Business & Practice

Wake Up Call: Orrick Snags Jones Day Global Arbitration Leader in Paris

Oct. 3, 2019, 11:58 AM
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe poached a Jones Day international arbitration team in Paris, including the co-leader of Jones Day’s international litigation and arbitration practice, Michael Bühler. Bühler will co-lead Orrick’s international arbitration practice with former U.S. Ambassador Charles Adams, who’s based in Geneva. Orrick said the move is aimed at boosting the practice in response to growing client demand for high-level support to resolve international disputes worldwide. Partner Nicole Dolenz and two other lawyers also made the move. (Orrick.com)

  • As investors worry about Brexit, Goodwin Procter opened a new office in Luxembourg focused on private equity, real estate, infrastructure and debt funds, a move it says is to meet increasing client demand for structuring funds and doing deals in the EU region, and out of London. The office is led by private equity and investment partner Alexandrine Armstrong-Cerfontaine, who will split her time between Luxembourg and London, where Goodwin has a Luxembourg desk. (GoodwinLaw.com)

  • A female DLA Piper partner is asking the firm to release her from a mandatory arbitration agreement so she can pursue sex assault and discrimination charges against it and a prominent male partner. She’s represented by Wigdor. (BLAW via BLB)

  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Switzerland-based global standards-setting body, plans to create a global certification system for legal artificial intelligence tools, starting as early as next year. It’s a bid to lasso in a “Wild West” culture in the sector, the IEEE’ law committee chair, Nicolas Economou, told Artificial Lawyer in a recent interview. (Artificial Lawyer)

  • Economou, who also leads e-discovery and data analytics consultancy H5, participated in a recent IEEE Athens roundtable in which law firms, government, and business leaders debated how to ensure AI-fueled legal tech does its job without causing unintended problems. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Crowell & Moring hired blockchain veteran Michelle Gitlitz to head its blockchain and digital assets practice group out of the firm’s New York office. Gitlitz previously founded Blank Rome’s blockchain tech group. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Kirkland & Ellis promoted a record 141 lawyers to partner. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips grabbed a top McDermott Will & Emery litigator in L.A., Charles Weir, as a partner. He has close to two decades’ experience representing major healthcare providers and litigating complex business disputes, the firm said. (Manatt.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms

  • London-based Dechert partner, co-head for white collar and securities litigation practice, is suing a surveillance company for £100,000 ($122,844), for allegedly spying on him and his wife. (Law Society Gazette)

  • U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts yesterday swore in the Legal Services Corporation’s new board of directors, including Shook, Hardy & Bacon products liability partner Matthew D. Keenan. Keenan was among President Trump’s eight nominees to the board of the LSC, single largest U.S. provider of civil legal assistance for low income people. (SHB.com)

  • Morrison & Foerster added veteran real estate lawyer Thomas Tether as of counsel in New York. Most recently Tether was chief legal officer and general counsel at Lendlease Americas, where he led a team of 18 in-house lawyers. (MoFo.com)

  • Cole Schotz awarded law student Mónica Rodriguez the firm’s $5,000 2019 Diversity Scholarship, which goes to a rising second-year full-time law student, based on their demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. She is currently studying at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. (ColeSchotz.com)


  • Hogan Lovells advised Novartis International A.G. on its five-year agreement with Microsoft Corp to develop an “AI innovation lab” at Novartis and create co-working centers aimed at helping the Swiss pharmaceutical giant’s employees use AI and cloud computing to discover next-generation medicines. (Geekwire.com)

  • Milbank advised specialty finance firm MidCap Financial in its successful acquisition of substantially all of PNC Bank’s Franchise Finance loan portfolio. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. (PRNewswire.com)

  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher advised cloud computing company Bullhorn on its acquisition of Erecruit, a provider of applicant tracking and pay and bill solutions. Erecruit was advised by Paul Hastings. No terms were disclosed. (Businesswire.com)

  • K&L Gates advised U.K. wine-subscription service Naked Wines Plc on the 11.3 million pound ($13.9 million) sale of its Lay & Wheeler fine wines business unit. (InvestorsChronicle.co.uk)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation named two new general counsel and promoted its chief legal officer to chief operating officer. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Cryptocurrency firm Blockchain hired former BlackRock Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive and in-house leader Howard Surloff as general counsel. (Corporate Counsel)

  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton’s New York real estate practice added Stroock veteran E. Gail Suchman as a partner. Suchman has more than 30 years of experience in environmental and energy law and policy, among other things working in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. (SheppardMullin.com)

  • Eisner, LLP added former Dentons partner Kate Buckley in New York, where the L.A.-based entertainment law firm launched an office last year. Buckley, who among other things advises private equity funds and portfolio companies in transactions, will head Eisner’s corporate practice in New York. (EisnerLaw.com)

  • Eversheds Sutherland hired real estate litigator Tim McCaffrey as counsel in its recently opened Chicago office. McCaffrey spent close to 13 years at Winston & Strawn, including as a partner, and arrives most recently from Freeborn & Peters. (US.Eversheds-Sutherland.com)

  • Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel added sports, hospitality, and entertainment lawyer Arthur D. “Art” Sims in Orlando as a partner. (NelsonMullins.com)


  • X1, a California-based legal tech company that among other things develops software for enterprise distributed eDiscovery and governance, risk, compliance, and privacy management raised $5.1 million in a funding round. (FinSMES.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; Molly Ward at mward@bloomberglaw.com

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