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Global Law Firm Announces 2021 Global Charitable Initiative

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has announced their 2021 Global Charitable Initiative will focus on fighting systemic racism and championing social justice worldwide.

Norton Rose has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.

The aim of the initiative will be to raise awareness as to the importance of fighting racism and championing social justice in business, in local communities and as individuals through fundraising, pro bono and volunteering opportunities with charities focused on these causes.

Institutional racism, also known as systemic racism, is a form of racism that is embedded in the laws and regulations of a society or an organisation. It manifests as discrimination in areas such as criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, education, and political representation.

Where possible, the firm will join with like-minded clients in these activities to expand its reach.

In late 2021, lawyers and support personnel firm-wide will be invited to participate in a global activity day. Likewise, each region or jurisdiction will be encouraged to interpret the themes of fighting racism and championing social justice in a way that resonates with their local community and culture, identifying an organisation active in this cause with which to partner in 2021.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Charitable Initiatives are proposed and sponsored by a different region each year.

Each region is asked to choose a cause which resonates with the firm globally, motivating lawyers and other personnel to participate and take action.

Past initiatives have included promoting the building of environmentally sustainable communities, fighting hunger and reducing food waste, supporting the Special Olympics and helping to build a facility for Menzi Children’s Home in South Africa.

Hogan Lovells Advised ISOC Group on Latest Acquisition

An acquisition is when one company purchases most or all of another company’s shares to gain control of that company. Purchasing more than 50% of a target firm’s stock and other assets allows the acquirer to make decisions about the newly acquired assets without the approval of the company’s other shareholders.

The Hogan Lovells Warsaw Office have advised ISOC Group in the acquisition of the A and B buildings of the Silesia Business Park from the Swedish investor, Niam.

The Silesia Business Park is located in the most dynamic business district in Katowice, Poland and the transaction involved two class A office buildings with a leasable area of over 24000 sq.m. The transaction means that ISOC Group will become the exclusive owner of the entire Silesia Business Park complex and the acquisition marks another real estate investment of the ISOC Group in the Polish market.

ISOC Group is a real estate and industrial infrastructure investment company based in the Philippines, with stakes in telecommunications, logistics and cold chain. In 2019, ISOC was shortlisted for the real estate Eurobuild Investor of the Year award.

On the Purchaser’s side, the transaction was executed by counsel Bartosz Clemenz; Head of Hogan Lovells Warsaw real estate practice, partner Marek Grodek, supervised the transaction and coordinated the multidisciplinary legal team.

The full real estate transaction team comprised of senior associates Ewa Kraszewska, dr Katarzyna Sulimierska, associate Adam Nowosielski, as well as lawyers Paweł Gnaś, Daria Kostewicz and Karolina Samocik. Partner Piotr Zawiślak, and senior associate Mateusz Dereszyński advised on the financing aspects of the transaction while counsel Ewa Kacperek, and Weronika Wołosiuk advised on intellectual property law.

This is another significant deal concerning Asian investment into commercial property in Poland, which the Hogan Lovells Warsaw office have recently been involved in.

HFW Global Law Firm Boosts Transactional Offering

HFW has continued to expand its fast-growing transactional offering with the hire of senior corporate finance partner Wing Cheung.

Wing specialises in capital markets, including initial public offerings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other transactional work. He joins HFW’s Hong Kong office from United States law firm Locke Lord, where he was Hong Kong Managing Partner.

Wing’s arrival continues HFW’s significant expansion of its global corporate and finance practices. HFW launched a transactional practice in China earlier this year and has now added 19 transactional partners across its international network since 2018, including lateral hires in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Monaco, Paris and Singapore.

Wing advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also has significant experience in regulatory enforcement and compliance, having acted on major investigations and other proceedings by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

HFW has operated in Greater China for more than 40 years, having been one of the first international law firms to open an office in the country, in 1978.

The firm now has almost 80 lawyers in Greater China, including 21 partners, and is a market leader in aviation, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, shipping, commercial litigation and corporate.

HFW also recently brought in a market-leading team to launch in Monaco – one of 11 international office openings, mergers and associations since 2016, including a fully-integrated United States merger and other moves in Brazil, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.

HFW Overview

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping sectors.

The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.