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Celebrating five consecutive years as one of BC’s Top Employers

Dentons has been recognised as one of BC’s Top Employers for the fifth consecutive year, reinforcing its status as an employer of choice for exceptional talent. Dentons is proud to have created an environment where its people can develop new skills, create a unique career path, explore and be supported in leadership opportunities, and collaborate with team members across its global platform, in addition to having a positive impact in local communities.

BC’s Top Employers is an annual competition organised by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognises British Columbia employers who lead their industries in offering outstanding places to work.

“Being recognised as one of BC’s Top Employers for five consecutive years is a huge accomplishment. Our continued success is a result of the commitment, enthusiasm and support for each of our team members,” said John Sandrelli, managing partner of Dentons’ Vancouver office. “We are proud to celebrate 40 years of being a part of the Vancouver community. Providing exceptional client service, taking action to improve our communities and supporting the success of both global clients and local businesses is what makes Dentons a great place to grow a career.”

The focus on its people is just one of the ways that Dentons is doing things differently. The diverse and unique strengths of Dentons’ exceptional talent help define its forward-thinking and inclusive culture. Here are some of the ways Dentons has come together to build the law firm of the future in Vancouver:

  • Participate in a number of activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including the Rotary Club of Vancouver Bike-A-Thon, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Lawn Bowling, the annual Sun Run and a Healthy Habits Walking Club.
  • Help lead the fight for justice, opportunity and equality in our communities through pro bono and philanthropic commitments, including a week-long campaign in support of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and pro bono services to the Vancouver Pride Society, assisting with the transition of their annual Pride Parade to VanVirtualPride, an online week-long celebration due to COVID-19.
  • Take time to celebrate success and recognise accomplishments as one team through team celebrations, social events and barbeques.
  • Advance shared commitment of building an inclusive firm by developing diverse learning programs and community-focused initiatives, such as an Indigenous business student summer placement program in collaboration with a client.
  • Foster an eco-conscious environment that promotes wellness though sustainable practices in the workplace through its grassroots Workplace Improvement Sustainability and Health (WISH) Committee, like working with local restaurants to enable Dentons’ people to use reusable containers in lieu of using paper, Styrofoam or plastic to-go lunch boxes.

To learn more about our Vancouver office, career opportunities and how we are connecting BC to the world, visit our Dentons – Vancouver page.

Three London Partners Named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2021

The Lawyer Magazine has recognised London finance partner Jennifer Brennan, corporate partner Shing Lo, and litigation partner Oliver Middleton in its Hot 100 2021. The annual report identifies the UK lawyers working on the “biggest trials and deals of our time”, and those who through their efforts are “making the legal profession better in one way or another: more sophisticated, more innovative, more diverse, more fair”.

Brennan was celebrated for her work on a number of significant restructurings in 2020, including Swissport, New Look, Doncasters, and Deoleo, and for her role as the co-chair of the London finance department. Lo was credited for helping founders to receive cash injections, her granular knowledge of both start-ups and investors, and facilitating a number of fundraisings for companies in the fintech, media and healthtech sectors last year. Middleton was recognised as a “disputes dynamo” and won praise for his work in banking disputes and class actions. His tech-related expertise was also noted.

The Lawyer’s annual Hot 100 list is compiled following extensive research into candidates’ client work and contribution to their firms, companies, and the wider legal profession.

Veronica Relea Named Among Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latin America

Latinvex has named New York partner Veronica Relea to its Latin America’s Top Female Lawyers list for the fourth year in a row. The annual list recognises the top 100 female lawyers from international law firms who are doing business in the region. Latinvex’s selection criteria includes recent track record on major deals and business, prominence of the firm in Latin America, and rankings.

Relea, a member of Latham’s market-leading Project Development & Finance and Latin America Practices, has developed a robust Latin America practice advising clients on a range of complex finance transactions. She represents commercial and investment banks, sponsors, developers, and private equity firms in connection with the development, construction, operation, and financing of energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. Relea also has extensive experience in leveraged finance transactions, including acquisition financings and asset-based facilities.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Relea is also recognised for her work by The Legal 500 Latin America and The Legal 500 US.

