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Dentons announces US COVID-19 50-State Tracker

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm and the only global law firm operating in most of the countries where there is a significant outbreak of COVID-19, including in the US, today adds a COVID-19 50-State Tracker to a suite of client resources available publicly.

Dentons’ COVID-19 50-State Tracker provides an overview of key information for each US state and the District of Columbia, including reviews of state and local governmental orders, directives and financial assistance, official links, public restrictions, health and business directives, school closures and updates on courts and legislative sessions. Official links are provided where possible throughout the Index to ensure that the latest guidance and orders are available.

In addition to official links, the COVID-19 50-State Tracker will be updated regularly. Slated for future additions are information on remote online notarisation and eNotarisation, mortgage and rent payment relief and tele-medicine/tele-health. Those interested in regular COVID-19 updates can opt-in to an e-mail list.

Dentons, which has been a leader in advising and collaborating with the global legal and business communities, pledges to continue to share insights and best practices with clients and contacts around the world, and proactively support the business community as it navigates business challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dentons has developed multiple resources throughout Q1 2020 and these are available to the public and global business community at large through its COVID-19 hub on the Firm’s website.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Enterprise, Dentons’ wholly owned subsidiary of innovation, advisory and technology operating units. Dentons’ polycentric approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Advisory firm Avonhurst boosts practice with associate hires

Avonhurst today announced four new associate hires, cementing the rapid growth that has characterised its first year. Senior associate Joshua Swerner joins the firm from Linklaters, where he spent time in the London and Moscow offices; Tanya Macrae joins from Allen & Overy (Brussels and London) and has worked at both Latham & Watkins and Herbert Smith Freehills; Oliver Elsaesser joins as an associate from Paul Hastings and Katja Loncaric joins from the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright, having previously worked in Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office.

Avonhurst is a political risk and legal advisory firm dedicated to representing sophisticated capital. Since its launch in July 2019 by founding partner Jonathan Bloom, the firm has attracted a raft of established talent, including seven partner hires – mostly from magic circle firms – as well as hiring four leading figures from the political, financial and legal sectors as senior advisers, including Lord (Gavin) Barwell, tech entrepreneur Sean West, General, the Lord (Nick) Houghton, Blackstone’s Andrew Dowler and Tina Fordham (Partner and Head of Global Political Strategy), formerly of Citigroup.

These have been complemented by the additions of high yield specialist Albert Aharonian (previously at Milbank, Paul Hastings and Sidley Austin), and political expert Jessica Turner who is a US lawyer having joined out of law school and has extensive experience including working on Capitol Hill, Washington DC and at the House of Commons in London.

Jonathan Bloom, Chief Executive of Avonhurst, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Joshua, Tanya, Oliver and Katja to the firm. While we are justifiably proud of our ability to attract established partner talent, we recognise that our long-term sustainability as a leading adviser to sophisticated capital clients requires excellence at every level. We are committed to attracting, nurturing and growing the very best associates.

“Our new hires bring valuable UK and international experience in corporate, antitrust, leveraged, export credit, trade and asset-backed finance, financial services and capital markets, honed at some of the biggest and best law firms in the world. They will work alongside our market-leading partners and advisers to ensure our clients get top-level service across legal, legislative and political advisory, and capital services.”

Continued

Launched in 2019, Avonhurst is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of sophisticated capital by providing a bespoke offering comprising legal advisory, political strategy and capital services. A group of market-leading founders and influencers from the legal world have created a revolutionary advisory business dedicated to helping funds, capital providers, corporate borrowers and issuers, and secured lenders, navigate the complexities of ever-changing markets.

Deloitte senior economist comments on today’s inflation figures

Commenting on this morning’s inflation figures, Debapratim De, senior economist at Deloitte, said: “The rise in both core and headline measures of inflation vindicates the Bank of England’s decision to keep interest rates on hold in January. Further rises would significantly reduce the chances of a rate cut in the near future.”

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Dentons hires leading Irish lawyer Shane O’Donnell in Dublin

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, is pleased to announce the hire of Shane O’Donnell as partner at its new Dublin office.

