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Jasmeet K. Ahuja Named Legal Intelligencer Lawyer

Jasmeet K. Ahuja has been named a Legal Intelligencer Lawyer on the Fast Track. Jasmeet has worked closely with local and state governments on gun regulation reform and immigrant rights, playing a key role in a number of landmark cases.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Jasmeet clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and served as a federal criminal prosecutor.

Honourees are acknowledged for their influence in their practice areas in Pennsylvania and beyond, through their development of the law, strong leadership qualities, expertise in litigation or transactional work, contributing to the improvement of their institutions, and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable, and professional volunteer work.

Hogan Lovells Philadelphia work with start-up companies and blue chips to gain approval for cutting-edge medical devices, defend hot-button investigations and enforcement actions, handle precedent-setting cross-border business, and focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and corporate governance matters.

Jasmeet leverages her time spent working as an engineer in the heart of our government’s national security apparatus, bringing both substantive and practical experience to her practice. From navigating the difficult terrain that follows a cyber security incident to advising on the development of secure software applications, she works with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

She also counsels companies facing complex antitrust investigations, leveraging her background in government to proactively advise clients on the most efficient way to address regulator questions.

Jasmeet also maintains an active pro bono practice, working closely with local and state governments on gun regulation reform and immigrant rights, playing a key role in the landmark City of Philadelphia v. Attorney General of the United States of America case.

Duane Morris Law Firm Opens Office in Dallas

Duane Morris is a law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1904 as Duane, Morris, Heckscher & Roberts, the firm has offices in the United States, London, Singapore, Vietnam, Oman, Myanmar, Shanghai, and Taiwan.

Duane Morris has opened a new office in Dallas, Texas, with the addition of Trial partners Robert M. Castle III, Randy D. Gordon, Jamie R. Welton and Lucas “Luke” Wohlford. The group joins Duane Morris from Barnes & Thornburg.

Duane Morris’ corporate, trial and intellectual property practice groups represent a large client base in Texas, and its interdisciplinary, industry-sector approach to legal services enables it to deliver additional value to clients ranging from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 firms, whether they operate in the high tech, financial, energy, transportation or healthcare industries.

The move further aligns Duane Morris’ domestic operations with the robust high-technology and energy sectors in Texas. The firm opened its Austin office in 2017 and its Houston office in 1999. The new Duane Morris office is located at 100 Crescent Court in Dallas.

As one of the most diverse regional economies in the nation, Dallas offers a thriving commercial environment. With more than 65000 businesses located in the metropolitan region including Texas Instruments, AT&T, Comerica and Southwest Airlines, the city serves as headquarters to more than 20 Fortune 500 firms.

Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

In the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art cover thousands of years of art. The sleek Nasher Sculpture Center showcases contemporary sculpture.

CBRE Group Recognised for Excellence

CBRE is an American commercial real estate services and investment firm. The abbreviation CBRE stands for Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis. It is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm.

CBRE today announced that the company has been recognised as an “All Star” firm in IAOP®’s annual assessment of global outsourcing companies across all industries.

IAOP also recognised CBRE for “sustained excellence” for its continued high performance in the program over the last several years.

The GO100 recognises the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors.

This list is based on applications received, and judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by an independent panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organisations.

CBRE again achieved top honours in all the program’s judging categories this year, including customer references, awards and certifications, programs for innovation and programs for corporate social responsibility.

CBRE provides integrated services for occupiers of commercial real estate, including facilities management, transaction services, project management, and strategic consulting.

CBRE Group Overview

CBRE, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm.

The company has more than 100000 employees and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 530 offices worldwide.

CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.

Optimistic companies expect revenue growth over the next 12 months

With disruption rewriting traditional business operations, private business leaders remain steadfast in their optimism about the year ahead. In its second report on this important market segment, “Global perspectives for private companies: Agility in changing markets,” Deloitte details that despite market challenges, three-quarters of private business leaders express high or extremely high confidence in the success of their private firm over the next 24 months.

In a survey of 2,550 private company leaders across 30 countries, Deloitte found that the majority of respondents anticipate growth in six of eight key business metrics in the next 12 months. The strongest growth is predicted for revenue, productivity and profits – with companies in the Americas taking the lead in terms of expected increases, compared to counterparts in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions.

“Private business leaders don’t necessarily view today’s disruption as negative, but rather as offering new opportunities for growth,” said Jason Downing, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP and the U.S. Deloitte Private leader. “Despite some concern about trade policy and geopolitical uncertainty, the majority of executives we surveyed are highly optimistic about growth and truly have confidence in their company’s success in the year ahead.”

