Richard Lewis and Emily Reid featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list

Hogan Lovells litigation partner, Richard Lewis, and Head of Financial Services, Emily Reid, are featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list, published today.

The prestigious list from leading UK legal magazine The Lawyer celebrates the most innovative and creative lawyers in the UK from private practice, in-house and the Bar.

Richard Lewis was recognised by The Lawyer for his work on complex CIS-related matters such as his ongoing work on the PrivatBank case against its former owners Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov. He has also recently picked up a major new mandate in the Kazakhstan Kagazy litigation.

The Lawyer commented: “In the UK legal market, Hogan Lovells litigation partner Richard Lewis is the go-to guy for complex CIS-related matters.”

Emily Reid heads the Hogan Lovells Financial Services practice and leads the Banking, Lending and Payments practice. Innovation has always been a significant part of Emily’s practice from her ground-breaking work on the UK’s first ever debit card to advising Zopa, the world’s first peer-to peer lender and challengers, such as Curve, on bringing their ground breaking products to market.

The Lawyer commented: “In the tech community, Reid is a fairy godmother for early-stage companies, leading a mentoring programme that each year provides 10 fintech-focused start-ups with £25,000 worth of free legal advice. In 2020, she will capitalise on that knowledge by encapsulating it into chatbots that will answer client queries automatically 24/7.”

Richard and Emily commented: “It is a privilege to be considered among the best lawyers in the UK. We are both delighted with today’s recognition.”

South African and Kenyan law firms added to CMS’s global presence

CMS announces that RM Partners and Daly & Inamdar Advocates, based in South Africa and Kenya respectively, have today joined the leading global law firm. Going forward, they will be known as CMS RM Partners and CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates.

The addition of these firms considerably strengthens CMS’s presence in Africa, already encompassing Angola, Algeria and Morocco. For over 50 years, CMS has developed a track record of significant deals in Africa, showcasing its deep knowledge of the legal systems across the continent. CMS now has 75 offices in 43 countries and more than 4,800 lawyers worldwide.

Duncan Weston, Executive Partner, CMS said, “Our clients see Africa as a major growth opportunity, and many are looking to expand into key markets on the continent. South Africa and Kenya are both sizable economies, but they’re also gateways into other sub-Saharan markets. RM Partners and Daly & Inamdar Advocates have outstanding reputations thanks to their local market knowledge and the overall quality of service they provide to clients.”

With this expansion, CMS is unveiling a dedicated organisation that brings together our African firms and experts in a unique model and aligned practices to provide our clients with the best support in Africa. CMS Africa has a presence in the most dynamic regional hubs – Casablanca, Johannesburg and Nairobi – providing us with a strong footprint, sustained by offices in Algiers, Luanda and Mombasa. CMS Africa offers the ideal alternative for tax and legal services in Africa, a position that is being reinforced through the addition of the new firms.

CMS RM Partners

CMS RM Partners specialises in providing practical and innovative legal, tax and transaction advisory services. It is committed to developing young African talent and is accredited as a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Level 1 law firm. Founded by senior lawyers with exceptional track records from top international and local firms, the firm is based in Johannesburg and comprises more than 20 lawyers. Its clients include local private and public institutions, listed companies and numerous global enterprises.

Riza Moosa, Founder and Director at CMS RM Partners, said, “We are on a journey to transform and modernise the South African legal market, but we also recognise the importance of an African and international footprint. Joining CMS is the right step for our firm because they recognise the importance of growing an African business from Africa, and have a clear, regionally-focused growth plan for Africa which aligns with our own strategies.”

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates

CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates is one of the top-ranking law firms in Kenya. It was formed via the merger of two of Kenya’s oldest law firms and comprises more than 35 lawyers working out of offices in Nairobi and Mombasa. The firm’s partners have handled numerous ground-breaking commercial transactions and contentious civil disputes.

Hamish Keith, Senior and Managing Partner at CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates, said, “Kenya is East and Central Africa’s epicentre of tech innovation and its economic expansion has been supported by a government that is committed to implementing business reforms. Our decision to join CMS follows a period of close collaboration on client work and a shared commitment to service. This will only deepen as Kenya becomes increasingly attractive as a destination for foreign investment.”

Pierre-Sébastien Thill, Chairman, CMS, said, “This is an exciting time in the development of CMS. Our clients have a global mindset, and when they come to CMS, they need to know that they can access quality advice and service delivery in every major jurisdiction. One of our primary objectives for the next four years is to further grow our geographical reach. This is a significant expansion in our journey to becoming a genuinely global law firm.”

Hogan Lovells offers key insight on global laws in new guide

Hogan Lovells’ global antitrust and competition team have partnered with Global Competition Review to create GCR’s recently published Private Litigation Guide.

The guide examines the leading issues of the day for antitrust and competition litigation, including answers to pressing questions focused on 13 different countries, allowing the reader to easily compare issues across various jurisdictions.

“Litigating antitrust or competition claims has become a global matter, requiring coordination across jurisdictions. Counsel and their clients increasingly need to understand litigation rules and procedures in a variety of countries and the differing ways courts may approach key issues,” said partners Nicholas Heaton and Benjamin Holt, who served as editors for the guide. “The landscape is continuing to evolve at a rapid pace.”

In addition to Heaton and Holt serving as editors for the guide, 10 Hogan Lovells lawyers and one law clerk authored country-specific chapters.

They include:

  • England & Wales (Heaton and counsel Paul Chaplin)
  • Germany (Partner Kim Lars Mehrbrey, counsel Lisa Hofmeister, and senior associate Sophia Jaeger)
  • Mexico (Partner Omar Guerrero Rodriguez, associate Martin Michaus Fernández, and law clerk Ana Paula Zorilla)
  • Netherlands (Partner Klaas Bisschop and senior associate Sanne Bouwers)
  • United States (Holt)

With a team of 135 lawyers in 17 countries, alongside its focus on antitrust and competition litigation, Hogan Lovells’ antitrust team assists clients with multinational mergers and joint ventures; cartel, abuse of dominance, and restrictive practice cases; and other investigations. Our antitrust, competition, and economic regulation practice offers practical support and advice, as well as government agency insight, as our lawyers have worked at the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the UK competition authority.

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.”

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

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.