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Dentons names Michael Zolandz to head its Washington DC office

Dentons has announced the appointment of Michael Zolandz as managing partner of its Washington DC office. Zolandz chairs Dentons’ Federal Regulatory and Compliance practice, and is a key leader in the firm’s Global Public Policy and Regulation and Government practices. He has focused on creative solutions to clients’ most challenging regulatory and commercial issues. His practice has focused on cross-border commerce, including regulatory investigations, trade and export controls, and anti-corruption due diligence.

Zolandz also advises clients on cross-border transactions and regulations related to international commerce, including inbound foreign investment reviews under the jurisdiction of CFIUS. He has developed and enhanced compliance programs and conducted regulatory investigations and remediation of trade control and anti-corruption matters for many of the Firm’s largest clients, as well multinational companies across industry sectors throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and US.

“Mike is an outstanding lawyer and strong leader whose collaborative team-oriented approach to client service will be a tremendous asset to our strategy in the Washington, DC market and serve as a model to the lawyers in that office,” said Mike McNamara, Chief Executive Officer of Dentons US. “DC is a key office in the US region, and the exceptional lawyers here are working on some of the most complex and exciting projects of the Firm. Mike is a highly-regarded leader inside the Firm and in the global legal community, and under his guidance the office will continue to flourish.”

Zolandz has also counseled on campaign finance and ethics law, lobbying disclosure requirements and pay-to-play restrictions, including the formation and management of federal and state political action committees, Securities and Exchange Commission and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board rules related to investment advisors, and compliance programs for both lobbying disclosure and political activity. His experience also includes advising and counseling US technology developers and software companies, a Global 500 insurance company, leading financial institutions, an international cellular conglomerate, Indian and Chinese corporations, and a multinational energy company.

A prolific writer he has written articles for Law360, Global Trade, WorldECR Report and Westlaw Journal. He has also given presentations for the American Bar Association, the Economic Sanctions and Financial Crime Forum (London), the Annual CLE Seminar for In-House Counsel and Thomson Reuters Accelus. Zolandz earned his JD and BA from George Washington University, with high honors and cum laude, respectively.

Norton Rose advises consortium of banks on $500m bond issuance

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Dubai (DIFC) Branch, J.P. Morgan Securities plc and Société Générale as joint lead managers on a US$500 million bond issuance by Emirates NBD Bank PJSC.

The notes are due February 2025 and were issued off Emirates NBD Bank PJSC’s $12,500,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme, which was updated in July 2019 and on which Norton Rose Fulbright also advised.

The Dubai-based Norton Rose Fulbright team was led by head of debt capital markets for the Middle East, Gregory Man, with assistance from senior associate, Ganna Vlasenko.

Gregory Man commented: “We are proud to have been involved in this transaction. This deal builds on Norton Rose Fulbright’s track record of advising on notable bond transactions in the region and once again provided us with the opportunity to represent many of our leading financial institutions clients.”

About Norton Rose Fulbright

We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3,700 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognised for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.

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Kim Askew joins DLA Piper’s Employment practice in Dallas

DLA Piper announced today that Kim Askew has joined the firm’s Employment practice as a partner in the Dallas office.

Askew represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as in complex commercial disputes including business torts, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements.

“Kim is widely regarded as one of the top employment and commercial litigators in Texas, and her addition to the firm bolsters our Employment team and supports our goal of bringing on partners with deep experience in handling high-profile matters of consequence, together with a strong track record of professionalism and success,” said Brian Kaplan, chair of DLA Piper’s US Employment practice and co-chair of the global Employment practice. “She has been recognised repeatedly for her accomplishments and distinguished service to the legal profession and we couldn’t be happier that Kim has chosen to join our team.”

“As we continue to expand our presence in Dallas, Kim will play a key role in allowing us to increase our service offerings and better respond to the needs of clients,” said Marc Katz, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office. “She is well-known as an involved and enthusiastic leader in the legal and business communities in Dallas, and we are thrilled to welcome her on board.”

Askew, who joins from K&L Gates, received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her B.A. from Knoxville College. She is the recipient of dozens of local, regional and national awards for her achievements and contributions, including her groundbreaking work on diversity, from organisations such as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Women’s Foundation, the American Inns of Court, Texas Lawyer, D Magazine (Dallas 500), Lawdragon 500 and Best Lawyers in America.

Latham & Watkins launches new LiveWell Center in Los Angeles

Latham & Watkins LLP today opened the LiveWell Center, the firm’s new on-site health center in its Los Angeles office, managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The new center expands the firm’s market-leading well-being platform — LiveWell Latham — which, for over a decade, has provided innovative physical and mental well-being programs designed to meet the unique needs of its personnel.

“I’m thrilled to see the center launch in Los Angeles and proud to be the first law firm in the country with an on-site health center managed by the prestigious Johns Hopkins,” said Larry Seymour, Office Managing Partner in Los Angeles. “This is an important and exciting milestone and is further testament to our strong commitment to support the well-being of our employees.”

The LiveWell Center provides a variety of medical and preventive services such as acute care for minor illnesses and injuries, screenings, flu shots, travel immunisations, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and blood work. The new center will also provide counseling and well-being coaching, chronic disease prevention and management, and physical therapy.

