Chambers Canada 2021 Guide Recognizes SCG Legal and Seven Member Firms as Best in the Country
The sixth edition of Chambers Canada 2021, a guide published by Chambers and Partners that recommends leading lawyers and a range of provincial, national and international law firms based across the country, has named SCG Legal as a Band 1 Nationwide-Canada Leading Law Firm Network and ranked seven of the network’s members as top law firms in Canada. Click here to read the full press release.


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CNPLaw advised a leading German group in the marine shipping industry in respect of its strategic joint venture in Singapore with a ship management group based in Europe and operating in Asia. The joint venture was finalized in June 2020 and strengthens the parties’ existing working relationship in Europe with back-to-back arrangements under such joint venture. The CNP team involved in the transaction: Ken Chia and Hazel Ho. Also, CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of Dios AM Hessian Matrix Global Fund SP (“SP”), which will invest primarily in multiple asset classes across the G20 and Asia. The SP is the third segregated portfolio of Dios Asset Management SPC, a Cayman Islands domiciled segregated portfolio company. Click here to read the full announcement. CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of Maiora Renewables Fund II, a Cayman Islands domiciled private equity fund with a focus on alternative renewable energy projects predominantly in the Asia Pacific region, in particular, solar power plants in Taiwan. Click here to read the full announcement. Also, CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of RV Capital Opportunities VCC, an open-ended variable capital company incorporated in Singapore. The Fund is an umbrella fund and has successfully launched its first sub-fund, RV Capital Monks Hill Fund, a multi-asset fund. Click here to read the full announcement. CNPLaw acted as lead counsel and advised Smith Tan Asia Phoenix Fund, a Cayman Islands domiciled investment fund, on various fund terms, including regulatory matters, with respect to its fund documentation. The Fund is managed by Smith Tan Asset Management Pte. Ltd., a registered fund management company registered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Click here to read the full announcement. CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of Maiora Renewables Fund II, a Cayman Islands domiciled private equity fund with a focus on alternative renewable energy projects predominantly in the Asia Pacific region, in particular, solar power plants in Taiwan. Click here to read the full announcement.

DeWitt law firm announced today attorney Jeff Goldman was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin and was also elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estates Council (ACTEC).  Click here to read the full announcement.

Field Law has launched its eighth annual Field Law Community Fund Program. The Program allows for local individuals, groups or organizations (registered and non-registered), to apply for funding to support pay-it-forward initiatives. Over the last seven years the Program has awarded funds to support 96 organizations and charitable initiatives throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. With $550,000 donated in support of these local charities to date, we are excited to award $60,000 in 2020!

Fraser Trebilcock’s professional and occupational license group scored another victory yesterday when attorney Jared A. Roberts obtained the dismissal of a complaint filed against a real estate brokerage and property management company, an associate broker and a salesperson. The state administrative complaint was filed with the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing and was dismissed in the licensees’ favor.

GvW Graf von Westphalen‘s telecommunications team has produced a synopsis of the new telecommunications law. In Jeffries Expert Briefing, Ms. Nacimiento illustrates the relevance for the digital economy. Click here to learn more. Also at GvW, they have developed a new Tool to check reporting obligations in cross-border business transactions (DAC 6). The free Tool helps you to identify the reporting obligations. Here you can find the link to the Tool.

Australian member firm Hall & Wilcox has announced a record 34 senior appointments (eight Partners, 11 Special Counsel and 15 Senior Associates), reflecting continued growth and support for clients. The firm has also strengthened its national insolvency and commercial litigation capabilities with the appointment of specialist partner Scott Butler, based in Brisbane. In addition to advising clients on commercial disputes, Scott advises on all aspects of administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy. The firm’s Financial Services, Funds, Tax and Litigation teams have advised Cadence Property Group on a $39 million joint venture with Assembly Funds Management to acquire a shopping center in western Melbourne. 

Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe is pleased to announce Elizabeth P. Woodward has been named a Director and Shareholder. Woodward is a real estate and environmental law attorney. In her practice, she represents individuals, businesses, and special districts in navigating the complexities of real estate purchases and management and environmental compliance and due diligence. Click here to read the full announcement.

