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Pinsent Masons grows its Financial Services offering in Dubai

Multinational law firm, Pinsent Masons, has appointed Banking & Finance partner Matthew Escritt to lead the firm’s Banking & Finance practice in the Middle East, based in Dubai.

Matthew joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he has been for the past 19 years, with the past eight spent as partner in the banking and finance team. During this time he has worked in London, Moscow, Bahrain, Singapore and Dubai.

Matthew is a banking and finance specialist, advising on all areas of structured cross border finance, including syndicated lending acquisition, development finance, asset finance, vendor finance, and structured trade and commodity finance. He is familiar with both conventional and Islamic finance funding structures. He also advises on financial restructuring and insolvency mandates. Based in Dubai, he will be leading the Banking & Finance practice in the Middle East (within the Finance & Projects group) and will focus primarily on clients in the Financial Services sector.

Commenting on Matthew’s appointment, Michael Watson, head of the Finance & Projects group at Pinsent Masons said: “Matthew’s reputation precedes him and we look forward to welcoming him as head of our banking and finance practice in Dubai. His experience and expertise will greatly strengthen the practice, enabling them to deepen relationships with existing clients as well as developing new ones. His appointment is another fantastic addition to our growing international capabilities.”

Alexis Roberts, head of the Financial Services sector at Pinsent Masons added: “Matthew’s appointment is a pivotal one in increasing our financing bench strength and will enable us to better support our clients within the Financial Services sector. His breadth of experience and the clients that he’s worked with will allow us to grow our offering across the sector. We greatly look forward to him joining the team.”

Matthew Escritt, head of Banking and Finance in the Middle East added: “I am excited to have been given the opportunity to lead Pinsent Masons’ Banking & Finance practice in the region and to be part of an international team tasked with growing a strategically important practice area to complement the firm’s existing strengths. It will also ensure that we are able to provide vital, full-service support to our clients as they navigate today’s challenging business environment. Given the diverse talents of the individuals involved and the well-known strengths of the existing practice I am confident that we are well placed to achieve our goals.”

Adding to the growing multinational Finance & Projects group, Matthew’s appointment follows that of Anthony Morton in Frankfurt, James Harris in Asia, Jim Hunwick in Sydney and Eran Chivka in Paris.

Pinsent Masons announces new partnership with World Athletics

Pinsent Masons yesterday announced its appointment by World Athletics as their first official supplier of legal services. The appointment was made after a detailed tender process and is for the next four years.

Drawing on their multinational network of over 100 specialist professionals within their business of sport advisory group, Pinsent Masons will provide legal support, advice and strategic guidance to World Athletics on a global basis. The scope of areas covered will include regulatory and governance, commercial rights, negotiation and arbitration, intellectual property, insurance, employment, brand protection, dispute resolution and technology.

“Our world is changing rapidly, even more so with the current pandemic, and we need nimble and forward-thinking partners to help us make the most of the opportunities this will present.” ~ Sebastian Coe, World Athletics President 

The firm will also provide a full range of legal support around World Athletics’ major events and deliver guidance and training to assist the sport’s administrators around the world.

Commenting on the partnership Sebastian Coe, World Athletics President said: “In many ways, this agreement represents our ambitions for our sport as a global powerhouse. We will need Pinsent’ skillset in a number of areas as we build athletics around the world and I’m delighted that they also see the value in this relationship. Our world is changing rapidly, even more so with the current pandemic, and we need nimble and forward-thinking partners to help us make the most of the opportunities this will present. Like us, they see innovation as a key component of success.

“Their global presence will allow us to access their services wherever we are, which is particularly useful for an organisation with 214 Member Federations and major events staged across the world, and their expertise will help us to maintain world best practice in our governance and commercial relationships.”

Head of Sports at Pinsent Masons, Trevor Watkins said: “We are thrilled to have won this appointment and very much look forward to an exciting and dynamic partnership with World Athletics. It’s a tremendous achievement for our team to have been chosen and, after such a competitive process, is recognition of the global strength and expertise of our specialist lawyers.

“We believe we have a strong synergy with World Athletics in its desire to be the best example of a well governed sports federations, particularly in areas of governance, regulation, integrity and innovation. That message really rings true to us as a firm that embraces innovation, technology and strategic thinking. We’ve had a tremendous response from our multinational network of offices to the prospect of this agreement and the opportunity to work with a sport that our team finds inspirational on many levels. Many of the team are members of running clubs and participate as volunteers within sport and this partnership will allow them to combine their existing passion for the sport and their professional expertise.”

Clifford Chance adds Sharis Pozen to Wider Leadership Group

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has today announced that Sharis Pozen has joined the firm’s global leadership team.

Pozen is is the co-head of the firm’s global Antitrust group. She has extensive experience in both government and private practice. Over the course of her career, Pozen has held senior positions at General Electric, the US Department of Justice and the US Federal Trade Commission. She joined the firm as partner in May 2019.

Pozen now sits on Clifford Chance’s Wider Leadership Group (WLG) which includes the heads of the firm’s global practice areas, as well as the members of the firm’s Executive Leadership Group (ELG), Clifford Chance’s top strategic decision-making body.

