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Dentons recognised as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

Dentons is proud to be recognised as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for five consecutive years. The firm continues to work with our environmental champions across our Canada platform to build a culture of environmental awareness, enhancing how we affect change.

Canada’s Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organised by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, designed to celebrate organisations who have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives.

“We are excited about the significant steps forward we have made as one of Canada’s green employers,” said John Esvelt, Chief Risk Officer. “Our people are passionate about environmental sustainability, and we’re proud of our collective efforts over the past five years to reduce our footprint across a number of processes throughout the firm.”

Dentons continues to identify innovative opportunities and promote wellness through eco-conscious programs to support the Firm’s shared value of minimising our environmental impact across our offices and within our communities. Recently, the firm moved to fully digital pay statement distribution system, removing the need to print pay statements for all 1300+ team members across Dentons Canada, reducing our carbon footprint. Here are some other ways Dentons is making our planet a little greener:

  • Eliminated our daily overnight interoffice mail services moving from daily deliveries to twice a week across Canada, reducing our environmental footprint by 60 percent
  • Equipping our team members with technology and replacing paper-driven processes with technology enabled solutions to increase efficiency and minimise paper consumption
  • Providing internal learning sessions on the merits of plant-based eating from a certified Plant Based Nutrition expert
  • Supporting a local packaging-free grocery store as part of the Vancouver Safety, Workplace Improvement, Sustainability and Health (SWISH) committee’s environmental wellbeing series

For more information on this award, visit Canada’s Greenest Employers.

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women, and in particular those working at our firm. The theme for 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge,’ a reminder that we all can and should choose to call out gender bias and inequality to create an inclusive world.

Women are not a homogenous group; they are diverse by nature of their backgrounds, their life experiences, their abilities, perspectives and opinions, and International Women’s Day is about celebrating inclusion of women in its truest sense.

We have much to celebrate in our global firm – we have remarkable women doing notable work throughout the world. In January 2021, we became the first ‘Am Law 200’ firm to name a woman of color, Shauna Clark, as both our Global and US Chair. Recently, Shauna spoke with women leaders of the firm to get their views on the challenges that women face today, including discrimination and micro-aggression in the workplace and the perceptions of female leadership during a pandemic.

“Discrimination is much less overt now, it’s subconscious in many ways and I think that makes it more challenging to overcome,” said Alison Deitz, Managing Partner, Australia. “We, as female leaders, need to be very aware of that and ensure we can overcome it, whether by unconscious bias training or actively putting in place metrics for gender pay equity, to ensure that we’re not discriminating in any shape or form.”

“We’re getting to the point now where gender discrimination is more systemic, so it’s around the actual structures themselves and who is at the table making the decisions and the transparency around that, which is different to what was more bold and in your face in the past,” echoed Angela Tancock, Chief Strategy Officer, Canada.

The reality, then, is that women still are fighting not just for a place at the table – but to be listened to when they get a seat there.

“As a woman I get penalised for my tenacity and for being direct,” explained Natasha Moore, Head of Learning and Development, Europe, Middle East and Asia. “Women are often invited to the party, but we’re not invited to dance.”

One issue that remains is that women who are assertive are sometimes painted in a negative light, which can make them reluctant to display their full confidence or potential.

“In the context of the work place, many women wait until they are 100 percent ready to take up a challenge, whereas our male counterparts would not do that, and what I say to women is – you go the extra mile, not because you are a woman but because you will find very few people in that space, and that is your place to make your mark in, in whatever way you choose to,” said Marelise van der Westhuizen, CEO, South Africa.

“Women who are seen as go-getters can be judged more harshly and we don’t just see that in professional organisations, but in the wider world too,” added Farmida Bi, EMEA Chair. “Women politicians, for example, are held to a different standard. However, the thing I’ve found most interesting about the current pandemic is the discussion around whether female leaders in countries like New Zealand or South Korea have proved to be more successful because they are leading in a different, better way.”