“While many on-site clinics focus primarily on acute care, we intentionally expanded our services to include preventive care, chronic disease management, mental health counseling, and physical therapy,” said Annette Sciallo, Director of Global Benefits & Well-Being at Latham & Watkins. “It’s about removing barriers to care and making it easy for our lawyers and staff to focus on their health proactively.”

These expanded services complement the ongoing programs of LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, including concerted efforts across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia around mental health, resilience, diabetes prevention, ergonomics, and other areas.

Latham’s Chief Operating Officer LeeAnn Black added: “The LiveWell Center is the latest innovation in our decade-long journey to foster and support a culture of well-being across the firm. The health and well-being of our people remains a top priority for Latham, and we are committed to investing in best-in-class resources that help them thrive.”

LiveWell Center services are available to all lawyers and staff in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles offices, as well as those visiting on firm business — with nearly all services being free of charge.

Johns Hopkins Medicine manages the LiveWell Center in adherence with Johns Hopkins medical protocols. The experienced clinical team is led by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and includes two well-being counselors, two physical therapists, and a Registered Nurse.

The firm plans to open a second LiveWell Center with Johns Hopkins in New York when the office relocates to 1271 Avenue of the Americas in 2020.

About LiveWell Latham

LiveWell Latham, the firm’s global health and well-being program, launched in 2010 and promotes health, safety and overall well-being for Latham attorneys and staff across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our initiatives range from customised resilience and mindfulness programs to bespoke mental health trainings; diabetes prevention to executive health; cancer support to telemedicine; and ergonomics assessments by over 100 in-house trained ergonomics specialists. The firm also runs an annual “Spring Challenge,” entering its 12th year, in which approximately 100 team leaders across the firm lead their offices in a Fitbit-based physical activity competition. These efforts are led by a long-standing dedicated and experienced well-being team focused on the development and implementation of the firm’s innovative program.

New Managing Partner begins term at Stoel Rives LLP

Stoel Rives LLP is proud to announce that Sacramento litigation partner Melissa A. Jones became the new Firm Managing Partner, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Jones is one of the youngest partners to lead an AmLaw 200 firm, reflecting a generational change that is impacting the legal profession nationwide. Stoel Rives partners elected Jones to the office last year, giving her an opportunity to work closely with outgoing Firm Managing Partner James E. Torgerson while transitioning into the new role.

“This is a great time to be part of the team at Stoel Rives,” said Jones. “We are working on exciting and cutting-edge legal issues for our clients, we have terrific colleagues and a collaborative culture, we are more committed than ever to improving diversity and inclusion, and we are building a firm for the future. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the firm in this new role.”

Jones takes the reins at Stoel Rives after another successful year. In 2019, the firm added more than 20 attorneys to its Seattle office, primarily in the areas of corporate and real estate law. It also became one of only five law firms nationwide to launch the Move The Needle Fund, in partnership with Diversity Lab. The firm also continued focusing on practice optimisation efforts to ensure it continues to provide high quality client service and value.

During her time at Stoel Rives, Jones has served as the California Office Managing Partner, the Chair of the Compensation Committee, as a member of the Practice Management Committee and of the Executive Committee.

“As a member of Stoel Rives’ executive leadership, Melissa has been an integral part of our ongoing strategy to strengthen the firm’s foundation for continued success by hiring bright legal talent and adopting smart business practices,” said Torgerson. “Melissa is the dynamic leader the firm needs now, and we all are confident that under her leadership, Stoel Rives will continue to serve as valued legal counsel for leading companies throughout the United States.”

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

BoyarMiller advises on the acquisition of Amtel, LLC

BoyarMiller provided legal counsel to Houston-based Amtel Partners, LLC in the purchase of Amtel, LLC, which closed on August 30, 2019. Amtel Partners was led by CEO Andy Priest and President Jeff Bookout.

Based in Grapevine, Texas, Amtel is a leading T-Mobile Premium Retailer (TPR) with 152 locations across multiple U.S. geographies, including Texas, California, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, New York and Massachusetts. Amtel is led by long-tenured wireless retail industry veterans who manage a team of highly talented, store-level employees that deliver world-class customer service and leading T-Mobile system operational performance.

“We specifically sought out attorneys that would be deal makers and not deal killers. Bill Boyar came highly recommended from the investment banking community and proved to be creative and a deal maker, for sure,” said Priest. “Bill’s relationships with banks and his experience with credit agreements really helped to get us across the finish line. We look forward to growing the company and to furthering the relationship with Bill and BoyarMiller.”

The BoyarMiller team included co-founding Shareholder Bill Boyar, Senior Associate Cyrus Chin and Associate Alex Parker. The transaction was financed through a senior credit facility provided by Amegy Bank, Woodforest National Bank and Bank of Texas. GulfStar Group served as the financing and structuring advisor to Amtel Partners in the debt placement.

“We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Andy Priest and his team, and the GulfStar team led by Scott Winship and Brian Lobo, to complete this capital formation and acquisition. It was a true team effort to overcome several challenges and get the transaction closed. I am particularly proud of the work our BoyarMiller team did to get us to closing,” said Boyar.

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