Shane joins from William Fry, where he served as Head of Corporate for the last five years, running some of the most complex and big-ticket mandates in the market. Shane also served as Head of William Fry’s Food, Beverage and Agribusiness department and brings extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraisings and take-private transactions on behalf of Irish and international clients.

Eavan Saunders, Managing Partner, Dentons Ireland said: “I’m delighted that Shane is coming on board. Attracting such a high calibre partner demonstrates the ambitions we have for the Dublin office. Shane is an acknowledged leader in his field and will be a tremendous addition to the Dentons offering in Ireland. With genuine leaders as part of our team, Dentons can offer the scale, quality and in-depth sector specialisation that no other firm in Dublin can match. This is the latest edition to our elite team that will offer the highest quality advice in the market.”

The hire follows the announcement of Dentons’ expansion plans into the Irish market with the appointments of Eavan Saunders and Peter O’Brien as founders.

Dentons’ Dublin office will initially focus on transactional work for clients particularly in the financial services, real estate, energy, infrastructure and technology sectors, areas where Dentons has market-leading expertise around the world.

Dentons provides clients with access to more than 10,000 lawyers in 181 locations across 73 countries around the globe. In 2019 the firm won 270 awards – more than any other law firm.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Enterprise, Dentons’ wholly owned subsidiary of innovation, advisory and technology operating units. Dentons’ polycentric approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.dentons.com/

Rödl & Partner advises GS Star on its expansion to Switzerland

Rödl & Partner advised GS Star GmbH (GS Star) on financial, legal and tax matters in the acquisition of two hotels from Turicum Hotel Management Group. GS Star is operated by the holding company Gorgeous Smiling Hotels Holding GmbH, the joint venture of AUCTUS Capital Partners AG and G&E Hotelbeteiligungs GmbH.

A specialised M&A team led by partner Jochen Reis advised GS Star on all financial, legal and tax transaction issues. The financial due diligence was led out by Felix Markowsky, the legal advice by Alex Barbier and the tax advice by Florian Kaiser.

Strategic Potential

The acquisition of the two hotels from Turicum Hotel Management Group is part of the continuous and successful cooperation between GS Star and its franchise partner Intercontinental Hotels Group. The operation also opens a new market for GS Star: The hotels are located in Berne and Zurich with a capacity of 144 and 164 rooms, respectively.

Transaction Parties

Turicum Hotel Management Group was founded in 1993. After the operation, it will continue to operate the 4-star B2-Boutique Hotel + Spa in Zurich.

The management company of GS Star, Gorgeous Smiling Hotels GmbH, is an international multi-brand hotel operator, that acts as a franchisee in the European market for such global brands as Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hilton or Wyndham Hotel & Resorts. The group also focuses on the development of its private labels such as Rilano Hotel & Resorts and Arthotel ANA. The Group has won awards from the Financial Times and Focus Business and is among the top thousand fastest growing companies in Europe. The strong expansion of Gorgeous Smiling Hotels GmbH in the German-speaking countries, the Netherlands and, in the future, Great Britain led to a portfolio of more than 100 properties operating in a wide range of segments.

AUCTUS Capital Partners AG is an independent investment company founded by entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2001, AUCTUS has already made more than 200 investments. More than 25 platform investments combine a total of more than 50 legal entities, representing total sales of approx. €1bn and total net income of >€50m.

HFW boosts fast-growing transactional offering

Global, sector-focused law firm 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 M&A, private equity and other transactional work. He joins HFW’s Hong Kong office from US 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.

Patrick Yeung, Hong Kong Office Head, HFW:

“This is a major boost to our transactional offering in Greater China and the wider region. Wing brings a wealth of experience of high-end corporate finance, and has an outstanding reputation for his technical expertise and exceptional client service. I am thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”

Wing advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including initial public offerings and M&A. 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.

Wing Cheung, Partner, HFW:

“I am very excited to be joining HFW. It’s been really noticeable over the past few years that HFW is building a strong global corporate and finance practice to complement its leading reputation for disputes and sector-related work. I’m looking forward to helping the firm continue that growth, and working with the HFW transactional teams in Greater China and across the firm’s extensive international network.”

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 US merger and other moves in Brazil, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.

About HFW

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.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.hfw.com/