Lawyers, let's talk about climate change
The scientific community has been warning us for years about the irreversibility of the sustainability of the planet due to the consequences of climate change. There is a consensus of alertness among scientists, but is there this concern among lawyers?  The International Bar Association (IBA),...
Editor - 24 September 2020
For innovative lawyers: Know all about The Changing Lawyers Awards
The Changing Lawyer Awards will be held on October 1st and will give the opportunity to professionals related to the legal sector (individuals, law firms, and companies). The deadline for submissions is 25 September. Below are the prizes that will be awarded in this trophy: The Law firm of the Yea...
Editor - 23 September 2020
BigLaw’s Big Changes
Vast, global law firms, with upwards of 1000 partners and thousands of staff in cities around the world, have been a feature of the legal scene for years. After a tough global recession in 2008, these businesses bounced back, continuing to expand, acquire or partner with firms in every corner of the...
Duncan Weston - 23 September 2020
Asian leadership: two reasons why the Asia-Pacific region will be prosperous to invest
Keeping an eye on Asia's future: 4 of the 5 largest economies in the world will come from that region in 2024. If there is currently a region in which to invest, it is the Asia-Pacific. According to the World Bank and the Global Fund International, the five economically largest countries will be Ch...
Editor - 22 September 2020
Cuatrecasas advises Grupo Bel to become a shareholder in a large Portuguese media corporation
Cuatrecasas has advised Grupo Bel on the negotiations for entering as shareholder in Global Media Group, a media corporation that owns 19 Portuguese media outlets such as Diário de Notícias and TSF, and holds a stake in the news agency Lusa.  The legal team that advised Grupo Bel...
Editor - 22 September 2020 Portugal
7 tips to manage your law firm successfully
Many lawyers wonder how to run a law firm, especially in these uncertain times. There is no guide that tells you how to successfully run your law firm, but if it helps, the New York State Bar Associaton presents 7 tips to fear success with your law firm: 1. Create a business plan It is essential ...
Álvaro Navarro Sotillos - 21 September 2020
Linklaters: law firm of the year in Africa according to IFLR Africa Awards 2020
Linklaters has been designated as the international law firm of the year at the IFLR Africa Awards 2020. The judging panel had been composed of editors and journalists from IFLR. “The IFLR awards recognise legal innovation in cross-border transactions. To be considered, all deals must have cl...
Editor - 21 September 2020
Gide advises a big health and provident insurance company on its acquisition of CGRM
Gide has advised the health and provident insurance wholesaler SPVIE Assurances on its acquisition of CGRM, a subsidiary of Gras Savoye Willis Towers Watson that specialises in the management of complementary health insurance. Gide's team advising SPVIE Assurances comprised partner Axelle Toulemond...
Editor - 19 September 2020
Why is the Government of Singapore funding the technological upgrading of law firms?
If you are working in a law firm that has an office in Singapore, you cannot fail to be interested in the technology program for firms launched by the Singapore Ministry of Law in May 2019, which ends in January 2021. This program costs the first year of investment for the implementation and improv...
Álvaro Navarro Sotillos - 18 September 2020 Singapore
What work Jones Day does in the Jeddah Airport 2 ISTP Project in Saudi Arabia?
Jones Day has acted as legal counsel on the financial closing of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s largest privately-financed sewage treatment plant, the Jeddah Airport 2 ISTP.  The project forms part of the Saudi Government’s Vision 2030 and will bring significant benefits to the city ...
Editor - 17 September 2020 Saudi Arabia
WEBINAR 24th SEPTEMBER (10.30am US Eastern Time): "Myths & Truths about Innovation in the legal sector"
On Thursday 24th September, The Impact Lawyers will host a webinar regarding the "Myths & Truths about Innovation in the legal sector", which will be led by Karol Valencia, Legal Project Leader & Legal Service Designer at eID (Europe) & Lawcus (USA). Karol develops private consulting an...
Editor - 17 September 2020
ClarkeModet Brazil announces the appointment of Ricardo Boclin as the Technical and Legal Services Director
ClarkeModet has appointed Ricardo Boclin to be the Technical and Legal Services Director in Brazil. Under his area, the company brings together both the technical and legal advisory services in Intellectual Property. The new director will join the company to lead a team of over 30 professionals that...
