Monday, April 18, 2011

2 NEW LAWYERS AT FASKENS IN PARIS
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP has boosted its Paris presence with the addition of partners Arnauld Achard and Lubomir Roglev.

Achard is a capital markets lawyer with expertise in debt capital market transactions, derivative products, asset management, credit transactions, and sovereign debts.

He formerly headed up the capital markets practice in Paris for Simmons & Simmons and has advised banks, corporations, and public institutions on structured finance, derivatives, and capital markets.

Roglev is a corporate lawyer with a practice dedicated to infrastructure, investment transactions, private equity, and energy projects. He’s also active in the Eastern European market.

“Arnauld and Lubomir are both strong and seasoned lawyers. Their business sense, legal knowledge, and books of business represent a huge asset for our firm,” said Serge Gravel, the firm’s managing partner in Paris.

IP HEAVYWEIGHT JOINS GOWLINGS

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP has recruited intellectual property heavyweight Richard Heath as a senior policy adviser.

Based out of the firm’s office in London, England, Heath will work closely with Gowlings’ lawyers in Britain, Moscow, and across Canada.

Heath is a former vice president legal and global anti-counterfeiting counsel at Unilever PLC in Britain and brings with him experience in policy and strategy advice to blue-chip companies and governments with an emphasis on anti-counterfeiting and brand protection.

“It is an honour to have someone of Richard’s calibre join Gowlings,” said Scott Jolliffe, chairman and CEO of Gowlings.

“Richard’s experience at the highest level in developing and implementing intellectual property policy and strategy — both locally and globally — will be of immense value to our clients in Europe and around the world.

This is a further step in developing Gowlings’ London office as part of our integrated service in IP strategy and dispute resolution.”

BENNETT JONES BOOSTS UAE PRESENCE
Bennett Jones LLP has expanded its presence in the United Arab Emirates by opening a second office in the country.

The expansion to the capital city of Abu Dhabi follows the firm’s establishment of a Dubai office.
“Our new Abu Dhabi office is a demonstration of our commitment to the region,” said chairman and CEO Hugh MacKinnon.

“Having a presence in the financial and political hub of the UAE is a great honour for us and will allow us to better serve our clients in the Middle East.”

The new office will advise clients in areas that include corporate law, commercial transactions, infrastructure and project development, foreign investment, and finance.

“Our network in the UAE benefits both our clients in the Gulf and Canada,” said Dany Assaf, Bennett Jones’ Middle East managing partner. “With Canada becoming a growing destination for Gulf investors, we are strategically positioned to facilitate foreign investment and market opportunities between both regions.”

TORONTO FIRM CRACKS TOP 100
Gardiner Roberts LLP is a great place to work, according to a new survey.

The Toronto firm made the list of the top 100 best workplaces in Canada. It’s the third year running that Gardiner Roberts has broken the top 100 on the list compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute.

The institute honoured the firm in part for a workplace recognition scheme that includes a Tiffany gift on key anniversary dates, annual company parties, generous professional development funding, and a relaxed and professional culture.

“We want our people to know how much they’re appreciated and how each of them contributes to the overall well-being of the firm,” said David Fine, Gardiner Roberts’ managing partner for operations. “It’s an honour to be included on the list.”

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