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April 2018


Sir David Wootton to Address London Meeting
Sir David Wootton will join the lineup of speakers at this year’s SCG Legal midyear meeting June 7 and 8 in London. A former partner at Allen & Overy, he was elected Alderman of the City of London in 2005 and in 2012 the 684th Lord Mayor of London. He will speak on the factors that led voters in the U.K. to support Brexit, how he thinks Brexit will affect the U.K.’s relationship with the EU and the rest of the world, and how he expects the EU itself will change. He will speak Thursday afternoon. To see the entire schedule of events, register for the meeting, or make a reservation at the headquarters hotel, Grange St. Paul’s, click here.


The annual gathering of SCG Legal’s Team Canada took place earlier this month in Toronto at the offices of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds. The two-day conference, which was attended by representatives of all nine Canadian member firms, focused primarily on marketing and business development and featured presentations by in-house counsel from BMO Financial Group, Nissan Canada and Xerox Canada, as well as the editors of Canadian Lawyer InHouse and Lexpert. The event was capped with a reception in honor of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell, an alumnus of the firm, followed by dinner. Next year’s event will be held in Vancouver at the offices of British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Also at WeirFoulds, Rob Eberschlag has joined as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities groups. Mr. Eberschlag has more than 18 years of experience providing strategic advice to clients on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, investment funds and corporate governance and compliance matters. He also has experience handling Canadian and international mining, energy, and oil and gas transactions, including joint venture, property acquisition and royalty transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Eberschlag was a partner in another major Toronto law firm. He completed his legal education at the University of Victoria.


Morehead State University president Jay Morgan announced at a board of regents meeting March 29th the creation of the W. Terry McBrayer Presidential Lecture Series in Government and Leadership, honoring Kentucky member firm McBrayer McGinnis Leslie Kirkland name partner and SCG Legal past chairman Terry McBrayer. A 1959 graduate of Morehead State, Mr. McBrayer was elected to five terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, serving as House speaker pro tempore and majority leader. He also chaired the Kentucky Democratic Party, having been elected to four consecutive terms as Democratic national committeeman from Kentucky and as a super delegate at the 2008 Democratic national convention.


Matthew Campbell has joined Massachusetts member firm Keegan Werlin in its energy regulatory practice. Mr. Campbell earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a graduate of New England Law in Boston. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Campbell served as chief of staff at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.  


Dominican Republic member firm Guzmán Ariza has been retained to represent Pan Am World Airways Dominicana in the first major bankruptcy proceeding in the Dominican Republic under the country’s new mercantile restructuring law, a process which will involve hundreds of national and international creditors. The Restructuring Court in Santo Domingo accepted the firm's bankruptcy filing request and has authorized preliminary proceedings to begin. Partners Fabio Guzmán Saladín, Alberto Reyes and Rhadaisis Espinal lead the legal team assisting PAWA. In January 2018, without prior notice, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Dominican Republic suspended PAWA's operations for a period of 90 days, alleging nonpayment of airline and airport fees, leaving thousands of passengers stranded across the Caribbean. Within days, the airline was left with no choice but to file for bankruptcy. PAWA Dominicana is the international flag carrier of the Dominican Republic, with scheduled flights to multiple destinations in the Caribbean and the U.S.


Turkey member firm Moroğlu Arseven was named Turkish Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards, which was held in London last month. The Lawyer European Awards honor independent law firms that are committed to excellence, with a clear strategic vision and approach, irrespective of their size. The judges, who included both private legal practitioners and in-house counsel from across Europe, were especially impressed with the firm’s strong international ties, its adept use of technology and its solid client base, which includes Amazon, Twitter, Merck and AB InBev.


New Zealand member firm Wynn Williams has announced the following promotions. To senior associate are Tom Corkill (corporate & commercial); Jenny Turner (private client services); Hayden Baird (commercial property and projects); Josh Taylor (dispute resolution); and Shane Campbell (dispute resolution). To associate are Tiana Ritchie (dispute resolution) and Nic Lawrence (dispute resolution). Also at Wynn Williams, Ellie Harrison has joined the firm’s national dispute resolution team as a senior associate, focusing primarily on insurance law.


Michael Salchert and Lynn Baldus have joined Minnesota member firm Larkin Hoffman. Mr. Salchert advises dentists, veterinarians, and optometrists in corporate, real estate and transactional matters including the sale and purchase of professional practices, employment issues and general business matters. He is a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law. Mr. Baldus works with business owners in matters involving corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, business succession planning and related matters. He has experience working with businesses ranging from family farms to multistate corporations. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.


