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Hogan Lovells announces changes to industry sector leadership roles

Global law firm Hogan Lovells announces today it has made a series of planned changes to some of its industry sector leadership positions.

Managing Partner for Clients & Industries, Ina Brock, commented: “It speaks to the quality and depth of our industry sector teams that we are able to make regular changes to the distribution of our leadership roles, and recognise our talented people. I’d like to express my sincere thanks for all of the hard work and significant contribution of those stepping down, and wish those newly appointed every success. I have no doubt we will continue to excel under their leadership and remain at the forefront of those industries.”

Effective 1 April 2021 the changes are as follows:

  • Nicola Evans will take the reins from Charles Rix as Insurance sector lead.
  • Daniel Norris will take over from Jackie Newstead as Real Estate sector lead, and will continue to lead the global Real Estate practice area.

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.

PwC appoints Ron Chopoorian as Global Leader, Health Industries

PwC has appointed Ron Chopoorian (PwC United States) as the Global Leader of its Health Industries practice. Ron has extensive client experience and deep industry knowledge across health industries, including payer, provider and pharmaceutical and life sciences. He brings more than 24 years of experience assisting private equity and corporate clients with a broad range of mission critical strategic initiatives, including improving business and commercial strategy, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures focused on improving shareholder value.

In his new role, Chopoorian will lead the Global Health Industries team, which advises a large network of clients in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, as well as policymakers on a range of key areas including advanced data analytics, integrated patient experience, digital transformation in healthcare, social determinants of health, precision medicine, assurance, tax and legal services, and strategy. He will also continue his role as the Global Relationship Partner for one of the world’s largest multinational pharmaceutical companies.

“I’m excited to take on the role of Global Health Industries Leader during a time when clients, policymakers and society face profound changes, challenges and opportunities,” says Chopoorian. “The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder of how PwC’s purpose – to build trust in society and solve important problems – guides our work with health industries stakeholders. By bringing our capabilities together, we have a unique opportunity to connect payers, providers, pharma and policy makers in order to address common challenges across the health ecosystem. We can provide solutions that make a real impact in delivering the best outcomes for patients, communities and clients.”

Kevin Burrowes, PwC’s Global Clients and Industries Leader, says “The opportunities and challenges facing our clients are unparalleled. In collaboration with other industries, our Health Industries practice, under Ron’s leadership, will continue to help governments and organisations repair, rethink and reconfigure their business models to emerge stronger from the crisis.”

Chopoorian previously was the New York Metro Deals Leader and has launched and served as the national leader of the PwC United States Divestiture Services practice. He also co-led the “Digitising Deals” initiative to enhance value creation and customer experience through the use and deployment of technology in the M&A process. During his career with PwC, he has advised various multinational pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies on a number of strategic and operational issues, from digital enablement and transformation to business and financial due diligence.

Chopoorian earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School. Ron is also a CPA and a member of both the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs.

Norton Rose Fulbright appoints new Warsaw Managing Partner

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Grzegorz Dyczkowski, the head of its Warsaw banking and finance team, as managing partner of the Warsaw office. Grzegorz succeeds Piotr Strawa, the founder of Warsaw office of Norton Rose Fulbright who has served as managing partner since 2000.

Regarding his new role, Grzegorz said: “I’m honoured to be appointed to the role of managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright in Poland. With the support of my colleagues, we will continue to establish our practice as a leader in several areas of law: banking and finance, M&A and corporate and real estate. Together with our Warsaw lawyers and by collaborating with other offices worldwide, we will enhance our reputation, nationally and globally, as a prominent law firm. I would like to thank Piotr Strawa for his contribution to the success of Norton Rose Fulbright in Poland. Piotr has served as the managing partner for twenty years and, only because of his commitment and work, our law firm enjoys its present position and recognition.”

Piotr, who will continue to work with the Warsaw corporate and M&A team, commented: “Grzegorz is recognised for his experience in banking law, finance and regulated markets. Over the years with Norton Rose Fulbright, Grzegorz has established and leads a team of respected lawyers in these fields. Given his experience in management and participatory style of work, the firm’s success and development are guaranteed. I believe Grzegorz is the best candidate to head this office in the years to come.”

An attorney-at-law (radca prawny) since 1998, Grzegorz joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2003 and was appointed a partner in 2006. By effecting a change of the managing partner, the firm is also now renamed as Norton Rose Fulbright Dyczkowski and Partners, Limited Partnership.

Baker McKenzie names Alyssa Auberger as Chief Sustainability Officer

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has named Paris-based Partner Alyssa Auberger as its first Chief Sustainability Officer. Alyssa will be responsible for leading the Firm’s global Sustainability strategy which is core to the Firm’s overall priorities for the next decade.

After beginning her legal career in-house in the United States, Alyssa joined Baker McKenzie in Paris in 1998 and from 2016 until this appointment, was Global Chair of its Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Group. In this role, she worked closely with a number of global bodies, including the United Nations Global Compact, to heighten awareness of the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities for the consumer goods and retail industry. She has worked with the Firm’s leading practices to develop solutions for clients on supply chain transparency and claims, product lifecycle issues, and human rights and emissions reporting, in order to help them understand their impact and responsibilities across entire value chains.

Franco-American and as a partner specialised in multijurisdictional M&A and Private Equity transactions and based in Baker McKenzie’s Paris office, Alyssa has extensive experience regularly advising American and French corporations, multinationals, and private equity investment funds on their acquisitions and divestitures worldwide as well as in their international expansion efforts.

