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July 2018

Michal Jaworski, Don MacKinnon, Michael Wilson, Angela Cousins, Stephen Rukavina, Jeannette Aucoin and David Bowden have joined British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Mr. Jaworski joins as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s higher learning practice group. Messrs. MacKinnon and Wilson will join the firm’s commercial real estate team as associates, with Mr. Wilson also working for the firm’s private company mergers and acquisitions group. Mr. Rukavina will join the firm’s tax group; Ms. Aucoin, its family law team; and Mr. Bowden, its intellectual property and technology groups.


Kathryn Campbell and Sarah Rashid have joined Virginia member firm McGuireWoods as members of its healthcare litigation group. Previously, Ms. Campbell served as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier of the Illinois Supreme Court, and Ms. Rashid as a member of an AmLaw 200 firm in St. Louis. The firm’s healthcare litigation group consists of 40 lawyers who handle healthcare-related disputes in all jurisdictions, including all aspects of healthcare litigation and enforcement, such as False Claims Act and qui tam actions, as well as government investigations, payor-provider payment disputes and internal investigations.


Edwin Chia, Kenn Lim and Christopher Huang have been named partners at Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners. Mr. Chia’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, disciplinary proceedings, wills and probate, shareholders’ disputes, and employment matters. He has been involved in matters at all levels of the Singapore courts, and has acted as lead counsel in matters before the High Court of Singapore and disciplinary tribunals. Mr. Lim’s practice covers corporate and commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border investments and private equity transactions. Mr. Huang specializes in tax law and heads the firm’s tax practice group. These promotions take the number of partners at the firm to 18.


Paul Smith has been elected president of Minnesota member firm Larkin Hoffman. He previously chaired the firm’s business litigation department, served as a member of its board of directors and was the firm’s general counsel. Mr. Smith succeeds Bill Griffith, who was initially elected in June 2012 and served six years as the firm’s president. Mr. Smith focuses his practice on commercial disputes, product liability, insurance coverage and construction litigation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.


Former North Carolina congressman Mike McIntyre of North Carolina member firm Poyner Spruill has been named the recipient of the Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award, recognizing a North Carolina lawyer who has rendered a lifetime of exemplary public service. The award was conferred by the North Carolina Bar Association at its annual convention June 21st in Wilmington, North Carolina. In presenting the award, North Carolina Bar Association immediate past president Kearns Davis said Mr. McIntyre has “inspired citizens, students, and his fellow attorneys through his professional, community, civic and personal activities, as well as through his exemplary public service. Throughout his career, Congressman McIntyre has relentlessly advocated for a better understanding of our legal system and has made significant contributions to and on behalf of the legal profession locally, statewide and nationally, and on behalf of North Carolina schools and communities.” As senior advisor and director of government relations at Poyner Spruill, Mr. McIntyre focuses his practice on government work on the local, state and national levels, as well as business, real estate, agribusiness, environmental, military, sports and entertainment law. Before joining the firm, he represented North Carolina's 7th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2015.


Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has announced the launch of its Commercial Litigation Insights blog. Published by the firm’s commercial litigation practice group, which is chaired by Marie-Andrée Vermette, Commercial Litigation Insights will feature commentary on corporate and commercial disputes including contract and shareholder disputes, class actions, cross-border litigation, regulatory issues, and appeals and arbitrations. It is also intended to be a public forum for commentary on current issues. The blog will include case comments on recent decisions and developments of concern to the firm’s clients and potential clients. The blog has been created to be mobile-friendly and has integrated social media sharing features. To visit the blog’s site, click here.


The corporate advisory team at New Zealand member firm Wynn Williams has recently acted for Bendon on its merger with Naked Brand and its stock exchange listing on the Nasdaq. Bendon is an iconic New Zealand intimate apparel business that is host to brands such as Heidi Klum, Stella McCartney, Frederick's of Hollywood, Hickory, Fayreform and Davenport. Naked Brand is a U.S.-based intimates and sleepwear business that has previously also been listed on the Nasdaq, and is sold at such major retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. The New Zealand aspects of the transaction involved raising capital in advance of the listing and a scrip-for-scrip rollover of the New Zealand shareholders in Bendon into a new Australian company named Naked Brand Group Limited.  The core business of Bendon will remain in New Zealand, with its main distribution center based in Auckland.


Anita Murray has joined Pennsylvania member firm Eckert Seamans as a member of the firm’s litigation division in its Philadelphia office. Ms. Murray focuses her practice on commercial, business, and real estate litigation and transactions on behalf of banking and financial institutions, mortgage servicers, and individuals. She has represented clients in both commercial and residential foreclosure actions, class actions, debt collection matters, confessed judgments, lender liability suits, bankruptcy, and matters involving consumer fraud, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Uniform Commercial Code, loan servicing, predatory lending, foreclosure rescue scams, title issues, and fiduciary duties in state and federal courts.
Murray received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. She is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


Brian McElligott of Ireland member firm Mason Hayes & Curran has been named a partner on the firm’s intellectual property team. Mr. McElligott advises clients from a range of sectors on the formulation and implementation of effective intellectual property development and protection strategies. He guides international brand owners through complex intellectual property protection and commercialization issues and advises major technology companies on intellectual property licensing and due diligence surrounding mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and other transactions. Mr. McElligott is a registered Irish and European Union trademark and design agent and formerly chaired the Licensing Executives Society of Ireland and the Irish branch of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group.


Craig Newman, who chairs New York City member firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler’s privacy and data security group, recently wrote an article published in The New York Times, entitled “Cybercrime Meets Insider Trading in Sports.” In the article, Mr. Newman discusses the increased value of confidential sports data due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which makes “inside information about teams and their players more valuable . . . and that’s an opportunity for sophisticated cybercriminals.” To read the article, click here. Also at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, Mr. Newman and his colleagues Alejandro Cruz, Maren Messing, Kade Olsen and Simone Silva-Arrindell recently published an alert on California’s new digital privacy law. To read the alert, click here.


Tómas Polanco F. has joined Panama member firm Patton, Moreno & Asvat as international special counsel. Previously, Mr. Polanco served as legal vice president for CEMEX Venezuela, as deputy legal consultant for BBVA Provincial Bank, and as a partner in the Venezuelan law firm of Polanco, Asuaje and Mármol Abogados. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Banking Association of Venezuela. He is currently an external director at IU Bank in Panama and joint director of Conjuga Sociedad de Corretaje de Seguros de Panama. He obtained his doctorate in law from the Central University of Venezuela and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School.


Mark Henry of Arkansas member Rose Law Firm will address the Ag Technology and the Law: Advancing American Agriculture conference August 15th and 16th at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. The conference is cosponsored by the National Agricultural Law Center, the National Association of Attorneys General and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Among the topics to be featured on the agenda are gene editing, blockchain, global theft of U.S. technology, and pesticide litigation and regulation. The conference offers twelve hours of continuing legal education credit, including two hours of ethics.