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DLA Piper announces promotions in Luxembourg

DLA Piper is pleased to announce a new round of promotions in Luxembourg. Once again the range of practice areas in which we have promoted our lawyers demonstrates the continued commitment to grow our pool of talents, further strengthen our Luxembourg office and reflects the diversity of expertise and talents within DLA Piper Luxembourg.

The newly promoted lawyers, effective as of 1 May 2021, are:

  • Emre Akan (Senior Associate, Tax);
  • Bahya Bouharati (Senior Associate, Investment Funds);
  • Jordan Reinert (Senior Associate, Corporate);
  • Yann Zellet (Senior Associate, Finance and Projects).

DLA Piper’s Country Managing Partner in Luxembourg, Catherine Pogorzelski, commented: “I would like to congratulate Emre, Bahya, Jordan and Yann on their promotions and thank them for their hard work, dedication and for promoting a collaborative attitude which sits at the core of our purpose and values. These promotions demonstrate our commitment to develop the capability of our people and help them fulfil their potential. We have ambitious plans for the future. I look forward to further growing our team of dynamic and diverse lawyers with strong sector expertise and entrepreneurial mindset which are key to build sustainable partnerships with our clients and DLA Piper global network and create long-lasting value and impact.”

These promotions come in addition to the partner promotion of Caroline Pimpaud in Investment Funds practice.

DLA Piper advises Cofense in acquisition of Cyberfish

DLA Piper represented Cofense, the leading provider of phishing detection and response (PDR) solutions, in its recent acquisition of Cyberfish, a provider of next-generation phishing protection powered by Computer Vision and advanced machine learning technology.

By integrating innovative machine learning capabilities from Cyberfish with Cofense’s detection and response technology, Cofense will bring to market a holistic, advanced automation solution for email protection, detection and response.

“We were thrilled to partner with Cofense, bringing our extensive cybersecurity and technology sector M&A experience to advise on its acquisition of Cyberfish,” said Marc Samuel, the DLA Piper partner who led the deal team. “This successful transaction will enable Cofense to continue developing transformative solutions to address issues of phishing and email security through advanced artificial intelligence and automation.”

In addition to Samuel (Washington, DC), the DLA Piper deal team was led by Shirley Qin (Washington, DC).

With more than 1000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex cross-border transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for 11 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket.

Product liability team led by Jayme Long joins DLA Piper in Los Angeles

DLA Piper announced today that Jayme Long has joined the firm’s Litigation and Regulatory practice as a partner based in Los Angeles.

Long is a first-chair trial lawyer who defends companies faced with complex litigation matters in a broad array of areas, including product liability, premises liability, mass torts and commercial litigation. She represents companies in the energy, chemical, manufacturing, safety and maritime industries in state and federal courts across the country. In addition to Long, of counsel and certified appellate specialist Justin Sarno and associates Stephanie Peatman and Alexander Giraldo have also joined the Litigation and Regulatory practice in Los Angeles, along with paralegal Hannah Ali and trial assistant David Mitchell.

“Jayme is a deeply experienced trial attorney with an incredible range, demonstrated by a strong understanding of scientific and complex legal issues and an excellent track record in the courtroom. She and her team will add significant value and depth to our capabilities, allowing us to better serve the needs of companies operating in a wide range of sectors,” said James Brogan, US chair and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Litigation and Regulatory practice.

“I have followed the growth of Jayme’s practice for years and am very excited that she is joining DLA Piper. She and her team complement and expand our product liability and commercial disputes offerings on the West Coast, and her addition demonstrates our continued dedication to growing our presence in Southern California,” said Angela Agrusa, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles offices.

Long joins from Dentons US LLP. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law and her B.S. from San Diego State University.

Kim Askew named a Leader in Diversity by the Dallas Business Journal

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that Kim Askew, a partner in the firm’s Employment practice, was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s inaugural Leaders in Diversity list honouring “organisations and individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

Askew has received numerous awards throughout her career as a result of her legal practice and her efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, including the inaugural Dallas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, which was named after her and recognises a Dallas Bar Association member who is dedicated to good work and positive relations with lawyers, the judiciary and the community, and the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award, which recognises contributions to diversity in the legal profession. Askew serves as the local Diversity and Inclusion chair for DLA Piper’s Dallas office. She has moderated firmwide webinars focusing on racial equality, allyship and social justice, and she sits on the board of the National Women’s Law Center, a non-profit that advocates for women’s rights through litigation and policy initiatives.

In her practice, Askew represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as in litigation involving business torts, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements. She has successfully tried cases to jury and non-jury verdicts in state and federal courts across the US and has handled appeals before federal and Texas appellate courts.

Jay Williams joins DLA Piper’s Structured Finance practice in New York

DLA Piper announced today that Jay Williams has joined the firm as a partner in its Structured Finance practice, based in New York.

Williams represents issuers, underwriters, investors and other market participants in a wide variety of structured finance transactions – including CLOs; secured lending facilities backed by loans, CRE assets and other asset classes; re-securitisations; and synthetic securitisations – as well as swaps, derivatives and repurchase agreements. He has extensive experience with regulatory capital relief transactions and other types of synthetic risk transfers and also advises private funds and their sponsors with respect to investments in distressed assets. Williams is dual-qualified, practicing both New York and English law.

“Jay is a fantastic addition to the firm who will immediately enhance our structured finance capabilities,” said John Cusack, US chair and global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Finance practice. “His extensive experience handling complex financial transactions increases our ability to meet the evolving needs of the market, and our global platform will be of significant benefit to his practice and clients.”

“We are continuing to build our wider finance practice, including structured finance, in New York and across the firm, and Jay’s skillset and experience providing guidance to highly sophisticated clients across multiple asset classes is an important part of that strategic initiative,” added Richard Hans, managing partner of the firm’s New York office.

“The addition of Jay to our structured finance team will greatly enhance our ability to continue to strengthen our position among the market leaders in US and European CLOs, as well as other important asset classes,” said Rich Reilly, head of DLA Piper’s Structured Finance practice.

Williams joins from Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest School of Law, his LL.M., with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

DLA Piper advises National Urban League on development of framework

DLA Piper advised on a pro bono basis the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organisation dedicated to economic empowerment that elevates the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities, on its development of the framework of a comprehensive agenda aimed at leveraging the tools of the information economy to create a more equitable and inclusive society.

The Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion includes steps such as deploying broadband networks everywhere in the country, connecting every household to broadband networks, utilising the networks to improve delivery of essential services and creating new opportunities for underserved communities to participate in the growth of the digital economy. The plan is named for Lewis Howard Latimer, a 19th-century draftsman, soldier, scientist and researcher whose parents were born into slavery and who worked with Alexander Graham Bell on the development of telephones and with Thomas Edison on electric lighting.

Under the Latimer Plan, the Federal Communications Commission would re-examine network performance standards, pinpoint areas without any broadband network, eliminate restrictions that disqualify providers who could deliver service quickly and efficiently, and allocate subsidies necessary to close the availability gap. The plan recommends the creation of a federal Office of Digital Equity to coordinate training, as well as a major restructuring of the FCC’s Lifeline Program, which subsidises communication services for low-income households.

“If adopted, the Latimer Plan would improve how our country delivers healthcare, education, job training and other government services in ways that will benefit all Americans, especially those in marginalised communities,” said Edward “Smitty” Smith, a partner in DLA Piper’s Telecom practice who advised the National Urban League.

The plan also would require companies that benefit from federal investment to improve access to economic opportunity, and it would direct the Department of Commerce and the FCC to collect information that allows the government and the public to understand and evaluate how the private sector is improving diversity, equity and inclusion.