“When I started, I didn’t have the courage to be my authentic self and I became very adept at shifting my personality to make those around me more comfortable, and it was just another weight that I carried, in addition to being black and a woman and young in a male-dominated environment,” Shauna said.

Combatting the issue requires raising issues of disrespect, implicit bias and micro-aggression when we see it, in order to seek to correct and improve it, Shauna said.

“The conversation needs to be about resilience and being human and correcting mistakes,” Shauna said.

“There are both the implicit bias issues that people have – I have them, we all have them – sometimes there are also biases that we hold ourselves to,” added Gina Shishima, Chief Strategy and Operations Partner, United States. “I also think it’s not the best thing to focus on; if I have to say it again, I’ll say it again. I think trying to be cognisant of it is key, but I try to focus on being effective.”

Read more about our diversity and inclusion efforts, including how we strive to achieve gender balance.

Celebrating five consecutive years as one of BC’s Top Employers

Dentons has been recognised as one of BC’s Top Employers for the fifth consecutive year, reinforcing its status as an employer of choice for exceptional talent. Dentons is proud to have created an environment where its people can develop new skills, create a unique career path, explore and be supported in leadership opportunities, and collaborate with team members across its global platform, in addition to having a positive impact in local communities.

BC’s Top Employers is an annual competition organised by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognises British Columbia employers who lead their industries in offering outstanding places to work.

“Being recognised as one of BC’s Top Employers for five consecutive years is a huge accomplishment. Our continued success is a result of the commitment, enthusiasm and support for each of our team members,” said John Sandrelli, managing partner of Dentons’ Vancouver office. “We are proud to celebrate 40 years of being a part of the Vancouver community. Providing exceptional client service, taking action to improve our communities and supporting the success of both global clients and local businesses is what makes Dentons a great place to grow a career.”

The focus on its people is just one of the ways that Dentons is doing things differently. The diverse and unique strengths of Dentons’ exceptional talent help define its forward-thinking and inclusive culture. Here are some of the ways Dentons has come together to build the law firm of the future in Vancouver:

  • Participate in a number of activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including the Rotary Club of Vancouver Bike-A-Thon, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Lawn Bowling, the annual Sun Run and a Healthy Habits Walking Club.
  • Help lead the fight for justice, opportunity and equality in our communities through pro bono and philanthropic commitments, including a week-long campaign in support of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and pro bono services to the Vancouver Pride Society, assisting with the transition of their annual Pride Parade to VanVirtualPride, an online week-long celebration due to COVID-19.
  • Take time to celebrate success and recognise accomplishments as one team through team celebrations, social events and barbeques.
  • Advance shared commitment of building an inclusive firm by developing diverse learning programs and community-focused initiatives, such as an Indigenous business student summer placement program in collaboration with a client.
  • Foster an eco-conscious environment that promotes wellness though sustainable practices in the workplace through its grassroots Workplace Improvement Sustainability and Health (WISH) Committee, like working with local restaurants to enable Dentons’ people to use reusable containers in lieu of using paper, Styrofoam or plastic to-go lunch boxes.

To learn more about our Vancouver office, career opportunities and how we are connecting BC to the world, visit our Dentons – Vancouver page.

Norton Rose advises consortium of banks on $500m bond issuance

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Dubai (DIFC) Branch, J.P. Morgan Securities plc and Société Générale as joint lead managers on a US$500 million bond issuance by Emirates NBD Bank PJSC.

The notes are due February 2025 and were issued off Emirates NBD Bank PJSC’s $12,500,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme, which was updated in July 2019 and on which Norton Rose Fulbright also advised.

The Dubai-based Norton Rose Fulbright team was led by head of debt capital markets for the Middle East, Gregory Man, with assistance from senior associate, Ganna Vlasenko.