Editor - 16 September 2020 Brazil
Justice delayed is justice denied. The importance of an expeditious and reasoned judgement
Court orders handed down long after the conclusion of a hearing – up to two years’ later in some cases – or delivered without the judge providing reasons for the decision, are contrary to the rule of law, prolong uncertainty and delay the delivery of justice.  The matter of M...
Henri Strydom - 16 September 2020 South Africa
Agile working - the new normal
The legal profession has been seeking to adapt to more agile working for a number of years now.  The profession historically has been known for its focus on presenteeism and a culture of long hours in the office.  This way of working has been challenged by the growing numbers of new entran...
Sarah Gregory - 16 September 2020
King & Wood Mallesons: top 1 law firm in Asia Pacific
King & Wood Mallesons has been named the number one law firm in the Asia Pacific region, according to Acritas's 2020 Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index. The firm has replaced Baker McKenzie as the top firm on this list. In third place is Herbert Smith Freehills. The high performance of King &...
Editor - 15 September 2020
What you must know about the Singapore Convention on Mediation
The Singapore Convention on Mediation has entered into force since 12 September 2020. This convention will concern the viability of a multitude of commercial contracts as well as helping to further globalise world economies.  We now set out the most relevant features of this convention:  ...
Editor - 15 September 2020 Singapore
Rasha Gerges Shields: co-chair Los Angeles Police Commission's Advisory Committee on Building Trust and Equity
Rasha Gerges Shields, partner Jones Day's Los Angeles Office, has been selected to serve as co-chair of the Los Angeles Police Commission's newly formed Advisory Committee on Building Trust and Equity. Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners announced in July a series of reforms to enhance accoun...
Editor - 14 September 2020 United States of America
GreenLaw recognised in Australian Pro Bono Centre’s 2020 Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis
GreenLaw, founded by Annika Reynolds, has recently been recognised as a key civil society organisation tackling climate change by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The Centre’s latest guide has been formally endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment and outlines c...
Eleanor Cooper - 14 September 2020 Australia
The current situation of M&A in the Energy Sector
The Pandemic has affected most of the world's economies, especially that of the United States. Now, it is necessary to look at the evolution of the markets and it is important to observe the viability of a large part of the transactions. The Winston & Strawn LLP team is aware of the trends that ...
Editor - 12 September 2020 United States of America
10 actions for change
In the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd, Herbert Smith Freehills began a deeper conversation with its lawyers about improving ethnic diversity across the firm, and how it could work harder to build a supportive, respectful environment where everyone could thrive. The firm has unveiled 10 ...
Editor - 11 September 2020
DWF and its economic recovery
DWF has announced signs of economic recovery as a result of its cuts. Its second quarter earnings (to 31 July) rose by 20% to £84.3m.  In this quarter, DWF reported a loss of £600,000, against £1.9 million of pre-tax profits in the same period last year. Even so, the firm de...
Editor - 11 September 2020
Social Media for Lawyers
One of the greatest inventions of the modern time is the internet whose impact on society has been hugely phenomenal. With the internet, came social networks such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram just to mention a few. All these collectively are referred to as social mediai.   ...
Adedunmade Onibokun - 10 September 2020
CMS's expansion in the Middle East
CMS is deciding to expand in the Middle East and has demonstrated this by opening a new office in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Through this opening, CMS has six offices in the region, located in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iraq.  The attorney appointed to lead this new office is ...
Editor - 10 September 2020 United Arab Emirates
Lawyers: How to disconnect from work
In many cases the profession of lawyer is stressful and produces a lot of fatigue for the professional himself. To perform at your best in the office you need to know how to turn off your mind and be able to relax for just the right amount of time.  Chronic stress can cause psychological probl...
Editor - 09 September 2020
Can I go to the Permanent Court of Arbitration despite the COVID?
Because of the Pandemic many courts and tribunals closed their doors, maintaining the judicial and arbitration procedures by telematic and virtual means. This is the case of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, located in The Hague (Netherlands).  In this sense, the Permanent Court of Arbitrati...