McBrayer continues to attract outstanding legal talent, adding three attorneys to its Lexington office: Keeana Sajadi Boarman joins as Member from the firm of Frost Brown Todd, where she focused her practice on corporate transactional work and employee benefits. She’s a graduate of Duke University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a member of the Junior League of Lexington and the Bluegrass Runners Club, Inc. and is an alumnus of Leadership Lexington (Class of 2011-2012). David T. Cecil has joined from Kopka Pinkus Dolin. His practice focuses on medical malpractice, professional liability defense and healthcare law. He’s a graduate of the University of Pikeville and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. David has coached youth basketball and mentors kids through the Upward Sports program, and he and his family attend Immanuel Baptist Church, where he plays guitar in the worship choir. Cassidy L. Sorrells came to McBrayer from Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC, with a practice focusing primarily on insurance defense and civil litigation.  She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Law, and has participated in such community events as the Tri for Sight Marathon, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk, and the Special Olympics of Kentucky’s Polar Plunge events. “We are excited to continue to add to a roster of top-quality talent with some of the best and brightest minds our community has to offer,” said James H. Frazier, III, Managing Member of McBrayer PLLC. “In addition to their commitment to client service, Keeana, David and Cassidy have given of themselves in service to the community at large. We welcome these three exceptional individuals to help us continue to serve both our clientele and the community.”

In a showing of the depth and breadth of outreach of the McBrayer Government Solutions team, lobbyists Sara Osborne and James Higdon have been tapped to represent Kentucky at the national party nominating conventions. Osborne has been named as a delegate for Kentucky to the Democratic National Convention, while Higdon has been named an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention.  “The fact that each of these rising stars within our firm has been chosen to join their respective delegations demonstrates the level of political acumen displayed by MML&K Government Solutions as a whole,” said Sean Cutter, Executive Director of MML&K Government Solutions. “We’re very proud of the selection of both Sara and James to represent Kentucky, and we’re proud of the fact that MML&K Government Solutions will have a presence at both party nominating conventions this year.”

Mills & Reeve has boosted its partner numbers again in 2020 with four new promotions. Click here to read more. They have continued to advise clients on a wide range of cutting edge work. Take a look at highlights and their contribution to help shape the future here. Also, longstanding client Haatch Ventures portfolio has continued to expand over the past 18 months since Mills & Reeve set up the structuring and creation of the Haatch Enterprise Fund in September 2018. They have continued to work with the Haatch team on a number of exciting investments for technology businesses, many of which are thriving during the current pandemic. Click here to read more.

Robinson+Cole has joined the newly-established Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), an organization that is facilitating the coordination of its member firms to best enable legal services organizations, and the LFAA, to create large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that address systemic racism. Click here to read the full press release. Also, Robinson+Cole Real Estate + Development Group lawyer Alicia R. Selman was honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” during the publication’s annual Excellence in the Law event on July 22, 2020, which was hosted virtually this year, and profiled in a special “Excellence in the Law 2020” section. Ms. Selman focuses her practice on a broad range of land use and real estate transactional matters. Her clients include businesses of all sizes, developers, lenders, and organizations. She advises sellers, purchasers, lenders, and borrowers on the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of various types of real estate transactions and financings. Ms. Selman also assists tenants, with the leasing of office, and industrial spaces of all sizes.

VDMA Law is proud to represent one of ten applicants in a landmark case being brought on an urgent basis in the Cape Town High Court, South Africa against the President of South Africa and the Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. The case pertains to the decision taken by the aforementioned Minister to implement regulations which prohibit the sale of tobacco products, e-cigarettes and related products during the lockdown introduced in South Africa as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic (“Ban on Tobacco”). Click here to read the full announcement.

Leading Questions is a new biweekly web series that explores everyday legal issues, hot topics in business and professional development, and more. The series is hosted by Megan Mah, Julia Sydorenko and Kayla Theeuwen, members of WeirFoulds Women, and features a variety of guests ranging from lawyers at WeirFoulds, to in-house counsel and professionals from other industries.  In episodes 1 and 2 lawyers answer pandemic-inspired questions about whether employers can reduce salaries during COVID-19, how tax residency may be affected by a pandemic, what to look out for when negotiating service contracts, rent relief for residential tenants, and whether now is the right time to update wills and powers of attorney. Episode 3 focuses on employment issues that have arisen as a result of COVID-19, including employee termination rights, CERB qualification, eligibility for wage subsidies, and job protections for employees who may have contracted COVID-19. Our episodes are available on our YouTube channel.

WeirFoulds is pleased to announce that Marie-Andrée Vermette, Partner and Chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group, has been appointed Vice-President of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). Marie-Andrée has been a member of the AJEFO’s Board of Directors for three years, and a member of the Executive Committee for one year. The Board is responsible for managing and supervising the activities and affairs of the AJEFO. Marie-Andrée specializes in complex litigation cases, including high-profile commercial disputes, class actions and public law cases. She is called to the bar in both Quebec and Ontario. To learn more about Marie-Andrée Vermette, please click here.

Wickwire Holm, announced addition of four attorneys as nod to their past, Jim Isnor has returned to the firm bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to their Business Law group. Jim has spent the last 16 years with the provincial Department of Justice where he provided legal counsel to a host of government departments and agencies on matters ranging from the preparation of legislation and regulations, to negotiating and drafting intergovernmental agreements and other contractual arrangements. Jim was also general counsel to a number