SCG Legal past chairman and Colorado member firm Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe director K.C. Groves has been named to this year’s Super Lawyers® list of the top 100 lawyers in Colorado. Eight other lawyers from the firm were also named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. A commercial litigator, Mr. Groves handles complex business disputes and regulatory matters, representing companies and individuals in jury and bench trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, regulatory proceedings and litigation avoidance strategies. This is his second appearance on the list of Colorado’s top 100 lawyers. Also listed among the top-rated lawyers from the firm are Rebecca Almon, for environmental; Michelle Ferguson, for employment and labor; and Russell Kemp, for real estate. Among the firm’s Rising Stars are Kelley Duke, who is a member of SCG Legal’s board of directors, for business litigation; Mark Lacis, for business litigation; Benjamin Larson, for business litigation; and James Silvestro, for land use and zoning.


Over 120 elected officials and former constitutional delegates joined Governor John Bel Edwards, Senate President John Alario and Speaker Taylor Barras at the Baton Rouge office of Louisiana member Adams and Reese for a fundraiser to support the written account of Louisiana’s 1973 Constitutional Convention. Based on a manuscript penned by former SCG Legal chairman and then convention chairman E.L. “Bubba” Henry and written with LaPolitics publisher Jeremy Alford, the forthcoming book will be published by CC73, a nonprofit organization overseen by former delegates who are also sharing their own stories. All proceeds raised at the event will be used to underwrite the book and promote understanding of state constitutional law and political science at Louisiana State University. Also at Adams and Reese, James Reynolds joins the firm in its New Orleans office as a senior patent agent. Mr. Reynolds has more than seven years of experience in all aspects of preparation and prosecution of patent applications involving optics, imaging, electro-mechanical and camera systems, optics for semiconductor lithography, antennas and Wi-Fi software. He previously served as a registered patent agent at an intellectual property law firm in Cincinnati, where he was involved in U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution. He received his Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in materials science at the University of Michigan.


Australia member firm Hall & Wilcox has added 20 members to its Brisbane-based insurance team. Headed by partners Terry Killian, Kelli Stallard and Angela Brookes, the team specializes in workers’ compensation, personal injuries and product liability. National insurance practice head Rhett Slocombe says the team will add significantly to the firm’s national insurance capabilities, complementing its “existing market leading statutory insurance and workers’ compensation practices, and broader insurance capability.” Also at Hall & Wilcox, the firm recently advised the owner and operator of Victoria’s electricity transmission network, AusNet Services, on its role in Victoria’s $35 million Battery Energy Storage System to be based in Ballarat. The project involves the construction of Victoria’s first utilities scale lithium-ion battery, which will store solar and wind-generated energy and release power into the grid to spread the load during peak times. The battery is expected to provide 30 megawatts of energy, and have a storage capacity of 30 megawatt hours. Construction of the battery is due to begin this month.


Hitachi Europe has developed the Hitachi Energy Trading Optimizer, or HETO, a software tool that operates on the basis of self-learning algorithms, with which public utilities and energy companies can commercially optimize their trading and operation of production plants. Germany member firm GvW Graf von Westphalen provided Hitachi Europe with an interdisciplinary team skilled in the areas of energy and digitalization to assist the company in the development of this product. The firm’s Hitachi Europe team consists of Helmut Kempf (team leader, energy), Arnd Böken, Stefan Menzemer (data protection and IT security), Dr. Patrick Wolff (regulatory), Dr. Dietrich Drömann (public procurement), Dr. Jochen Mulch (intellectual property) and Dr. Maren Mönchmeyer (contract structuring). Hitachi Europe is active in 13 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the fields of semiconductor performance systems, information systems, particle radiation therapy systems, digital media and consumer goods, industrial components and materials, procurement and purchasing as well as smart cities.


Ireland member firm Mason Hayes & Curran has announced the appointment of Robert Dickson as a partner on the firm’s corporate team. Mr. Dickson works with a broad range of Irish and international clients in the financial services, energy, healthcare, telecommunications, food and beverage, professional services, aviation, entertainment and life sciences sectors. His extensive international expertise includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate investments, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements, reorganizations, partnerships and venture capital. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Dickson trained, qualified and practiced at a large international law firm in London and joined Mason Hayes & Curran from the corporate team of another major Irish law firm. 


Kateryna Oliynyk, counsel and head of intellectual property at Ukraine member firm Arzinger, has been promoted to partner. Ms. Oliinyk regularly advises both international and national clients on intellectual property matters in Ukraine. A licensed patent attorney, Ms. Oliinyk co-chairs the Intellectual Property Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and is a member of the International Trademark Association and its data protection committee. She is also active in the Ukrainian Bar Association, having chaired its intellectual property committee for the last two years.


The April 11, 2018, edition of The New York Times featured an article written by New York City member firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler privacy and data security practice chairman Craig Newman, entitled “A Simple Proposal to Help Fix Corporate America’s Cybersecurity Problem.” Mr. Newman proposes a cybersecurity grading system as a next step to help solve the lack of information about the data security practices of businesses. A new grading system should answer basic questions such as, "Are companies on top of data security, and if hacked, do they know how to reduce the impact?" To read the article in its entirety, click here.