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DLA Piper advises Briq in US$30 million Series B financing

DLA Piper represented construction technology company Briq Technologies Inc. in its recent US$30 Series B financing led by Tiger Global Management LLC.

Briq’s corporate performance management (CPM) platform for construction financial professionals provides accurate and real-time forecasting abilities, automated workflows and interconnected systems that provide contractors with better visibility into their business.

“It was a pleasure to bring together our extensive experience advising emerging growth tech companies on complex transactions and our strong understanding of the construction industry to advise Briq on this financing, which will enable it to continue developing innovative construction technology for the benefit of its customers,” said David Richardson, the DLA Piper partner who led the firm’s deal team.

In addition to Richardson (Sacramento), the DLA Piper team representing Briq included associate Spencer Hodson (Sacramento) and partner Eileen O’Pray (Silicon Valley).

DLA Piper’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice includes more than 200 lawyers in the United States who provide strategic counsel to emerging companies in high-growth industries, including healthcare, insurance, biotech, manufacturing, communications, software and semiconductors. Over the last three years, DLA Piper has completed more than 2,100 financings totalling over US$31 billion.

DLA Piper’s global Technology sector lawyers work across practice areas and offices to support technology clients – from start-ups to fast-growing and mid-market businesses to mature global enterprises – doing business around the world.

DLA Piper advises on all aspects of the fintech sector, representing a wide range of clients, including banks, private equity and venture capital funds, asset managers, broker-dealers, insurance companies, trading platforms and exchanges, and distributed-ledger technology platforms. The firm’s multidisciplinary team around the world offers integrated legal solutions that help clients navigate the increasingly complex environment at the intersection of transactions, technology and regulation. DLA Piper is also at the forefront of providing legal counsel and business support to emerging proptech companies, investors and developers of innovative real estate technology in areas critical to both their short-term and ongoing success.

DLA Piper launches dispute resolution service in Luxembourg

DLA Piper is delighted to announce the launch of a dedicated dispute resolution service offering in Luxembourg for its clients. The practice will be led by Olivier Reisch with the day-to-day assistance of Amin Bouazza, fully dedicated to the practice, and the support of a task force of 8 cross practice Luxembourg-based experienced lawyers in tax, corporate, investment funds, capital markets, regulatory, insolvency and intellectual property and technology.

The Luxembourg office has had the expertise and ability to advise clients on dispute matters for some time but as a result of increasing client interest and increased activity the dedicated service has been formally established. DLA Piper has the local knowledge to apply the regulatory, economic, political and cultural context to legal issues and regularly handles technically challenging and complex multi-jurisdictional matters. In addition, its global reach allows it to provide clients with fully integrated teams within Luxembourg or wherever in the world advice and support is required.

Jean-Pierre Douglas Henry, Global Co-Chair of the Litigation & Regulatory practice, said: “This launch is significant for the global Litigation & Regulatory practice as Luxembourg is an important financial centre, and we are delighted to add to the global reach of our practice.”

Catherine Pogorzelski, Country Managing Partner of DLA Piper in Luxembourg, said: “The formal launch of this service is a testimony to our ambition of being a full service firm in Luxembourg and to support our clients in all areas of business law, especially in difficult times as the ones we are currently going through; it also demonstrates our true collaboration capabilities in response to clients’ needs. We have not only the local strength and knowledge, but as part of a larger global firm the ability to deploy cross-border teams where necessary. We look forward to supporting our clients in whatever area on law and in whichever country they do business in.”

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.