Proactivity is catalysing productivity

Technology has brought business closer to its customers but it has also upended business models. It has driven efficiencies but also fostered uncertainties. To address these conditions, firms globally are not staying idle but considering (43%) and implementing (40%) new business models to navigate disruption.

In conjunction with exploring new business models, companies are also looking for ways to improve growth. Globally, the top two strategies for firms are increased productivity (29%) and new product/service development (24%). Interestingly, these same two categories rank as the top competitive advantages.

Talent as the differentiator

Despite advances in adoption and implementation of technology, private business leaders realise their employees can be the differentiator and are investing in them through the following initiatives: 39% are devoting assets to training programs, 35% are increasing the number of full-time employees and 33% are investing in leadership development.

In order to attract and retain employees, 4-in-10 firms plan to reimagine learning and development programs using experiential formats, develop strategies to build an inclusive workforce, and increase their focus on flexibility and well-being programs.

Social purpose fuels corporate profits

With the influence of social media and the rise of employee activism, the majority of private business executives recognise that having a strong company culture is not a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” More than three-quarters (77%) of survey respondents agree that culture is strategically important to the success of the business.

Culture encompasses much more than the activity happening within a business and private company leaders today recognise this new reality. Specifically, the concept of social responsibility is resonating with private firms worldwide, with 66% viewing it as a top or high priority for their organisation. To make the most of these initiatives, organisations are focusing on corporate strategy as well as employee and customer branding to separate themselves farther from the competition.

Conducting business across borders

Regardless of business size or industry, technology has blurred borders and provides every company with the ability to be a global enterprise. In fact, the top driver cited for M&A activity over the next 12 months is the opportunity to enter new global markets (39%). The survey found that many private business executives expect to conduct an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy, with 42% believing it is likely or very likely they will participate in an acquisition in that timeframe.

This potential expansion comes in the face of uncertainties ignited by global trade tensions. While 24% of global respondents view trade barriers as a significant risk to growth, it is not at the expense of private business’ optimism: 15% of respondents cite entry into foreign markets as their company’s main growth strategy over the next 12 months.

“Despite some areas of uncertainty, private businesses remain the engine behind the global economy, fueled by their agility and ability to innovate,” Downing said.

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BPCL Selects AspenTech Software for Operational Award

An award, sometimes called a distinction, is something given to a recipient as a token of recognition of excellence in a certain field. When the token is a medal, ribbon or other item designed for wearing, it is known as a decoration.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, a Fortune 500 energy company is headquartered in Mumbai. It is a public sector undertaking and last year, the Government of India conferred BPCL with Maharatna status. The company operates through two segments: Downstream petroleum, and Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons.

The company’s refineries are located at: Mumbai, Kochi, Numaligarh, and Bina. Its marketing infrastructure includes network of installations, depots, retail outlets, aviation service stations, and LPG distributors.

The oil and gas sector faces an increasingly complex environment, companies need to be innovative in adopting new business models and partnerships. Leading players, such as BPCL, need to have a resilient strategy to protect against price dips and adopt digital transformation in an astute manner to improve operational performance.

Considering all these factors, BPCL began scouting for a one-stop solution provider that could help drive business sustainability and increase profitability by maximising asset performance across BPCL Group Refineries. Earlier on, BPCL had also deployed AspenTech solutions in pursuit of energy management and asset optimisation at their Mumbai refinery. Following a successful deployment, BPCL proceeded to standardise on AspenTech software solutions.

The solutions include Aspen HYSYS Petroleum Refining; Aspen Exchanger Design & Rating; Aspen Economic Evaluation; Aspen Energy Analyser; Aspen DMC3; Aspen InfoPlus.21; aspenONE Process Explorer; Aspen PIMS-AO; Aspen Supply Chain Planner; Aspen Tank and Operations Manager; and Aspen Operations Reconciliation and Accounting.

With aspenONE software, organisations can run to the limits of performance and achieve optimal financial return over the entire asset lifecycle without compromising safety, reliability or regulatory compliance. In partnering with AspenTech, BPCL can capitalise on digital transformation to reduce costs, maximise growth and achieve sustainable operations via operational excellence. With this deployment, BPCL is well positioned to support energy needs and emissions standards in India.

Centralised control and a single point of contact and accountability will help the company to achieve operational excellence and gain competitive advantage. AspenTech’s integrated solutions across design and operations will help BPCL maximise profitability, increase return on capital, and improve complex manufacturing and operating scenarios.