Matthew Layton, Clifford Chance Managing Partner offers, “Given Sharis’ exceptional legal skills and broad leadership experience, we’re excited to bring her perspectives to our leadership group as we execute our strategy and plan for the future. With her addition, we continue to see the diversity of this group grow. Such variety of voices and perspectives only strengthens our firm, and this is equally true at leadership level. I very much look forward to collaborating with Sharis over the coming years.”

The WLG undertakes two formal reviews of the firm’s strategy each year. Pozen will join these meetings, as well as other relevant ELG sessions, including those hosted by the Americas. She will serve a term of two years.

Pozen has also been appointed to Clifford Chance’s Americas Management Committee, which is responsible for strategic and business planning, operational performance and financial management of the firm in the Americas region.

Dentons names Michael Zolandz to head its Washington DC office

Dentons has announced the appointment of Michael Zolandz as managing partner of its Washington DC office. Zolandz chairs Dentons’ Federal Regulatory and Compliance practice, and is a key leader in the firm’s Global Public Policy and Regulation and Government practices. He has focused on creative solutions to clients’ most challenging regulatory and commercial issues. His practice has focused on cross-border commerce, including regulatory investigations, trade and export controls, and anti-corruption due diligence.

Zolandz also advises clients on cross-border transactions and regulations related to international commerce, including inbound foreign investment reviews under the jurisdiction of CFIUS. He has developed and enhanced compliance programs and conducted regulatory investigations and remediation of trade control and anti-corruption matters for many of the Firm’s largest clients, as well multinational companies across industry sectors throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and US.

“Mike is an outstanding lawyer and strong leader whose collaborative team-oriented approach to client service will be a tremendous asset to our strategy in the Washington, DC market and serve as a model to the lawyers in that office,” said Mike McNamara, Chief Executive Officer of Dentons US. “DC is a key office in the US region, and the exceptional lawyers here are working on some of the most complex and exciting projects of the Firm. Mike is a highly-regarded leader inside the Firm and in the global legal community, and under his guidance the office will continue to flourish.”

Zolandz has also counseled on campaign finance and ethics law, lobbying disclosure requirements and pay-to-play restrictions, including the formation and management of federal and state political action committees, Securities and Exchange Commission and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board rules related to investment advisors, and compliance programs for both lobbying disclosure and political activity. His experience also includes advising and counseling US technology developers and software companies, a Global 500 insurance company, leading financial institutions, an international cellular conglomerate, Indian and Chinese corporations, and a multinational energy company.

A prolific writer he has written articles for Law360, Global Trade, WorldECR Report and Westlaw Journal. He has also given presentations for the American Bar Association, the Economic Sanctions and Financial Crime Forum (London), the Annual CLE Seminar for In-House Counsel and Thomson Reuters Accelus. Zolandz earned his JD and BA from George Washington University, with high honors and cum laude, respectively.

Eversheds appoints Rachel Broquard as Service Excellence Partner

Eversheds Sutherland announces the appointment of Rachel Broquard, a partner in its Corporate group, to the newly created role of Service Excellence Partner, effective from 1 April 2020.

This new role is an evolution of that previously held by Andrew McManus, who led the firm’s Client Technology and Innovation team. The new role will incorporate and more holistic approach to client service.

Client-facing technology will be a key part of Rachel’s responsibilities, but with a broader remit to include client service excellence, legal project management and knowledge in the client context. She will also lead on the firm’s innovation agenda.

Rachel has an outstanding track-record in cross-border M&A transactions and forging major client relationships, fulfilling the role of Client or Deputy Client Partner for a number of the firm’s key clients. She has long combined front line transactional work with a passion for innovative client service solutions, often with a technology angle, and has been instrumental in developing a number of Eversheds Sutherland’s client technology offerings including the firm’s flagship M&A project management tool, Dealmaster.

Keith Froud, Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (International) comments: “This is a significant appointment for the firm and I am delighted that Rachel has accepted the position. Taking our approach to service excellence to another level is a strategic priority for us in the coming period, and Rachel has a fantastic track record in this area. She has a long history of delivering innovative, high quality solutions for clients and will make a huge contribution in her new role.”

Rachel Broquard, Service Excellence Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (International) comments: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role – a first for Eversheds Sutherland – with a focus on service excellence, and am looking forward to close collaboration with our clients and many colleagues across the firm.”

Eversheds Sutherland reappointed to Welsh Water legal panel

Eversheds Sutherland has been reappointed to Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig’s (DCC), or Welsh Water’s, legal panel.

Welsh Water is a ‘not-for-profit company’ which has been owned by Glas Cymru since 2001. The fourth largest company in Wales, it supplies 1.4m homes and businesses.

Eversheds Sutherland has been awarded six contracts in employment and pensions, corporate and commercial, data protection, construction, competition, and health and safety.

The global legal practice is one of ten firms to have secured a place on the slimmed-down legal panel.

The contracts are initially for five years, with the opportunity to extend for a further two years.

The Eversheds Sutherland team was led by employment Partner Anthony Rees and construction Partner, Alison Short.

Anthony Rees, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured a reappointment to DCC’s legal panel. We have enjoyed building a longstanding, trusted relationship with DCC over a number of years, and the additional contracts that we’ve been awarded in data protection, health and safety and corporate are testament to that. We look forward to continuing our work with them.”

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