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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.

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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP recognised by Best Lawyers®

Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) LLP, one of the world’s largest immigration law firms, has been named “Immigration Law Firm of the Year” by US News – Best Lawyers®. Only one law firm per legal practice area receives this recognition, making the award a significant achievement. BAL has also received a First Tier ranking in Houston, San Francisco and Washington, DC by Best Lawyers®.

The award caps a tremendous milestone year for the firm:

  • Opening of a 60-person office in mid-town Manhattan.
  • Establishing an unprecedented strategic alliance with Deloitte UK that combines the best of Deloitte’s scale, expertise and breadth outside of the US with BAL’s unparalleled legal expertise and high quality immigration services in the US.
  • Launching a large-scale Center of Excellence in Richardson, Texas to support over 600 cross-functional professionals including attorneys, legal and operational staff, as well as expansions of offices in Boston, Houston, McLean, Va. and Walnut Creek, Ca.
  • Unveiling of the industry’s first mobile immigration app, enabling anytime, anywhere case management across Android and iOS devices. The app is a component of Cobalt® the firm’s innovative digital immigration platform.

Commenting on the award, Managing Partner Jeremy Fudge stated, “This has been another extraordinary year for BAL. We have been quietly leading the industry for several years now and are honoured to receive the US News – Best Lawyers® ”Law Firm of the Year’ in immigration.”

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers® “Law Firm of the Year” awards are country and practice area specific. They are determined based on a handful of factors, including: feedback from lawyers recognized by Best Lawyers® on individual lawyer and firm-wide work, the size and coverage of the firm in a specific practice area, historical analysis of the firm’s “Lawyer of the Year” awards in this area, and research surrounding the firm’s overall scope and areas of expertise.

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

BAL is singularly focused on meeting the immigration challenges of corporate clients around the world in ways that make immigration more strategic and enable clients to be more successful. Established in 1980, the firm provides immigration expertise, top-notch information security and leading technology innovation like its Cobalt® digital immigration services platform. In 2018, the firm formed a strategic alliance with Deloitte UK to create the world’s first global immigration service delivery model. BAL and its leaders are highly ranked in every major legal publication, including Best Lawyers, Chambers, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal. For more information about Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, please visit: http://www.balglobal.com/

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Effects Of Brexit On Business | Consult With Dechert

Dechert is ‘the go-to firm’ in this space offering ‘cutting-edge and innovative advice’ on Brexit issues – Ranked Tier 1 Risk Advisory: Brexit, The Legal 500 UK 2017.

Lawyers in Dechert’s International Trade and EU Law practice bring a unique perspective to the legal and commercial analysis surrounding Brexit, having significant background and knowledge of the EU and the UK’s engagement with it. Our team members’ experience includes working on legal and policy issues for the European Commission, negotiating on behalf of Member States in the Council, and serving in various roles within the UK Government, including HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Office.

We are working with a range of industry bodies and businesses to develop their positions, to translate their priorities into an advocacy strategy and to plan ahead for the different potential outcomes to be faced on 29 March 2019.

Exactly what effects could Brexit have?

Dechert’s sectoral experts work closely alongside our International Trade, EU Law and Government Regulation team to map out the impact the Brexit may have on any given sector and business and advise on the trade and regulatory consequences.

Our lawyers have also authored updates on:

– Asset Management
– Competition Law
– Data Protection
– Employment Law
– Financial Services
– Imports and Exports
– Intellectual Property
– International Arbitration and Litigation
– Legal Framework
– Trade Agreements

What should I be doing now?

The majority of businesses operating with or in the UK should have already begun:

Reviewing and identifying aspects of the business that rely on, or assume the applicability of, pan-EU arrangements such as EU rules of origin and customs procedures, passporting for financial services, EU-wide medicine licenses, etc.

Understanding the actual (or likely) position of the UK, the EU Governments and EU institutions on the contents of the exit agreement, as well as the ambitions for the future UK-EU trading relationship.

Establishing what the UK’s baseline obligations in the WTO and other international bodies means for your business.

Identifying EU laws which currently impact both your operations and that of your wider industry.

Identifying the nature and extent of interaction with pan-EU agencies.

Considering a government relations strategy (whether directly or through an industry group). Identify key proposals or considerations. Make these reasoned, evidence-based, granular and ambitious, while taking account of political realities. Respond to government consultations.

Considering the impact on your supply chains and customer base.

Looking at the nuts and bolts of your business including your data protection obligations; contractual terms; employment rights; intellectual property plans; and ongoing litigation.

How Dechert can help

We have already helped industry bodies, companies and governments to develop their positions; to define clear priorities, red lines and concrete bespoke proposals; to translate this into an advocacy strategy that best fits their needs; and to plan for the different potential outcomes to be faced on 30 March 2019.

Our team’s previous experience, not only in the UK government and European institutions, but in the products and advocacy we have undertaken since the Brexit vote, offers clear benefits for Dechert’s clients and has ensured that many are now in a strong position whatever shape the Brexit negotiations will take in the future. When necessary the team can also call upon both local and internationally-based sectoral experts across Dechert to identify potential steps during the forthcoming negotiations that may help to minimize any risks associated with Brexit while also maximizing opportunities for clients. Three particular areas we recommend:

Conduct rigorous gap-analysis: based on an understanding of the likely Brexit options, identifying in detail the issues that businesses will face, where further research is required and where the key risks and opportunities lie.

Define priorities and red lines: the objectives should be ambitious while taking account of political realities, based on rigorous analysis and hard data that will stand up to scrutiny.

Design and implement an effective engagement strategy: development policy papers and detailed draft treaty language for use with decision-makers in the UK and EU governments and institutions.

Dechert has a team ideally placed to help, with offices in London, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Munich, Luxembourg and Paris. In addition to deep UK and EU legal expertise, our team has practical and policy experience – including of trade negotiations – developed at the European Commission, the Council and a range of UK bodies including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Cabinet Office, the Bank of England, HM Treasury, the Foreign Office, and the Attorney-General’s Office.

In addition to the deep expertise offered by our lawyers, Dechert also collaborates closely with leading firms of accountants, providing you with an evaluation not only of the legal implications for you and your sector, but also the economic implications. This combined approach can often assist with understanding the relative importance of risks identified. We would be pleased to arrange such a collaborative approach for you, and to recommend accountancy firms who with whom we have successfully collaborated previously.