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May 2018

This year’s SCG Legal midyear meeting has attracted a record number of attendees, with more than 150 attorneys and their guests expected to descend on London June 7th and 8th. Hosted by U.K. member firm Mills & Reeve, the two-day confab will kick off Thursday afternoon with a keynote presentation by Tomorrow’s Lawyers author and artificial intelligence expert Richard Susskind. Mr. Susskind’s presentation will be followed by an address on what the future holds for London in a post-Brexit world by Sir David Wootton, Alderman of the Ward of Langbourn and 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London. Friday’s program’s will feature sessions on the global life sciences industry, privacy and GDPR, technology and the driverless revolution and how in-house counsel view the challenges with which their companies find themselves faced today. The meeting will be capped with a private tour and banquet at the iconic Westminster Abbey. For more information about this year’s midyear meeting, click here.


SCG Legal, in cooperation with Italy member firm Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati, will host a reception for SCG Legal member attorneys at this year’s International Bar Association meeting in Rome on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at the firm’s Rome office, which is located at Viale Castro Pretorio 122. To register for the gathering, please contact Diane Case. For more information about the location of the firm’s offices, contact Paola Poltronieri at +39 349 3011864 or by email at


Ontario member firm WeirFoulds executive partner Lisa Borsook and partner Frank Walwyn have been shortlisted for the Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential 2018. The list of nominees was decided upon by an editorial panel at Canadian Lawyer, as well as by suggestions from readers and past honorees.Voting closes next Tuesday, May 22nd. The results will be announced in the August 2018 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine. All readers of SCG Legal’s “eNews” are encouraged to cast their ballots on behalf of Ms. Borsook and Mr. Walwyn. You needn’t be a subscriber to Canadian Lawyer to participate in the poll. To vote, click here.


The Connecticut Bar Association presented Connecticut member firm Robinson+Cole partner Jim Wade with the Edward F. Hennessey Professionalism Award during the organization’s annual awards celebration last month. Mr. Wade is a member of the firm’s business litigation group and has tried numerous criminal and civil cases across the United States during his legal career, which spans five decades. The Hennessey Award recognizes and honors a member of the Connecticut Bar whose career has manifested a dedication to the highest ideals and standards of the legal profession. For more than twenty years, Mr. Wade served as outside counsel to the Connecticut Democratic Party, and he has represented three Connecticut governors in litigation. Mr. Wade has tried complex criminal and civil cases involving antitrust, securities fraud, government contracting fraud, mail fraud, and public corruption. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1980.


Australian member firm Holman Webb has been nominated in the following categories for the Australasian Law Awards 2018: Law Firm of the Year (1-100 lawyers); Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year; Australasian Arbitrator of the Year – John Wakefield; and Law Firm Leader of the Year (≤ 200 lawyers) – Greg Malakou. These awards are conferred upon those leading firms and in-house teams whose achievements over the past 12 months exemplify excellence in the legal profession. Also at Holman Webb, two of the firm’s partners are finalists for 2018 Law Partner of the Year Awards. They are Alison Choy Flannigan, for Health Partner of the Year, and John Van de Poll, for Insurance Partner of the Year.


Heide Harrell has joined Arkansas member Rose Law Firm as director of marketing and business development, overseeing the strategy and implementation of all communications and marketing for the firm, as well as cultivating new business relationships and exploring additional opportunities to serve existing clients. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Harrell spent nearly eight years working for two of the state’s top advertising agencies and an additional five years at the former Delta Trust & Bank. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications at the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s in applied communication studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ms. Harrell is Accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America and is past president of the Arkansas chapter of PRSA.


Titus Walek has joined Germany member firm Graf von Westphalen in its Frankfurt office as an equity partner in the firm’s M&A practice. He focuses his practice in the areas of M&A, private equity and venture capital. His clients include financial investors and strategic investors as well as mid-size German family-owned enterprises. A transaction specialist with a "proven track record in private equity and venture capital transactions" (Chambers Global Europe), Mr. Walek began his career as an attorney in the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He later joined Heymann & Partner, where as a partner he was involved in numerous national and international transactions, including most recently San Francisco-based SmartRecruiters’ acquisition of Jobspotting GmbH in Berlin.


Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners’ intellectual property practice has been ranked by Asian Legal Business for the fourth consecutive year. Its trademarks and copyright work has received a Tier 2 ranking and its patent work a Tier 3 ranking in Singapore. The firm’s intellectual property practice is headed by See Tow Soo Ling and has also been accorded recognition by several other well-known publications such as World Trademark Review and Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific. Asian Legal Business draws information from firm submissions, interviews, editorial sources and market data to identify and rank the top firms for intellectual property in Asia.


New Zealand member firm Wynn Williams’ corporate advisory team represented New Zealand Warriors Limited, the company that owns the Vodafone Warriors, in the sale of the club to a consortium made up of the Carlaw Heritage Trust and Autex Industries. The firm’s team was led by partner Nick Kovacevich. The Carlaw Heritage Trust is an arm of Auckland Rugby League, with Cameron McGregor the chairman of both bodies. It acquired a 67% share of the club, with manufacturing company Autex Industries, a longstanding supporter of the rugby league in New Zealand, acquiring the remainder. The transaction was completed via a competitive sales process, with the Carlaw Heritage Trust and Autex Industries being chosen ahead of other bidders, including an American investment consortium led by Hawaiian Richard Fale.


California member firm Boutin Jones and Clear Advocacy have entered into a strategic alliance to provide its clients and clients of SCG Legal with lobbying and government relations expertise in Sacramento. Clear Advocacy is a full service government relations practice. Its principals, Peter Kellison, Fred Main and Kevin Pedrotti, have each been lobbying in the California capital for over 30 years. The firm represents a broad range of clients in retail, financial services, healthcare, and business. For more information about the government relations services the firm provides, contact Clear Advocacy through Boutin Jones, or directly by contacting Fred Main, Clear Advocacy, 925 L Street, Suite 1450, Sacramento, California 95814, or by calling (916) 479-7400.


The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce has appointed Florida member firm Ausley McMullen shareholder and former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding as chairman of the local government merger study committee. The “blue ribbon” panel will review the current structure of local government and determine whether a merger between city and county governments would facilitate greater economic and community development. The committee is comprised of nine members, hailing from diverse backgrounds and experience.


Pennsylvania member firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has again been named among the nation’s leading law firms, earning top rankings in multiple practice areas and markets in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA. Notably, the firm’s hospitality group was ranked nationally in leisure and hospitality. According to Chambers USA, “the team demonstrates broad strengths in transactional work, management agreements and financing matters for hotel owners, investors, developers and lenders, and calls upon wider expertise in its employment practice, regularly advising on disputes work and union-related matters.” In addition, the firm’s aviation group was listed as a recognized practitioner nationwide. In Pennsylvania, Chambers USA ranked the firm’s bankruptcy/restructuring, construction, intellectual property, and general commercial litigation groups among the state’s top practices. Ten of the firm’s attorneys were selected for inclusion among America's Leading Business Lawyers by Chambers USA. Attorneys with the firm’s hospitality and aviation practices earned national rankings, while lawyers in the firm’s public finance, bankruptcy/restructuring, construction, and litigation practices earned high honors in Pennsylvania.


Two of Australian member firm Hall & Wilcox’ attorneys, Dan Poole and Aron Mazur, placed third in the Global Legal Hackathon event in New York last month. The two were part of a team that created ANIKA Legal, a solution designed both to improve access to justice and provide practical legal training to law students by means of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. Also at Hall & Wilcox, Dr. Wolfgang Babeck has joined the firm’s international practice, adding to the strength of the firm’s European and German practices. Dr. Babeck is the former chair of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairs the international law section of the Law Council of Australia. He is also an adjunct professor at Bond University and a facilitator of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fay Calderone has also joined the firm as a partner on the firm’s employment team. Ms. Calderone has over 16 years of experience, representing employers across industries including professional services, insurance, finance, recruitment, entertainment, FMCG, manufacturing, sport, aged care and local councils. Finally, Hall & Wilcox was named a finalist for Managing Partner of the Year (Tony Macvean) and Law Firm for the Year at the Australasian Law Awards. In addition, three of its partners were named finalists in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year Awards across three different practice areas, and 36 of its lawyers were listed among the 2019 Best Lawyers in Australia.


Florence Heredia of Argentina member firm Allende & Brea this month was named Mining Lawyer of the Year by Who’s Who Legal. Ms. Heredia joined the firm’s natural resources department as a partner in August 2017. She has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry, with extensive experience advising financial institutions and companies in complex mining transactions in Argentina. Ms. Heredia received her law degree from Universidad Católica Argentina and also has a master’s degree in business law from Universidad Austral.