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October 2017


Colorado member firm Ireland Stapleton partner and SCG Legal board member Kelley Duke missed last Tuesday’s board of directors meeting. But she had a good excuse. She was busy delivering a new baby boy. Ms. Duke, who chairs the firm’s litigation practice group, and her seven-pound, two-ounce newborn Andrew Jones (AJ) are both doing fine. The entire SCG Legal family extends Ms. Duke and her family hearty congratulations on their new arrival, who last week also earned the distinction of becoming the world's youngest Broncos fan.


Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has donated to relief efforts spearheaded by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Bar Association and GlobalMedic. The firm’s Caribbean practice group works in a number of the affected jurisdictions including the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica. Many of the Caribbean practice group's colleagues, friends and clients are among those who have been affected by the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes. Part of WeirFoulds' contribution to GlobalMedic's relief efforts has included lawyers and staff volunteering their time to assist the charity with packing emergency aid kits destined for regions affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. To learn more about GlobalMedic’s relief efforts in the Caribbean, please visit its website.


Following this year’s annual meeting in Denver, representatives from India member firm J. Sagar Associates visited some of their colleagues in Canada. It was a great opportunity for each of the firms to establish and nurture their relationships with their colleagues and learn about the many opportunities for Canadian companies looking to do business in India. JSA’s attorneys began their cross-Canada trip in Toronto at WeirFoulds. They then flew to Alberta, where they visited both the Edmonton and Calgary offices of Alberta member firm Field Law. They finished their whirlwind trip paying a visit to British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Each of the firms enjoyed sharing information about the history of their respective firms and learning about the innovative and entrepreneurial steps JSA has taken to become one of India’s largest and most highly rated independent law firms.


Panama member firm Patton, Moreno & Asvat reports that Panama last month published in its Official Gazette resolution no. 20-17, which modifies the eligibility requirements for its Multinational Companies Headquarters special regime. The resolution became effective September 13, 2017. The regime was created in 2007 for the purpose of promoting investment, job growth and technology transfer, as well as to make Panama a more competitive country in the global economy. It applies to operations of multinational companies carried out in Panama and, more specifically, to services supplied to their head office and related companies. To be eligible for the regime, an applicant must have, at the consolidated group level to which it belongs, either assets equal to or more than $200 million or a presence in at least 40 countries where it operates the same type of business under one single brand or commercial name. To satisfy these requirements, an applicant must submit consolidated financial statements of the multinational business group to which the applicant company belongs, audited or certified by an independent CPA, and an affidavit issued by the legal representative of the multinational business group, certifying the countries where it operates and the address of at least one office in each country. To determine whether a business client of yours might benefit from these changes to Panama’s Multinational Companies Headquarters special regime, please contact Khatiya Asvat.


Frank Flanagan has joined Ireland member firm Mason Hayes & Curran as a partner on the firm’s dispute resolution team. He advises clients in relation to commercial disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and communications regulation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Flanagan had a 20-year career in the communications and computer hardware industries including time as the chief technical officer of a technology start-up, where he was deeply involved in raising significant venture capital funding and in technology licensing for a Fortune 100 company. 


Mitchell Chaney has joined Texas member firm McGinnis Lochridge as a member of its litigation team. He was previously a name partner at his own firm in Brownsville, Texas, for over 30 years. Mr. Chaney has tried cases at both the federal and state levels involving automotive products, ATVs, firearms and other product liability cases. His practice focuses on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, professional liability litigation, complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and South Texas matters. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law.


Quek Li Fei, a partner at Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners, has been named to the 2017 Citywealth Leaders List. Mr. Quek is head of the firm’s private client and banking and finance practices. He has been nominated for inclusion on the Citywealth Leaders List every year since 2009. The Citywealth Leaders List is a directory of leading professionals in the private wealth management and private client industry. The list brings together lawyers and other professionals who deal with private clients with fortunes in excess of £20 million but often up to several billion. Inclusion on the list is through recommendations from peers, recognition of expertise within the sector and from ultra-high net worth individuals.


London-based legal directory Chambers and Partners has recently ranked Mexico member firm Sánchez Devanny in the following practice areas: regulatory compliance; corporate and mergers and acquisitions; general business law (Monterrey); international trade and customs; intellectual property; labor, social security and immigration; life sciences; real estate; tax; and high net worth. It also ranked the following 15 of the firm’s partners: Abel Mejía; Alfredo Kupfer; Alfonso López; Daniel Maldonado; David Puente; Ernesto Silvas; Andrés Gámez; Gerardo Prado; Guillermo Villaseñor; Humberto Morales; José Alberto Campos; Mariana Eguiarte; Rafael Villamar; Ricardo León; and Turenna Ramírez. Two of its attorneys, Eduardo Sotelo and Oscar Quiroz, were also ranked as “associates to watch.”