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Eversheds Sutherland announces NYU School of Law Scholarship Fund

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has established the Eversheds Sutherland Tax Scholarship Fund at New York University’s School of Law. The Fund will be used to provide tuition assistance annually to one LLM student in the law school’s Graduate Tax Program to further inclusivity in the study of tax law.

“We are proud to partner with NYU to promote opportunities for underrepresented groups to join the tax profession,” said Jeffrey A. Friedman, Eversheds Sutherland’s US Tax Practice Group Leader and adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Law. “The Eversheds Sutherland Tax Scholarship Fund is an important part of our broader effort to recruit talented lawyers to join the tax community.”

“We are so pleased to be working with NYU Law’s Graduate Tax Program to make this scholarship available to students,” says Vanessa A. Scott, Chief Diversity Officer and Tax Partner at Eversheds Sutherland. “We are committed to promoting diversity both within our firm and within the broader tax community.”

Eversheds Sutherland serves as tax counsel to many of the world’s most prominent corporations—including more than 35 of the Fortune 100—in every area of federal, international, state and local tax law. More than 100 tax attorneys represent taxpayers in federal, international, employee benefits, insurance, tax exempt, and state and local tax matters. Eversheds Sutherland handles intricate federal, international, and state and local tax matters, providing custom solutions to address our clients’ tax needs.

Eversheds Sutherland Receives Mansfield 3.0 Plus Certification

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has once again received Mansfield Certification after completing the Mansfield Rule 3.0 twelve-month certification program and has officially signed on to the Mansfield Rule 4.0 program.

The certification by Diversity Lab is given to law firms that have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, attorneys of colour, LGBTQ+ and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Firms are audited bi-annually and certified annually as they follow, comply, and achieve the Rules’ requirements.

In addition, Eversheds Sutherland has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status, which is given to firms that have successfully reached at least 30 percent diverse attorney representation in a notable number of their current leadership roles and committees. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of diverse attorneys in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities.

To achieve certification, Eversheds Sutherland participated in monthly group knowledge sharing calls with Diversity Lab as well as 1:1 meetings and twelve-month data collection. Through its Women’s Leadership Initiative, Eversheds Sutherland has formally committed to achieving 30 percent female partnership and 30 percent equity female partnership by 2021.

Eversheds Sutherland is also a founding firm of the Move the Needle Fund, the first collaborative effort designed and funded with $5M to test innovative initiatives to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

Eversheds Sutherland tax practice expands SALT team

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce the addition of Breen M. Schiller and Nikki E. Dobay to the firm’s Tax Practice Group as State and Local Tax (SALT) partners. Ms. Schiller will join the firm’s Chicago office and Ms. Dobay will join the firm’s Sacramento office in the next few weeks.

Ms. Schiller is joining the firm from Horwood Marcus & Berk in Chicago, where she had been the Chair of the SALT practice group. In addition to Ms. Schiller’s Illinois tax experience, she has consulted with clients on state and local tax issues across the country, including for several of Eversheds Sutherland’s existing clients. She regularly consults and represents some of the largest taxpayers in the US.

Ms. Dobay is joining from the Council On State Taxation (COST), where she had been senior tax counsel. Ms. Dobay joins former COST lawyers Jeff Friedman and Todd Lard, both of whom represented COST’s members on state tax matters before joining Eversheds Sutherland. She has extensive Oregon tax experience, including with the state’s newly imposed Commercial Activity Tax. Ms. Dobay also has represented clients on state tax policy matters across the US. Her legislative and regulatory experience will add to the firm’s considerable state tax policy practice.

“I am excited to welcome Breen and Nikki to the firm and our Tax Practice,” said Mark D. Wasserman, Co-CEO of Eversheds Sutherland. “Their outstanding reputations and experience will further elevate our SALT services and expand our capabilities in important geographic regions for our clients. We plan to continue to grow our tax practice and the firm overall through internal promotions and additional strategic lateral hiring.”

“We are fortunate to attract Breen and Nikki to our Tax Practice,” said Jeffrey A. Friedman, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Group. “Adding Breen and Nikki also reflects the firm’s focus on growing our Midwest and West Coast tax presence. Their skill sets and unique backgrounds are a natural fit for our group.”

Eversheds Sutherland’s Tax Practice is comprised of more than 100 attorneys representing many of the world’s largest corporations—including more than 35 of the Fortune 100—in every industry sector and in virtually every area of tax law, on the federal, international, state and local levels. By virtue of the size of its tax practice and its varied client base, Eversheds Sutherland is active in every area of taxation—from planning the most complex corporate tax transactions to representing taxpayers in administrative and judicial tax controversies.

Eversheds Sutherland advises Ball Corporation on VPPAs

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it represented client Ball Corporation (Ball) in two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) to further the company’s progress in achieving 100% renewable energy in Europe.

The two VPPAs were for wind developments in Sweden and Spain, specifically for the Corral Nuevo project with wpd and for the Brattmyrliden project with Falck Renewables – for a total of 93.4 megawatts (MW) of additional wind energy. They will allow the company to address approximately 63% of the European electricity load utilised in its aluminium beverage packaging plants (excluding Russia) with new renewable energy.

Eversheds Sutherland Global Energy Partner Ram C. Sunkara (US) and Counsel Joshua L. Belcher (US) led the transaction. They were assisted in Europe by a team led by Partner Jean-Pascal Boutin (UK), Counsel Marta Vizcaíno Martín (Spain) along with Senior Associate Ben Brown (UK).