Editor - 09 September 2020 Netherlands
A successful collaboration between two great firms in South Africa
KISCH IP and Probity Advisory have embarked on a journey of collaboration to introduce a team of specialist professionals qualified to provide an integrated full-spectrum, multidisciplinary service offering incorporating IP and commercial law, tax compliance, corporate finance and forensic practices...
Editor - 09 September 2020 South Africa
How do large firms move into the recruitment market?
Law firms are trying to come out stronger despite the difficulties the pandemic has presented them with in recent months.  In this regard, it has been noted that large firms continue promoting and signing talent within the legal sector.  Thus, we will now summarise the activity of three ...
Editor - 08 September 2020
Hydrogen in Australia: a great opportunity for law firms
Australia has positioned itself as a future key in the Hydrogen sector. The Australian government has a clear roadmap for reducing the use of polluting energy and strengthening its path towards a sustainable future. Therefore, law firms are facing a new and great market opportunity. 'Net zero by 20...
Álvaro Navarro Sotillos - 08 September 2020 Australia
The finalists of the Women in law awards 2020
The Women in Law Awards 2020 has published the law firms and lawyers who are finalists for this year's awards.  Among the finalists are prestigious firms such as Baker McKenzie, CMS, Simmons & Simmons, Allen & Overy, Clyde & Co, among others.  The awards ceremony will take pl...
Editor - 07 September 2020
A vast majority of the U.S. lawyers want to return to work in the office
A large majority of U.S. attorneys prefer to return to the office, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Gensler Law Firm.  Specifically, 74% of the lawyers surveyed are willing to return to work in the office, while 26% prefer a flexible workplace arrangement. Another interes...
Editor - 06 September 2020 United States of America
More than 50% of in-house lawyers are confident of keeping their jobs during the pandemic
According to a survey made by The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), 50.9% of the in-house lawyers were “not at all” concerned about losing their job. 26.1% reported being only “a little” concerned. 16.9% are actively looking for new employment. Moreover, 76.5 percent of...
Editor - 05 September 2020
How are the lawyers at Baker McKenzie returning to the offices?
In August, we proceeded with a ‘soft’ re-opening of our office space. This has been limited to allow 20 people in to the building on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Access to the office has been limited to those whose roles cannot effectively be discharged from home, or those who feel a ...
Baker Mckenzie - 04 September 2020
Arizona opens the door for non-lawyers to invest in law firms and provide legal advice to clients
Arizona has approved the possibility of non-lawyers owning a law firm. On the other hand, it has also opened the door for non-lawyers to provide legal advice to their clients. The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to remove the rule that prevented non-lawyers from having a financial interest ...
Álvaro Navarro Sotillos - 04 September 2020
Large law firms are making working hours more flexible
Squire Patton Boggs has decided to abolish working hours in the UK and is beginning to test improved flexible working while adopting an open floor plan at its new London headquarters, which opens this week. Around 170 lawyers are moving into the firm's new headquarters. "In our planning for the ...
Editor - 04 September 2020 United Kingdom
Notorious lawyer returns to Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced the returning of Brian Benczkowski as a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Practice Group, after serving two years as Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division. &...
Editor - 03 September 2020
Cleary Gottlieb: International Arbitration Team of the Year by 2020 Legal Business Awards
Cleary Gottlieb has been named the international arbitration team of the year at the 2020 Legal Business Awards.  The firm was lauded for securing one of the largest commercial arbitration awards ever made in 2019.  “Cleary’s technical excellence and understanding, its absolu...
Editor - 03 September 2020
Baker McKenzie strengthens its position by hiring major specialists
Baker McKenzie is reinforcing its Geneva team with five experts in the fields of White-Collar Crime/Compliance & Investigations, Real Estate and Tax as of 1 September 2020, thereby underlining the importance of the Geneva office for the French-speaking Swiss market. The existing team of Simon N...
Editor - 02 September 2020
Anti-burnout #2: Avoiding Covid Burnout
Feeling overloaded, out of control, or unrewarded? Or a bit out of touch with colleagues, sensing the unfairness of your situation, or being asked to do things that don't feel quite right? Welcome to Summer 2020 - worldwide lockdowns. None of us have been exempt from coronavirus and its effects. B...
