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Wake Up Call: Dentons’ New Dublin Office Targets Finance, Tech & Aircraft

Jan. 9, 2020, 1:27 PM

In today’s column, Carlos Ghosn says he fled Tokyo because he had “zero chance” of a fair trial. King & Spalding hired former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, and in California, litigation finance startup Legalist says cases it has funded have recovered $500 million for plaintiffs.

  • Leading off, Dentons has mostly built itself into the world’s biggest law firm by head count by adding member firms to its Swiss Verein-based network of about 10,000 lawyers. It took a more standard approach in Dublin, Ireland: hiring senior partners from local firms. (Global Legal Post)

  • Although several major firms have opened branches in Dublin recently to prepare for the U.K.'s exit from the European Union, for Dentons the attraction was the city’s aircraft leasing, financial services, and technology businesses, this report says. (Irish Times)

  • The former boss of automakers Nissan and Renault, Carlos Ghosn, in his press conference yesterday accused Latham & Watkins and a former top lawyer at Nissan of involvement in what he called unjust financial misconduct charges against him in Japan. He said he fled Japan because his lawyers told him, “I have zero chance of a fair trial” there. (BN via BLAW)

  • Former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein took a job at King & Spalding as a partner in the firm’s government investigations team, following several of his former Justice Department colleagues who’ve also landed at the Atlanta-based firm. (BLAW)

  • Three Miami-based Boies Schiller Flexner partners left the firm to start their own litigation boutique in Coral Gables. (Daily Business Report)

  • It’s getting harder to get real equity stake in Big Law. Just look at the recent partner “promotions” that don’t come with a share of the profits. (BLAW)

  • Morrison & Foerster’s former financial services litigation practice co-chair, James McGuire, left to lead the San Francisco office of Washington-based firm Buckley. He was a 23-year MoFo lifer and partner. (American Lawyer)

  • Legalist, a tech-powered litigation finance start-up managed by a 23-year-old Harvard dropout and backed by a retired federal appeals judge, said cases it has funded have collectively recovered over $500 million for plaintiffs. (Legalist)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • Sanford Heisler Sharp, the firm representing six women suing Jones Day for system discrimination, announced several promotions, including litigator Felicia Gilbert’s elevation to partner and managing partner of its San Francisco office. (SanfordHeisler.com)

  • An eight-week theater workshop in Washington tries to teach lawyers to sound more human. (Washingtonian.com)

  • Law firms should implement “honesty box” programs to give partners helpful feedback from associates who might be afraid to give it otherwise, writes a law firm partner. (Above the Law)

  • The plaintiffs bar in federal employment cases achieved a record rate of class certification in 2019, according to Seyarth Shaw’s latest report on workplace class action litigation. (Workplaceclassactionreport.com)

Deals

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher advised Court Square Capital Partners on its acquisition of Medical Knowledge Group, a New York-based multi-channel marketing platform for biopharmaceutical customers, from WindRose Health Investors. McDermott Will & Emery advised Medical Knowledge Group. (PR Newswire) (Axios)

  • Hogan Lovells advised clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Altavant Sciences in its acquisition of Onspira Therapeutics, a private drug development company that was advised by Duane Morris and focuses on treatments for rare pulmonary diseases. (PRNewswire.com)

  • Cole Schotz represented property management company Dino & Sons Realty Corp. on its $36 million acquisition of Marketfair Mall in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The firm also advised Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A. on the $20 million financing for the transaction. (ColeSchotz.com)

  • Proskauer Rose advised APG Real Estate, the Holland-based real estate branch of APG Asset Management N.V., a pension fund for Dutch government and education employees, on its investments in two joint ventures in the hotel sector. (Proskauer)

Pro Bono

  • DLA Piper’s pro bono affiliate held a training program in Rwanda aimed at helping young women protect themselves from violence, harassment, and trafficking. (DLA Piper)

Laterals, Moves, In-house

  • In Paris, Kirkland & Ellis hired tax lawyer Nadine Gelli as a partner. She arrives most recently from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, before which she spent 14 years at Ashurst. (Le Monde du Droit)

  • In Hong Kong, Hogan Lovells grabbed DLA Piper restructuring and insolvency lawyer Jonathan Leitch as a partner (HoganLovells.com)

  • Katten added intellectual property lawyer Trisha Sircar, a former global privacy compliance officer at insurance giant AIG, as a partner in its New York office. She joins the firm’s privacy, data and cybersecurity practice. (Katten)

  • Katten’s New York office also got former Orrick employee benefits and executive compensation lawyer Mitchel C. Pahl as a partner. According to his Linkedin, he’s previously been a partner at Duane Morris, Dewey & LeBoeuf, and Alson & Bird. (Katten)

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius hired trade compliance lawyer Heather Sears as of counsel in Washington. She’s a member of the State Department’s advisory group on defense trade and vice chair on the board of the National Council for International Trade Development, and arrives most recently from Alpha Omega Consulting Group. (MorganLewis.com)

  • Arbitration Chambers, a consortium of independent arbitrators, is launching a New York office. It said it has added two prominent state and international commercial arbitrators as U.S. members: former Arnold Porter partner Jean E. Kalicki and Lucy F. Reed, a former co-head of international arbitration at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. (ArbChambers.com)

  • Eaton Corporation Inc., a Dublin-based power management multinational, hired in-house veteran April Miller Boise, founder of the Black General Counsel 2025 Initiative, as its new general counsel and executive vice president. She’ll be based in Cleveland, Ohio. (Corporate Counsel)

Promotions

  • Hogan Lovells promoted 29 lawyers (13 women) to partner and 56 to counsel, across 24 countries, five practice groups and 45 offices, effective Jan. 1. It said over 40% of the 85 total promotions are women. (HoganLovells.com)

  • Greenspoon Marder promoted six attorneys (one woman) to partner in its offices in Florida, New York, and Las Vegas offices. (GMLaw.com)

  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed promoted two lawyers to partner and two, both women, to counsel. (HughesHubbard.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers want the judge in his Manhattan criminal rape trial booted. (New York Law Journal)

  • A former Houston bankruptcy partner for Kasowitz Benson & Torres is suing the firm in a compensation dispute. (Texas Lawyer)

  • McDermott Will & Emery is representing a woman whose lawsuit accusing the Transportation Security Administration of overly aggressive treatment is headed for trial. (Legal Intelligencer)

Legal Education

  • Legal academics are skeptical about a plan by U.S. News & World Report to expand its law school specialty rankings. (Law.com)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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