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Ashurst appoints Global Sustainability Partner

International law firm Ashurst today announces the appointment of Anna-Marie Slot as the firm’s first Global Sustainability Partner, as part of an initiative to assist clients navigate the strategic challenges and opportunities of regional and multi-jurisdictional sustainability issues.

Dave Rome, Strategy Director in the Global Loans team, is supporting Anna-Marie with the initiative. They will work with sustainability advocates in each of the firm’s offices around the world to drive forward work on sustainability, both in terms of clients and the markets Ashurst operates in and also its own operations.

The initiative will focus on providing clients with an integrated approach to climate change risk, green finance and wider environmental issues, derived from the firm’s broad expertise on issues facing corporates, governments, financial institutions, funds and investors.

Anna-Marie Slot commented:

“Ashurst has been an active voice in the area of green finance and is a world leader in the power and renewables sector. Through our support of various sustainability-focused organisations worldwide, such as the Climate Bond Initiative, Ashurst has played a key role in this rapidly evolving area. And we are intending to leverage this expertise and focus to the benefit of all of our clients. I am really looking forward to working with Dave and the entire Ashurst community to accelerate our clients and our own approach to this strategically critical issue.”

Dave Rome added:

“As global climate change continues to advance at rapid levels, corporate sustainability has become even more critical. This initiative will draw together our expertise across practices and jurisdictions to assist our clients as they address the challenges of sustainability.”

Anna-Marie Slot has 20 years’ experience in finance across the US, Europe and Asia. She is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and IFLR1000, as well as being named one of the world’s top 300 female transactional lawyers in banking and capital markets by IFLR1000 Women leaders in 2018 and 2019.

Dave Rome has over 31 years of experience in the finance and banking industry, having previously spent 28 years in corporate banking with NatWest/RBS, working across the UK and Europe as well as in Asia. He held a number of senior relationship management positions within the bank, before latterly heading up its market-leading syndicated loan business.

Michael Davison nominated as Hogan Lovells Deputy CEO

Hogan Lovells CEO-select Miguel Zaldivar has nominated, with the Board’s full support and unanimous approval, London-based litigation partner Michael Davison as the firm’s proposed Deputy CEO from 1 July 2020.

An international arbitration lawyer by background, Michael is qualified in England, France and the Republic of Ireland. He currently heads our Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice and is involved in the TMT and ENRG industry groups. His clients include AES, Koch and Transocean. Michael has been described by The Legal 500 as “undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe” and by Chambers as “absolutely brilliant.”

Michael has been a member of the International Management Committee since 2013 and, alongside his client and management commitments, he has been a major supporter of and contributor to the firm’s pro bono work and diversity and inclusion commitments. He has a strong interest in the use of technology including AI to support our clients and is leading a number of projects in this area.

According to Hogan Lovells’ Chair, Leopold von Gerlach: “The Board is unanimous in supporting Miguel’s choice and is very pleased that Michael has agreed to bring his leadership experience and capabilities to the role of Deputy CEO. He has a very strong track record as a long-serving practice group leader and is well positioned throughout the firm to take on the role.”

Commenting on the nomination, Michael Davison says: “Miguel has a very clear sense of where he wants to take the firm with a sharp focus on client service, investment in our key markets, incentivizing collaboration across the partnership, managing our profitability and supporting diversity & inclusion. He and I share this thinking and I am looking forward to working with him.”

The recommendation of Miguel Zaldivar to become the firm’s CEO is subject to a confirmation vote by partners, the results of which are expected to be announced later in December. His appointment would make him the only current Amlaw 50 law firm leader of Hispanic American origin. Michael Davison’s appointment as Deputy CEO is conditional on Miguel Zaldivar’s appointment being agreed by the partnership.

VEGAS LEX on The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 rankings

VEGAS LEX has improved its ranking in traditionally strong categories of The Legal 500 EMEA 2019. In particular, the firm ranks first in PPP and infrastructure projects category.

Many experts of VEGAS LEX have been recommended in the ranking. The following experts have been named in the individual ranking in the PPP and infrastructure projects category:

Competition Law

VEGAS LEX focuses on anti-monopoly cases, compliance projects and regulatory advice. Alexander Sitnikov heads the practice, which handles work for key clients such as pipe producer TMK and Roche Diabetes Care Rus.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

At VEGAS LEX, managing partner Alexander Sitnikov’s extensive experience in the corporate space covers conflicts relating to investment projects, the protection and recovery of business assets, corporate governance and restructuring. Department head Victor Petrov has a strong track record in commercial, corporate, insurance and bankruptcy disputes. Evgeniy Rodin is recommended for energy disputes. The practice represents a mix of clients from the aerospace, energy, life sciences and retail sectors.

Energy & Natural Resources Law

Specializing in power generation projects, VEGAS LEX regularly represents clients such as OGK-2 and Irkutsk Electric Grid Company in contractual, commercial and tax-related disputes. Evgeniy Rodin and Alexander Sitnikov are the main practitioners.

PPP & Infrastructure Projects

According to one client, VEGAS LEX has ‘the leading practice in the Russian PPP sector’; the team is known for its strong focus on large-scale PPP projects in the energy, transportation, ports and healthcare-related areas. The ‘highly reputable’ practice is led by ‘industry expert’ Denis Shtirbu and is well known for advising federal and regional governmental agencies and state-owned companies including Russian Railways and the Ministry of Transport of the Novosibirsk region. Irina Dolgikh ‘demonstrates exceptional knowledge, professionalism and attention to detail’.