Baker McKenzie has strong relationships with leading sustainability-focused forums, including the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, of which it was the first law firm member. In 2017, the Firm collaborated with the World Economic Forum to launch the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, which brings together leading policy makers, businesses, start-ups, academia and international organisations to collaborate for the greater good by maximising the benefits of science and technology.

The Firm became a participant of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2015 and remains committed to upholding the Ten Principles on human and labour rights, the environment and anti‐corruption. Since then, it has adopted eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Gender Equality, Climate Action, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Recently Global Chair Milton Cheng joined more than 1,200 Chief Executive Officers from companies in over 100 countries to demonstrate the Firm’s support for the United Nations and inclusive multilateralism by signing onto a powerful Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation. To mark the 75th Anniversary of the UN, the statement was released by the UNGC Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), of which Baker McKenzie is a proud co-patron. The Firm also recently announced commitments to significantly reduce its global carbon emissions over the next decade and achieve aspirational global gender diversity targets, set at 40:40:20 per cent, to represent 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons).

Alyssa said, “I am delighted to be taking on this new role and leading Baker McKenzie’s Sustainability efforts. Our clients are at differing stages of their sustainability journeys and we want to do all we can to help them achieve their ESG goals given our own depth of experience. More than 20 years ago, we established the first Climate Change practice within a major law firm, and we now offer a number of ESG Advisory services, including Sustainable Finance, Corporate Governance, Renewable Energy, Human Rights and Modern Slavery, Sustainable Real Estate and Responsible Product Sourcing.”

As well as announcing Alyssa’s appointment, Baker McKenzie reaffirmed its commitment to placing Sustainability at the core of its strategy for the coming decade, facilitating active engagement with like-minded businesses, governments, international organisations and civil society, in order to achieve shared goals for a more sustainable world.

Milton Cheng, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie said, “Collaborating with our clients to find solutions to their complex problems has always been at the core of what our Firm does. We strive to provide holistic business advice to our clients, helping them navigate their sustainability risks, as well as identify the opportunities that come with being a responsible business.”

Milton adds: “As a passionate lawyer, partner and leader within Baker McKenzie for over 20 years, Alyssa understands our Firm, our practices and our clients and I have no doubt that this knowledge will be an asset to her as she leads our Firm wide efforts with the same passion and commitment she has always shown.”

Deloitte announces new Audit & Assurance leadership

Deloitte today announces the appointment of Paul Stephenson and Nikki Mitchell to the roles of UK and North and South Europe (NSE) Managing Partner for Audit & Assurance respectively.

Paul is a member of the firm’s UK and NSE Audit & Assurance executives and is a statutory audit partner to a number of entities in the financial services industry. With over 30 years’ of experience, he has held numerous management positions within the firm’s UK Audit & Assurance business, including as Chief Operating Officer, as well as leading the financial services audit and the graduate recruitment team. He also played an instrumental role in the launch of the firm’s school leaver programme in 2011. Paul has provided assurance services to multiple large, complex entities, and has a deep understanding of UK and international accounting and regulatory requirements, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).

Nikki is also a statutory audit partner, as well as a vice chair, and has held a range of UK and NSE leadership roles. This includes setting up the firm’s pursuit team following mandatory audit rotation in 2015, and Audit & Assurance and firmwide client leader positions. Nikki is one of Deloitte’s most senior partners, with over 32 years’ of experience, including 21 as a partner. She specialises in leading large, global public company audits and transaction engagements across consumer, retail, manufacturing and support services businesses, and has led some of the firm’s most significant FTSE100 audit engagements. Nikki also provides development support for other partners, and plays a key role in Deloitte’s women in leadership programme.

Paul and Nikki succeed Stephen Griggs, who was appointed Managing Partner for Deloitte UK last month.

Richard Houston, Senior Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte UK and NSE, said: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Paul and Nikki as leaders of our UK and NSE Audit & Assurance businesses. These two senior leaders have extensive industry and client experience, and are well respected by colleagues across the firm. With Stephen moving into our Managing Partner role, I have no doubt they are the right people to lead our Audit & Assurance business as it transforms in the months and years ahead. I would like to thank Stephen for his leadership of the business over the past five years.”

Last month Deloitte announced a number of key changes to the firm’s UK audit governance structures, in line with the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC’s) principles for operational separation. This includes the establishment of an independent Audit Governance Board (AGB), with Margaret, Baroness Ford of Cunninghame OBE, to be appointed as independent non-executive chair, and with a majority of independent non-executive directors, including Jim Coyle, Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC and Shirley Garrood. Effective from 1 January 2021, the AGB will have responsibility for providing independent oversight of the UK audit practice.

Stephen Griggs, Managing Partner at Deloitte UK, added: “Paul and Nikki’s appointments come at a pivotal time for Deloitte, as we look towards the future of Audit & Assurance. We remain committed to audit reform and playing our role in delivering change that embraces audit quality, improves choice and restores trust. We believe that widespread change of our industry is important if we are to better meet society’s needs and expectations of the audit profession in the years ahead. I look forward to working with Paul and Nikki through this.”

The Audit & Assurance appointments coincide with several other key leadership changes at Deloitte, including Pauline Biddle as UK Client & Industries lead, Daniel Barlow as UK Head of Regions, and Nico Kleyn as NSE Healthcare and Life Sciences lead.