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Ashurst advises on the establishment of Oak National Academy

International law firm Ashurst advised on the launch of Oak National Academy, a virtual school established groups of schools and The Reach Foundation to deliver education remotely to the UK during the COVID-19 crisis.

The new initiative is supported by a range of organisations including Teach First, Google and the Department for Education.

Launched on Monday 20 April, this brand-new enterprise has been created by over 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, with government grant funding to support its start up. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.

Ashurst advised Teach First and The Reach Foundation, both charitable entities to support teaching and education across the UK, on a pro bono basis on the IP and branding associated with the launch. This included advising on the availability and use of logos, trademarks, domain names and associated assets and the registration of various IP rights to ensure the protection of the brand and its associated goodwill. The team was led by IP partner David Wilkinson, associate Anouska Fabes and legal analyst manager Jessica Whitfield.

Anouska Fabes commented: “Oak National Academy is an inspiring project that demonstrates the power of collaboration during difficult times, and will provide access to valuable resources for those teachers, students and families in the UK in need of support and a helping hand. The Ashurst IP team are delighted to have worked with Teach First to contribute towards its launch.”

Ashurst Law Firm Grows Milan Private Equity Practice

Private equity is an alternative form of private financing, away from public markets, in which funds and investors directly invest in companies or engage in buyouts of such companies. Private equity firms make money by charging management and performance fees from investors in a fund.

Ashurst law firm announces the appointment of partner Fabio Niccoli to lead the private equity offering in Milan.

Ashurst is a multinational law firm headquartered in London. It has 27 offices in 15 countries apart from the United Kingdom, across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, and employs around 1600 legal advisers.

Fabio joins from CDP Equity, where he has been general counsel since 2012, having been responsible for the set-up of the entire legal structure of the business. A highly regarded and technical lawyer, Fabio has over 20 years of experience across both private practice and in-house.

Recognised in the GC Powerlist of the most influential general counsel in Italy by The Legal 500, Fabio has advised on a number of high-end private mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals, with a particular focus on the Italian mid-cap market.

He began his career at Bonelli Erede Pappalardo.

He has also worked at Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, before joining the newly-founded firm Labruna Mazziotti Segni contributing to its start-up and becoming a partner in the mergers and acquisitions and private equity practice.

Carloandrea Meacci, Milan office managing partner said: “This is a significant development for our practice in Milan – we are able to offer first-rate private equity expertise to complement our market-leading offering in all areas of infrastructure and energy mergers and acquisitions.

Fabio is an excellent practitioner with a unique background and he will play a key role in helping us realise our strategy to operate a high performing integrated European corporate mergers and acquisitions and private equity team, as well as to provide support to our existing practices.”

This appointment also demonstrates our strong commitment to the Italian market, where we have operated for 20 years.”

Ashurst advises Sydney Metro on the Waterloo Metro Quarter

International law firm Ashurst has advised Sydney Metro on their contracts with the John Holland and Mirvac joint venture on the new Waterloo Metro Quarter integrated station development.

The development will revitalise the area and better connect the community, and is made up of five building envelopes above and adjacent to the new Waterloo metro station.

Ashurst advised Sydney Metro on both the station and precinct development contracts.

Lead partner Olivia Lau commented: “Ashurst is delighted to have advised Sydney Metro on the Waterloo Metro Quarter, a project that will revitalise Waterloo and connect local communities. We are very proud to be involved in such a transformational project.”

Olivia was assisted by partner Alex Guy, counsel Melinda Harris, Ben Kipic and Sarah Southall, senior associates Susannah Lace and Andrew Higgins, and lawyers Codie Gippel, Marya Atmeh, Rhiannon Evans, Lachlan Mack, Cameron Griffiths, Joshua Lee, Chloe Kwon and Joyce Teng.

Lawyers from the firm’s tax, dispute resolution, environment and planning, and corporate teams also advised.

Ashurst appoints Global Sustainability Partner

International law firm Ashurst today announces the appointment of Anna-Marie Slot as the firm’s first Global Sustainability Partner, as part of an initiative to assist clients navigate the strategic challenges and opportunities of regional and multi-jurisdictional sustainability issues.

Dave Rome, Strategy Director in the Global Loans team, is supporting Anna-Marie with the initiative. They will work with sustainability advocates in each of the firm’s offices around the world to drive forward work on sustainability, both in terms of clients and the markets Ashurst operates in and also its own operations.

The initiative will focus on providing clients with an integrated approach to climate change risk, green finance and wider environmental issues, derived from the firm’s broad expertise on issues facing corporates, governments, financial institutions, funds and investors.

Anna-Marie Slot commented:

“Ashurst has been an active voice in the area of green finance and is a world leader in the power and renewables sector. Through our support of various sustainability-focused organisations worldwide, such as the Climate Bond Initiative, Ashurst has played a key role in this rapidly evolving area. And we are intending to leverage this expertise and focus to the benefit of all of our clients. I am really looking forward to working with Dave and the entire Ashurst community to accelerate our clients and our own approach to this strategically critical issue.”

Dave Rome added:

“As global climate change continues to advance at rapid levels, corporate sustainability has become even more critical. This initiative will draw together our expertise across practices and jurisdictions to assist our clients as they address the challenges of sustainability.”

Anna-Marie Slot has 20 years’ experience in finance across the US, Europe and Asia. She is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, as well as being named one of the world’s top 300 female transactional lawyers in banking and capital markets by IFLR1000 Women leaders in 2018 and 2019.

Dave Rome has over 31 years of experience in the finance and banking industry, having previously spent 28 years in corporate banking with NatWest/RBS, working across the UK and Europe as well as in Asia. He held a number of senior relationship management positions within the bank, before latterly heading up its market-leading syndicated loan business.