

DLA Piper announced today that Kim Askew has joined the firm’s Employment practice as a partner in the Dallas office.

Askew represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as in complex commercial disputes including business torts, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements.

“Kim is widely regarded as one of the top employment and commercial litigators in Texas, and her addition to the firm bolsters our Employment team and supports our goal of bringing on partners with deep experience in handling high-profile matters of consequence, together with a strong track record of professionalism and success,” said Brian Kaplan, chair of DLA Piper’s US Employment practice and co-chair of the global Employment practice. “She has been recognised repeatedly for her accomplishments and distinguished service to the legal profession and we couldn’t be happier that Kim has chosen to join our team.”

“As we continue to expand our presence in Dallas, Kim will play a key role in allowing us to increase our service offerings and better respond to the needs of clients,” said Marc Katz, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office. “She is well-known as an involved and enthusiastic leader in the legal and business communities in Dallas, and we are thrilled to welcome her on board.”

Askew, who joins from K&L Gates, received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her B.A. from Knoxville College. She is the recipient of dozens of local, regional and national awards for her achievements and contributions, including her groundbreaking work on diversity, from organisations such as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Women’s Foundation, the American Inns of Court, Texas Lawyer, D Magazine (Dallas 500), Lawdragon 500 and Best Lawyers in America.

Bringing true mettle to complex multijurisdictional deals

Eversheds Sutherland has advised Sims Metal Management Limited (Sims) on the agreed €83.5m sale of its European compliance scheme orientated recycling operations to German-based TSR Recycling, a subsidiary of REMONDIS Group.

Sims is one of the world’s largest metal and electronics recyclers with over 250 facilities, including joint venture operations, in 18 countries.

The operations that have been sold are located in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. The deal, which is subject to competition approval by the European Commission, includes the sale of Sims’ waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) treatment facilities in Sweden, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The sale does not include Sims’ global e-recycling IT asset disposal business.

The multijurisdictional Eversheds Sutherland team was led by corporate Partner James Trevis with Principal Associate Anthony Cross (corporate, Germany) and Senior Associate Thomas Plant (corporate, UK).

The wider team included Partners Peter Harper (competition, UK), Simon Weppner (tax, Germany), David Beswick (employment, UK), Jane Southworth (EHS, UK) and Tom van Wijngaarden (corporate, Netherlands), Consultant Stephen Rose (competition, UK), Principal Associates Evy Verhaeghe (corporate, Belgium), Claire Morgan (competition, UK), Anique Bitterlich and Marieke Koster (both employment, Netherlands), Senior Associates Christian Lindner (corporate, Germany), Michael Hardiman (employment, UK), Lukas Ploesch (corporate, Austria) and Laetitia Goor (real estate, Netherlands) and Associates Jake Perryman (corporate, UK), Rachael Tattersall (EHS, UK) and Dane Stattin (corporate, Sweden).

James Trevis commented: “This was a complex, multijurisdictional deal where strong collaboration and careful project management was absolutely key. We have a long standing 20 year relationship with Sims and we’re delighted to have been able to assist on what is a notable transaction for them. We look forward to continuing to support Sims in the future.”

Josef Malik, Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Sims Metal Management Limited, commented: “This was a strategically important deal for our company and we are pleased with this outcome. The Eversheds Sutherland team was excellent, combining a comprehensive understanding of our business with first class legal advice, commercial nous and innovative solutions to ensure the very best result.”

Pinsent Masons advises HZI on its first Energy from Waste Plant

International law firm Pinsent Masons has advised HZI on the development of the A$511 million East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility in Western Australia.

The East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility Project, which will be Australia’s second ‘energy from waste’ plant (EfW), is set to go into operation by the end of 2022. Pinsent Masons is advising Swiss cleantech company Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) as developer, part-owner, co-operator and EPC joint venture contractor of the plant, which is the company’s first EfW plant in Australia.

The plant will process 300,000 tonnes of municipal and industrial waste a year to generate 28.9 MWe of energy into the grid. Construction is scheduled to begin at the beginning of January 2020.

The project was developed by a consortium consisting of HZI, New Energy Corporation and Tribe Infrastructure. The contract to design, build and commission the plant was awarded by the project shareholders to an EPC consortium formed by Acciona and HZI.

Commenting on the deal, energy and infrastructure partner, Anthony Arrow, said the project supports HZI’s reputation as a global leader in the energy from waste market. “We are pleased to have worked alongside HZI on their first project in Australia, which will bring enormous waste management benefits for the environment and at the same time generate electricity.”

“This work also demonstrates our team’s strength in the energy sector. Our focus continues to be on the changes and latest advancements in the industry, from both a global and local perspective, which is why we’re able to deliver practical legal advice to energy clients operating anywhere.”

HZI was supported by a Pinsent Masons cross-border team, with involvement across each of our Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Birmingham offices. The Australia team acting on the transaction included partner Anthony Arrow, partner George Varma, special counsel Catherine Bendeich, special counsel Katie Joukadjian, legal director Ed Kelly, associate Toby Evans, associate Cameron Reid, lawyer Susan Xu and graduate lawyers Jesse Chen, Lydia Holt and Nicola Macrow on project advisory and the EPC contract; partner Jeremy King and lawyer Shubho Mukherjee on project financing; partner Bill Ryan and lawyer Chris Zhang on risk advisory; and partner Brian Scott, associate Lucy Carter and lawyers Lisa Meyer and Ananya Mittra on corporate-related matters. Support from the UK team was led by partner Didar Dhillon.

Perella Weinberg Partners adds to their advisory team

Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) today announced that it has elected two individuals to join the firm’s partnership.

“We are excited to welcome Doug McGovern (New York) and Cyrille Perard (Paris) to the firm’s Partnership,” said Peter Weinberg, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of PWP. “They exemplify PWP’s culture of excellence – which they’ve demonstrated through hard work, dedication, commitment and an unparalleled drive to deliver for their clients, colleagues and the firm. We congratulate Cyrille and Doug on this tremendous accomplishment and look forward to their continued contributions to the firm.”

Professional Biographies:

Doug McGovern focuses on advising clients on capital structure and liability management matters.

Mr. McGovern has more than 18 years of experience. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in January of 2010, Mr. McGovern was at BPW Acquisition Corp, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) co-sponsored by Perella Weinberg Partners, from 2009 to 2010, where he helped lead the SPAC’s merger with Talbots, Inc. He was previously an associate of Brooklyn NY Holdings LLC, where he worked in the firm’s principal investing business. Prior to that, Mr. McGovern worked for Windward Capital Partners from 2002-2005. Mr. McGovern began his career as an Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mr. McGovern earned an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Duke University.

Cyrille Perard advises clients across industries in France.

Mr. Perard has more than 18 years of corporate M&A and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in 2018, Mr. Perard was Co-Head of M&A for the France, Belgium and Luxembourg Region at Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 working in its London, San Francisco and Paris Offices.

Mr. Perard holds a Masters degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.