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Latham & Watkins recognised with Humanitarian Award

The Inner City Law Center has awarded Latham & Watkins it’s 2020 Humanitarian Award for being a “steadfast supporter and zealous pro bono partner.”

As noted in this short video presentation of the Award, while working with the Inner City Law Center, Latham has “fought unlawful evictions, [helped people] access safe and affordable housing, helped veterans get vital VA benefits, and fought for justice for the most vulnerable among us.”

The Inner City Law Center is a non-profit poverty-law firm serving the poorest and most vulnerable residents of Los Angeles. The Center fights for justice for individuals experiencing homelessness, low-income tenants, working-poor families, immigrants, people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities, and homeless veterans.

Thank you and congratulations to all our Latham attorneys and staff who have worked on so many matters with the Center and its clients over the past 20 years.

Consumer mobility shifts as the global pandemic forces change

The acceleration of consumer mobility preferences have rapidly shifted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Strategy& report. The findings from Strategy&’s 9th annual Digital Auto Report focus on how Connected, Automated, Smart Mobility and Electric (CASE) strategies have had to be re-evaluated due to the global pandemic.

As a result of shifting mobility modes, the survey findings reveal most consumers are hesitant to use shared transportation. Consumers prefer to use their own vehicle over shared mobility and public transportation as a result of COVID-19. Shared mobility decreased the most in Germany with 77% of respondents intending to use less car sharing while the same holds true in both the US (56%) and in China (51%). In both China and the United States, consumers prefer the use of their own vehicle, while in Germany, the increase of commuting in cars is still equal to commuting on both bike and foot. Overall, seamless mobility solutions are still key for consumers.

Additionally, the total number of vehicles is expected to decrease in Europe (-1.2%) and increase in both the United States (+1.1%) and China (+3.9%) until 2035. This is primarily due to mobility growth (highest in China), consumer preferences for shared mobility (lowest in United States) and the average life of a vehicle until it is deposed (highest in Europe).

Though mobility preferences are changing, shared mobility providers can take steps to win back consumers, such as regular cleaning and disinfection. Consumers shared that these things are more important than lower prices in light of the pandemic.

Safety and navigation rank the highest for consumers, followed closely by vehicle management and vehicle features as a service. While connected services are important, the survey findings reveal that only consumers primarily in China (58%) are willing to pay for these services.

Gasoline continues to be the most preferred powertrain in both Germany and the United States. In China, 68% of consumers under the age of 40 prefer electric powertrains, while only 46% in Germany and 37% in the United States prefer electric powertrains.

Anil Khurana, PwC Global Leader, Industrial Manufacturing & Automotive comments, “Consumers’ mobility preferences are rapidly changing based on comfortability and technology. It’s paramount that the mobility industry quickly adapts to the new needs and expectations of consumers. CASE technologies and COVID-19 are game changers that will have lasting effects for years to come.”

Eversheds Sutherland announces NYU School of Law Scholarship Fund

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has established the Eversheds Sutherland Tax Scholarship Fund at New York University’s School of Law. The Fund will be used to provide tuition assistance annually to one LLM student in the law school’s Graduate Tax Program to further inclusivity in the study of tax law.

“We are proud to partner with NYU to promote opportunities for underrepresented groups to join the tax profession,” said Jeffrey A. Friedman, Eversheds Sutherland’s US Tax Practice Group Leader and adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Law. “The Eversheds Sutherland Tax Scholarship Fund is an important part of our broader effort to recruit talented lawyers to join the tax community.”

“We are so pleased to be working with NYU Law’s Graduate Tax Program to make this scholarship available to students,” says Vanessa A. Scott, Chief Diversity Officer and Tax Partner at Eversheds Sutherland. “We are committed to promoting diversity both within our firm and within the broader tax community.”

Eversheds Sutherland serves as tax counsel to many of the world’s most prominent corporations—including more than 35 of the Fortune 100—in every area of federal, international, state and local tax law. More than 100 tax attorneys represent taxpayers in federal, international, employee benefits, insurance, tax exempt, and state and local tax matters. Eversheds Sutherland handles intricate federal, international, and state and local tax matters, providing custom solutions to address our clients’ tax needs.

Duane Morris named a Standout Firm by BTI Consulting Group

Duane Morris has been named a Standout Firm in Class Actions Litigation, Cybersecurity Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation by BTI Consulting Group.