Angus Lyon - 02 September 2020
Jones Day advises Shiloh Industries, Inc. in Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement with Grouper Holdings
Jones Day is advising Shiloh Industries, Inc., an environmentally focused global supplier of lightweighting, noise and vibration solutions, in its stalking horse stock and asset purchase agreement with Grouper Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of MiddleGround Capital LLC pursuant to which Grouper will acq...
Editor - 02 September 2020
Californa Lawyers Association creates a free online Q&A portal to help people affected by the pandemic
California Lawyers Association (CLA) and Legal Access Alameda announced a new partnership hosting a free online question and answer portal through the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers (FLA) platform. This platform will offer pro bono legal services to Northern Californians affecte...
Editor - 01 September 2020 United States of America
Dentons focuses on Africa with its newest hire
Dentons intends to expand into the African market by hiring Dr. Albrecht Conze, an experienced diplomatic, to work as a Of Counsel in the Berlin office.  Conze has a complete professional career in the diplomatic world having served for over thirty years in Germany and in the European and Unit...
Editor - 01 September 2020
RPC law firm has been designed TMT Team of the year by Legal Business Awards 2020
British law firm RPC's TMT team, led by partners Mark Crichard and Charles Buckworth, advised LINK on the hugely-complex tender process for outsourcing all telecoms and technical infrastructure that sit behind its network (as well as the provision of settlement services) – a network that handl...
Editor - 01 September 2020
Jones Day advises a French company to introduce to the German Hydrogen sector
Jones Day represented Électricité de France SA (EDF) through its affiliates, Hynamics SA and EDF Deutschland, in its inaugural and groundbreaking investment in Germany’s hydrogen sector. EDF has formed a joint venture to construct a 30MW hydrogen electrolysis plant from renewable...
Editor - 31 August 2020 Germany
ECIJA El Salvador strenghts the Department of Technologies incorporating Karla Alas
Through this movement ECIJA El Salvador adds a partner to its team and strengthens a key department for the firm. As a result of this incorporation, ECIJA's office in El Salvador has a team of 5 partners and 9 lawyers, all of whom have the experience and academic skills to ensure that their clients ...
Editor - 31 August 2020 El Salvador
Much of society has begun to be concerned about the protection of their personal data on the Internet after confinement
During the confinement, data transmission has increased exponentially and many people have been victims of cyber attacks. The protection of personal data is a challenge faced by the entire population today. Ahmed Baladi asks, through the article "COVID-19: have individuals' privacy rights been impa...
Editor - 28 August 2020
A new challenge for firms: Cyber threats
Any organization may be the target of a cyberattack, and such attacks may occur anytime. Common cyber threats such as malware, information leakage, ransomware or phishing could have serious – if not existential - consequences for organizations. Hence, Cyber is among the most substantial risks ...
Editor - 27 August 2020
Increased risk of data protection during the pandemic
During the confinement, many companies have had to adapt to the telework format. Many employees have worked days and weeks at home and all data was stored in the cloud.  Teleworking may have brought benefits, but it has also brought risks to both business and personal data protection. In her a...
Editor - 26 August 2020
Protecting your brand in South Africa with the help of Customs
Most brand owners go through the process of registering their trademark to obtain proof that they own the brand and importantly to stop others from using it without permission.  The protection of your brand can also take place through copyright, however, it is always recommended to apply for t...
Jadon Wolmarans - 26 August 2020
Statute of limitation under Iranian law
Under Iranian civil law, in principle, there exists no statute of limitation for bringing a claim to the court of law or arbitration. This procedure is in consistence with the directive of Iran Guardian Council of the Constitution, dated February 16, 1983, in which it ruled that imposing a limitatio...
Oveis Rezvanian - 26 August 2020 Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The Millennials' talents in law
The way of working is changing in law firms. The number of Millennials lawyers working in law firms is increasing. This is an important issue for the managers of the firms, as they have to satisfy the philosophy of the Millennials' work. JP Box tells you in his article "Millennials in the Law: A Ro...
Editor - 25 August 2020
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