Farmida Bi recognised in HERoes 100 Women Executives List

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Chair of Europe, Middle East and Asia, Farmida Bi, has been recognised in HERoes 100 Role Women Executives List 2020. This is the second time Farmida has been included in the list. The list, supported by Yahoo! Finance, showcases business leaders who are breaking down barriers in the workplace and seeking to drive workplace equality and inclusion.

Farmida is also the firm’s European Head of Islamic Finance. She has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and Islamic finance transactions, advising on English and New York law.

Farmida has been included in the HERoes 100 Women Executives List based on her work done internally and externally to champion women, and her recent and significant business achievements. As Chair of the firm’s Partnership Committee and Audit Committee as well as a steering group member of the firm’s Women’s Network (WIN), she has worked to recruit more women to management positions, created spaces for meaningful discussions and organised successful inclusion-focused events.

A leading individual for Islamic finance and for debt capital markets in Legal 500 UK 2020, Farmida commented:

“To be included in this list for the second consecutive year is an honour, especially alongside such talented women. At Norton Rose Fulbright, we remain dedicated to creating a workplace which is diverse and inclusive. We value diversity and the opportunities it provides to widen our horizons and understand our clients, and each other.”

Farmida has previously been listed in Financial news Most Influential Women in Europe Finance (2019) and was recognised as an “Outstanding Practitioner” at the International Financial Law Review Women in Business Law Awards. She was also listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2019.

Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group Recognised by Business Insider

Duane Morris has been named a top law firm for cannabis law by Business Insider. The publication reached out to 29 players in the cannabis industry, from VCs to start-ups to multistate operators, to get their take on the best law firms in the industry.

Firm Profile from the Publication

Founded: 1904

Involved in cannabis: 2015

Recommended by: Panther Opportunity Fund, Salveo Capital

About: Duane Morris’ cannabis industry group, which has been around since 2015, is led by Seth A. Goldberg (Philadelphia), Tracy Gallegos (San Francisco/Las Vegas) and Paul P. Josephson (Cherry Hill, NJ).

Their clients range from those directly cultivating and selling cannabis products to investors in the industry. A spokesperson for the firm said that the group advises clients in a variety of areas, including regulatory, intellectual property, and litigation law.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit the Business Insider website (subscription required).

Scottish manufacturing excellence and innovation recognised

Nominations are open for a national award to recognise excellence and innovation in Scotland’s manufacturing sector, the First Minister has announced.

The First Minister’s Award for Manufacturing Leadership celebrates competitive and innovative manufacturing companies who champion fair work and invest in the skills and wellbeing of their employees.

The winning company will receive:

  • a physical award designed by students on Skills Development Scotland’s Engineering: Design and Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeships programme
  • two places, together worth £2,500, on a delegation arranged by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) of industry leaders visiting an overseas advanced manufacturing site
  • one year of free enterprise membership of Scotland House in London which gives access to meeting rooms, event spaces and exclusive networking events

The Scottish Government is supporting advancement in manufacturing including the £65 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, up to £14 million investment through the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund, and the £39 million Glasgow City Regions City Deal project to develop the essential infrastructure needed for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

The First Minister said: “Scotland has a long and proud tradition in manufacturing, a highly productive and dynamic sector of our economy. We are also committed to inclusive growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equality, opportunity and fairness.

“A thriving manufacturing sector is crucial to Scotland’s economic future, so the Scottish Government wants to celebrate the companies who lead the way in their commitment to innovation and excellence whilst investing in the skills and wellbeing of their employees.

“I look forward to seeing the great work being done by our many exemplary manufacturing companies who go the extra mile to champion fair work and inclusivity.”

The winner will be announced at the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service’s National Manufacturing Conference on 26 May, 2020.