According to BTI:

  • As litigation (of all types) is starting to pile up in what is expected to be a tsunami of litigation, corporate counsel re-evaluate their options of law firms based on current performance, response-to-date to the pandemic, ongoing interactions and prior performance.
  • Top legal decision makers identified the firms best suited to meet their most pressing litigation needs.

If you would like to find out more information about BTI Consulting Group, please visit: https://bticonsulting.com/

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

Gerry Pecht elected as Global Chief Executive

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced today the election of Gerry Pecht as Global Chief Executive of Norton Rose Fulbright, effective January 1, 2021. Gerry Pecht will succeed Peter Martyr, who has led Norton Rose and then Norton Rose Fulbright since 2002.

Currently Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Gerry Pecht commented “I am proud and honoured to be elected Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive. Over the past ten years, we have built a global platform with exceptional lawyers serving valued clients in virtually every major business centre. The quality of our people around the world enables us to collaborate on a truly global level. I look forward to building on our platform and taking our firm to the next phase of its evolution. As Global Chief Executive, I will promote our firm’s unity and strategic alignment, emphasise our client service focus, utilise our technological and innovative advantages and optimise our financial performance.”

“I will also place a priority on social engagement. Lawyers play a special role in society, and our firm must use its influence to fight racism, sexism and social injustice. Diversity and inclusion is a key focus for our firm and a cause I will continue to champion.”

“On behalf of the global business, I would like to thank Peter Martyr for the outstanding contribution he has made to the firm as its first Global Chief Executive, and I am committed to continuing to build on the foundations laid by Peter.”

Peter Martyr, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Chief Executive, added “Gerry is a highly experienced business leader, with whom I have worked closely over the past eight years. Gerry is a US lawyer with a global personal and professional background, making him well equipped to drive the firm’s global business transformation strategy. The firm is in good hands, and I am certain it will flourish under his leadership.”

Gerry has been a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee since 2013 and has served as Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation since 2014. He joined our Houston office in 1980 and was named a partner in 1987.

Regularly representing publicly traded companies located both within and outside the US and their officers and directors, Gerry built a commercial litigation practice focused on securities litigation and enforcement, energy litigation, internal corporate investigations, international litigation and arbitration. Both Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States have recognised Gerry for his work in securities litigation.

Eversheds Sutherland tax practice expands SALT team

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce the addition of Breen M. Schiller and Nikki E. Dobay to the firm’s Tax Practice Group as State and Local Tax (SALT) partners. Ms. Schiller will join the firm’s Chicago office and Ms. Dobay will join the firm’s Sacramento office in the next few weeks.

Ms. Schiller is joining the firm from Horwood Marcus & Berk in Chicago, where she had been the Chair of the SALT practice group. In addition to Ms. Schiller’s Illinois tax experience, she has consulted with clients on state and local tax issues across the country, including for several of Eversheds Sutherland’s existing clients. She regularly consults and represents some of the largest taxpayers in the US.

Ms. Dobay is joining from the Council On State Taxation (COST), where she had been senior tax counsel. Ms. Dobay joins former COST lawyers Jeff Friedman and Todd Lard, both of whom represented COST’s members on state tax matters before joining Eversheds Sutherland. She has extensive Oregon tax experience, including with the state’s newly imposed Commercial Activity Tax. Ms. Dobay also has represented clients on state tax policy matters across the US. Her legislative and regulatory experience will add to the firm’s considerable state tax policy practice.

“I am excited to welcome Breen and Nikki to the firm and our Tax Practice,” said Mark D. Wasserman, Co-CEO of Eversheds Sutherland. “Their outstanding reputations and experience will further elevate our SALT services and expand our capabilities in important geographic regions for our clients. We plan to continue to grow our tax practice and the firm overall through internal promotions and additional strategic lateral hiring.”

“We are fortunate to attract Breen and Nikki to our Tax Practice,” said Jeffrey A. Friedman, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Group. “Adding Breen and Nikki also reflects the firm’s focus on growing our Midwest and West Coast tax presence. Their skill sets and unique backgrounds are a natural fit for our group.”

Eversheds Sutherland’s Tax Practice is comprised of more than 100 attorneys representing many of the world’s largest corporations—including more than 35 of the Fortune 100—in every industry sector and in virtually every area of tax law, on the federal, international, state and local levels. By virtue of the size of its tax practice and its varied client base, Eversheds Sutherland is active in every area of taxation—from planning the most complex corporate tax transactions to representing taxpayers in administrative and judicial tax controversies.