Real Estate & Construction Law

Headed by the ‘diligent and responsible’ Igor Chumachenko, the real estate department at VEGAS LEX provides ‘high-quality and cost-effective legal services’ and is recommended for its ‘deep familiarity with the Russian regulatory framework and the local implementation of EPC projects’. The team supported the Development Corporation of Kamchatka with the implementation of the modernisation project concerning the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo) airport.

TMT Law

The TMT practice at VEGAS LEX is headed by Alexandra Vasukhnova and advises on regulatory, contractual and e-commerce matters. Natalia Abtseshko is also noted. Clients include animation studio Sky and creative digital marketing agency Jami, among others.

Tax Services

VEGAS LEX has expertise across a broad range of tax matters including domestic and foreign tax structuring, tax support for major infrastructure projects and M&A transactions and customs. Yuriy Ivanov specializes in contentious tax and tax planning; he recently advised Russian Post on taxation and customs clearance matters pertaining to international mail and cargo operations. Denis Kozhevnikov assists Ivanov with contentious tax matters.

Transport Law

At VEGAS LEX, Denis Shtirbu heads the transport practice, which assists clients with major railroad infrastructure projects. The team advised the Ministry of Transport of the Novosibirsk Region during negotiations with government agencies regarding a high-value railway concession initiative. Dorogi Rossii is another notable client, among others.

If you would like to get more information about VEGAS LEX, please visit https://www.vegaslex.ru/

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MBH Ranked as Top 100 Global Disputes Firm by GAR 2019

Following last week’s announcement that Legal 500 ranked Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy as a top tier law firm in all practice areas, we are honored to share with you that Global Arbitration Review’s 12th edition of GAR 100, puts MBH as a top 100 global disputes firm in 2019.

“Matouk Bassiouny lawyers manage to provide international class legal expertise with impeccable English, in an easy to understand manner […] They also have a depth of experience in local law matters and the policies and procedures that apply in Egypt. This makes them very rare in the Egyptian market […]”

We would like to sincerely thank our clients for their continued trust in Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy and congratulate the arbitration team on their excellent work and continued success.

If you would like to get more information, please visit https://matoukbassiouny.com/

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MBH ranked as a Top Tier Law Firm in all Practice Areas by The Legal 500

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is proud to announce that The Legal 500 has released its 2019 rankings, putting us as a TOP TIER law firm in all practice areas. The 2019 edition ranks MBH as TIER 1 firm in Banking and Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Arbitration, Litigation, Energy, and Projects and Infrastructure, and TIER 2 in TMT.

“Matouk Bassiouny is ‘the leader in capital markets work and has a strong track record in all areas of banking and finance law’.”

Matouk Bassiouny ‘has quickly become one of the leaders in the finance, corporate and M&A fields’.

“Matouk Bassiouny frequently handles CRCICA, ICC and ICSID proceedings for clients such as Etisalat Misr and Egyptian Indian Polyester Co. For Union Fenosa Gas, John Matouk and practice head Amr Abbas handled a $2bn CRCICA case against a state entity concerning contractual obligations.”

“Matouk Bassiouny is ‘one of the top firms for litigation’ and head of dispute resolution John Matouk is highly respected.”

The Legal 500 has also listed Dr. Amr A. Abbas (Partner and Head of Arbitration), Mahmoud Bassiouny (Managing Partner and Head of Finance & Projects), Omar Bassiouny (Founding Partner and Head of Corporate and M&A) and John Matouk (Founding Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution) as Leading Individuals in their fields. Momen Rezk (Senior Associate in Dispute Resolution: Litigation) has been listed as a Next Generation Lawyer.

We would like express our utmost gratitude to our clients for their continued trust in Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy and to our teams for earning this great achievement.

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

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Double wins for Burness Paull and Brodies at IP awards

Burness Paull LLP and Brodies LLP have scored double wins for their intellectual property teams at an international awards ceremony.

The Managing IP Awards saw Burness Paull named winners of the Scottish Patent Contentious Firm of the Year and also Scottish Copyright Firm of the Year awards at the event which took place in the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last week.

Brodies was recognised for the seventh consecutive year, picking up the awards for Scotland’s Trade Mark Contentious Firm of the Year and IP Transactions and Advisory Firm of the Year.

Brodies’ IP team received the awards in recognition of excellence in innovation and specialist intellectual property work over the past 12 months.

Burness Paull’s IP practice is led by Colin Hulme, the only Scottish IP litigator ranked as band 1 in Chambers UK and as a “leading individual” in Legal 500.

He said: “The patents award is reflective of the ongoing work we are doing with AstraZeneca in the Court of Session and acting for both operators and major service companies on patent disputes in Scotland and internationally in the oil and gas sector.

“The breadth of our practice is underlined by the copyright award in recognition of our work for significant rights-holder clients such as the Harris Tweed Authority, Sky, PPL, PRS for Music and the enforcement of their rights across Scotland ensures we are the heaviest user of the Scottish IP Court by some margin.”

Robert Buchan, partner and head of Brodies’ contentious IP team, said: “IP continues to be critical in safeguarding the future of many businesses, encouraging innovation and improving the bottom line. This year we have worked on international patent and trade mark disputes and high value IP transactions, as well as using the local Scottish courts to successfully protect valuable IP rights.

“Receiving these awards from Managing IP for the seventh consecutive year is a great honour, and is testament to the hard work of the team at Brodies, not to mention our clients, who we thank for continuing to trust us with challenging and interesting mandates.”

About Burness Paull LLP:

Lawyers like data. So here are the numbers:

We have over 530 people.

We operate from three offices.

This year we have worked on over £42.8bn of deals in more than 60 jurisdictions.

And we have one goal. To be the Best Scottish Law Firm in the World.

But it’s not the numbers that make us special.

Don’t take it from us. Take it from our clients.