Gregory Man commented: “We are proud to have been involved in this transaction. This deal builds on Norton Rose Fulbright’s track record of advising on notable bond transactions in the region and once again provided us with the opportunity to represent many of our leading financial institutions clients.”

About Norton Rose Fulbright

We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3,700 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.

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Norton Rose names Andrew Robinson as its new Global Chair

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright today announced that Andrew Robinson has become its Global Chair, effective January 1, 2020.

Andrew is also the firm’s South African Chair and, until recently, the head of its Cape Town office. He has practiced transport law for more than 30 years and has a diverse practice which encompasses both the commercial and litigation aspects of transport and logistics, including: shipping, rail, claims recovery, admiralty, marine insurance, charterparty, oil and gas, international trade, maritime casualty response, subrogated recoveries and marine environmental law. In that time, he has been involved in some of the largest and most complex shipping litigation matters on behalf of both local and foreign clients.

The Global Chair position is for a period of one year. Andrew takes over from Walied Soliman, whose term as Global Chair expired by rotation on December 31, 2019. Walied continues as Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright in Canada.

Peter Martyr, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive, said: “The appointment of Andrew Robinson to the role of Global Chair for Norton Rose Fulbright demonstrates the importance of our African business to the development of the global firm.

In addition, Andrew is an internationally recognised leader in shipping and marine insurance, and this experience will be invaluable as we look to grow our transport practice this year.

I would like to thank Andrew’s predecessor, Walied Soliman, for his contribution to the firm during his year as Global Chair.”

Andrew Robinson, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chair, said: “I am honoured to be appointed to the Global Chair role. The firm has ambitious and exciting plans for this year, and I look forward to playing an active role in the delivery of these.”

Bitbuy and Cred launch High-Yield Crypto lending platform

Bitbuy, one of Canada’s leading cryptocurrency trading platforms, and Cred, a licensed San Francisco based leader in cryptocurrency lending and borrowing, today announced a strategic partnership that will accelerate the growth of the cryptocurrency economy and open finance in Canada.

Through this partnership, Bitbuy will become the first Canadian cryptocurrency trading platform to allow their users to earn interest on their cryptocurrency holdings. Canadians that hold Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, among others, will be eligible to earn up to 10% annualised interest on their holdings through a trusted and dependable provider.

“Enabling Canadians to earn from cryptocurrency is a natural step for Bitbuy. Identifying an experienced partner with an existing protocol in Cred allows us to expedite this process. We’re excited to instantly provide Canadians with this service offering,” said Adam Goldman, Bitbuy president, and founder.

The offering will be made available immediately through a co-branded microsite, with plans to develop a fully customised integrated solution in early 2020. No account minimums will be required, and interest will be paid every three months. Each initial term will be for six months, with the ability to roll over the cryptocurrency assets.

“It’s great to add Canada to the 179 countries we serve, and we’re excited that we found the right partner in Bitbuy to help Canadians earn money on their cryptocurrency simply by loaning it out,” said Dan Schatt, co-founder, and president of Cred.

The partnership comes as savings, lending and earning have emerged as some of the most popular new offerings within the cryptocurrency industry worldwide.

“There is an increasing number of Canadians who own cryptocurrencies and plan to hold these assets for the long-term. Lending will allow them to keep their assets safe while earning interest. Why not earn money while you HODL?” said Goldman.

Cred, founded by former executives of PayPal and Goldman Sachs, has taken numerous steps to ensure that its investments are always secure and fully compliant. The company, which has secured more than $300 million in lending capital, has implemented the industry’s most comprehensive set of risk management, information security, and insurance protection.

“At the end of the day, people should trust what happens in the world of cryptocurrency as much, if not more, as they do in the world of fiat,” Schatt said. “That’s why we’ve spent a lot of time and effort making sure your investments are safe with us.”

Bitbuy and Cred are equally committed to ensuring that Canadians have easy access to industry-leading products and services. As the cryptocurrency economy continues to evolve, the two companies plan to collaborate on more initiatives and offerings.