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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.

Michael Davison nominated as Hogan Lovells Deputy CEO

Hogan Lovells CEO-select Miguel Zaldivar has nominated, with the Board’s full support and unanimous approval, London-based litigation partner Michael Davison as the firm’s proposed Deputy CEO from 1 July 2020.

An international arbitration lawyer by background, Michael is qualified in England, France and the Republic of Ireland. He currently heads our Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice and is involved in the TMT and ENRG industry groups. His clients include AES, Koch and Transocean. Michael has been described by The Legal 500 as “undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe” and by Chambers as “absolutely brilliant.”

Michael has been a member of the International Management Committee since 2013 and, alongside his client and management commitments, he has been a major supporter of and contributor to the firm’s pro bono work and diversity and inclusion commitments. He has a strong interest in the use of technology including AI to support our clients and is leading a number of projects in this area.

According to Hogan Lovells’ Chair, Leopold von Gerlach: “The Board is unanimous in supporting Miguel’s choice and is very pleased that Michael has agreed to bring his leadership experience and capabilities to the role of Deputy CEO. He has a very strong track record as a long-serving practice group leader and is well positioned throughout the firm to take on the role.”

Commenting on the nomination, Michael Davison says: “Miguel has a very clear sense of where he wants to take the firm with a sharp focus on client service, investment in our key markets, incentivizing collaboration across the partnership, managing our profitability and supporting diversity & inclusion. He and I share this thinking and I am looking forward to working with him.”

The recommendation of Miguel Zaldivar to become the firm’s CEO is subject to a confirmation vote by partners, the results of which are expected to be announced later in December. His appointment would make him the only current Amlaw 50 law firm leader of Hispanic American origin. Michael Davison’s appointment as Deputy CEO is conditional on Miguel Zaldivar’s appointment being agreed by the partnership.

Fox Williams boosts practice with appointment of new partner

Fox Williams has today announced that Dearbhla Quigley, a corporate lawyer specialising in equity capital markets, M&A and private fundraisings, has joined the City law firm as Partner. Dearbhla joins from Watson Farley & Williams, where she was Partner.

Dearbhla advises both public and private companies and has significant experience working on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including initial and secondary offerings on the AIM market, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and joint ventures.

Paul Osborne, Senior Partner at Fox Williams commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Dearbhla to Fox Williams. Her experience and capabilities are a boost to our corporate offering and client base, including AIM market companies. Dearbhla is a valuable addition to the firm.”

Previously recognised as one of The Lawyer’s “UK Hot 100 Lawyers” and recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500, Dearbhla has extensive experience advising clients in the mining, oil & gas and renewable energy sectors. She also advises early stage businesses in the technology sector, as well as companies with interests in real estate.

“Dearbhla is a highly regarded and energetic partner with an excellent reputation in the AIM market. Her deep knowledge of the natural resources and renewable energy sectors and increasing experience in the technology sector provide additional strength and depth to our team,” said Richie Clark, Partner and Head of Corporate at Fox Williams.

Dearbhla Quigley commented: “I am delighted to have joined Fox Williams. The firm’s reputation for high quality corporate work across a range of sectors brings with it a host of opportunities and I look forward to developing my career further as a member of this ambitious and well-regarded team.”

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP recognised by Best Lawyers®

Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, has been named “Immigration Law Firm of the Year” by US News – Best Lawyers®. Only one law firm per legal practice area receives this recognition, making the award a significant achievement. BAL has also received a First Tier ranking in Houston, San Francisco and Washington, DC by Best Lawyers®.

The award caps a tremendous milestone year for the firm:

  • Opening of a 60-person office in mid-town Manhattan.
  • Establishing an unprecedented strategic alliance with Deloitte UK that combines the best of Deloitte’s scale, expertise and breadth outside of the US with BAL’s unparalleled legal expertise and high quality immigration services in the US.
  • Launching a large-scale Center of Excellence in Richardson, Texas to support over 600 cross-functional professionals including attorneys, legal and operational staff, as well as expansions of offices in Boston, Houston, McLean, Va. and Walnut Creek, Ca.
  • Unveiling of the industry’s first mobile immigration app, enabling anytime, anywhere case management across Android and iOS devices. The app is a component of Cobalt® the firm’s innovative digital immigration platform.

Commenting on the award, Managing Partner Jeremy Fudge stated, “This has been another extraordinary year for BAL. We have been quietly leading the industry for several years now and are honoured to receive the US News – Best Lawyers® ”Law Firm of the Year’ in immigration.”

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers® “Law Firm of the Year” awards are country and practice area specific. They are determined based on a handful of factors, including: feedback from lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers® on individual lawyer and firm-wide work, the size and coverage of the firm in a specific practice area, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards in this area, and research surrounding the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

BAL is singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and enable clients to be more successful. Established in 1980, the firm provides immigration expertise, top-notch information security and leading technology innovation like its Cobalt® digital immigration services platform. In 2018, the firm formed a strategic alliance with Deloitte UK to create the world’s first global immigration service delivery model. BAL and its leaders are highly ranked in every major legal publication, including Best Lawyers, Chambers, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal. For more information about Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, please visit: http://www.balglobal.com/