The transaction highlights Eversheds Sutherland’s ability to seamlessly negotiate and execute VPPAs and PPAs for corporate off takers across multiple domestic and international jurisdictions.

The two developments will collectively enable Ball to reduce its Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions generated in Europe by approximately 60% compared to 2019, equivalent to the carbon reduction that would be provided by removing more than 47,000 passenger vehicles from the road annually. Scheduled to come online in 2021, Ball’s share of the Corral Nuevo and Brattmyrliden wind projects will generate nearly 308,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity in Europe each year—equivalent to the electricity load of approximately 10 Ball beverage packaging plants.

About Eversheds Sutherland’s Global Energy Group

For more than four decades, Eversheds Sutherland’s Global Energy Group has been counselling energy clients in guiding their businesses through an ever-changing landscape. With more than 300 energy and infrastructure lawyers located in business, financial and policy capitals throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Eversheds Sutherland has the in-depth industry knowledge, deep resources and expansive reach necessary to compete in today’s global energy markets.

Eversheds Sutherland’s clean energy and sustainability lawyers work daily in the industry, and are leading the way on the energy transition dialogue. From the 20% renewable energy target set by the European Council, to federal tax incentives in the US, to global corporations’ sustainability initiatives, to the government-imposed bidding process for Chinese wind projects, the market is always changing, and we can advise on this ever-evolving landscape.

Konexo celebrates its one-year anniversary

Konexo, developed by Eversheds Sutherland, today celebrates the one-year anniversary of its official launch.

During this time, the practice has advanced its position through continued global expansion across Europe, Asia, and most recently the United States. It has also strengthened its capabilities in areas including digital transformation, managed legal services, and trade mark and design law.

Konexo works with global clients across multiple sectors including banking and financial services, telecoms, and diversified industrials, offering clients a breadth of services underpinned by cutting-edge technology such as AI and robotics.

Investing in top talent continues to be a strategic priority. Significant hires include Babar Hayat, Head of Technology and Transformation, who leads the digital transformation practice, while Brett Aubin, Managing Director, heads regulatory response managed services focusing on LIBOR transition services and other repapering projects. Trystan Richards recently joined as Legal Services Director, and will support managed service relationships and repapering projects across the global client base.

Earlier this year Konexo launched Resourcing+, an evolution of its existing resourcing service which was rolled out across its global network. Resourcing+ gives clients immediate and high quality legal talent without having to commit to specific timeframes. Clients using the service include Nestlé UK Ltd, Pernod Ricard UK Ltd and Lion Pty Ltd.

This month, Eversheds Sutherland’s UK Branding Group permanently moved to Konexo. Led by Kate Ellis, it comprises specialist trade mark and design lawyers, attorneys and paralegals. The team provides a dedicated service and acts as ‘one stop shop’ for clients throughout the full lifecycle of a brand.

Graham Richardson, Head of Konexo, said: “We set out to challenge the market and offer clients something different. I am so proud of everything we have achieved so far and I’m especially proud of the team for their drive, hard work and tenacity. As we look to the coming year there will be some testing times ahead. However, by combining our talent, technology and expertise, I am confident that we are well placed to meet those challenges and the needs of our clients.”

Eversheds Sutherland attorneys named among best in United States

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that 19 practice areas and 99 attorneys have been recognised in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 United States, a comprehensive survey of legal service providers. For more than 25 years, the series has provided feedback on law firms from more than 100 countries.

Also this year, The Legal 500 named 11 attorneys to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list. Lee C. Davis and Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher were recognised in the Construction category; Adam B. Cohen and Vanessa A. Scott were recognised in the Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans category; James R. Dwyer and Cynthia R. Shoss were recognised in the Insurance: Non-contentious category; Jeffrey A. Friedman and Jerome B. Libin were recognised in Tax – US Taxes: Contentious; Robert D. Owen was recognised in the Dispute Resolution – E-discovery category; Wade H. Stribling was recognised in M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500m); and Peter C. Quittmeyer was recognised in the Technology: Outsourcing category.

Eversheds Sutherland received national rankings in:

  • Dispute Resolution – E-discovery
  • Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes
  • Finance – Financial Services: Regulation
  • Finance – Structured Finance: Derivatives and Structured Products
  • Industry Focus – Energy Regulation: Conventional Power
  • Industry Focus – Energy Regulation: Oil & Gas
  • Industry Focus – Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power
  • Industry Focus – Energy Transactions: Conventional Power
  • Industry Focus – Insurance: Non-contentious
  • Intellectual Property – Patent: Patent Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
  • Labour and Employment – Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans
  • M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-market (sub-$500m)
  • Media, Technology and Telecoms – Fintech
  • Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology: Outsourcing
  • Real Estate and Construction – Construction (including construction litigation)
  • Real Estate and Construction – Real Estate
  • Tax – International Tax
  • Tax – US Taxes: Contentious
  • Tax – US Taxes: Non-contentious

About Eversheds Sutherland

As a global top 10 law practice, Eversheds Sutherland provides legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 75 of the Fortune 100, 68 of the FTSE 100 and 113 of the Fortune 200.

With more than 3,000 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 70 offices in 34 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. In addition, a network of more than 200 related law firms, including formalised alliances in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, provide support around the globe.

Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services, including corporate and M&A; dispute resolution and litigation; energy and infrastructure; finance; human capital and labour law; intellectual property; real estate and construction; and tax.

Eversheds Sutherland comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the UK) and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the US), and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms. The use of the name Eversheds Sutherland is for description purposes only and does not imply that the member firms or their controlled, managed or affiliated entities are in a partnership or are part of a global LLP.