Hogan, Katten, White & Case, Davis Polk: Business of Law
By Elizabeth Amon – Jul 11, 2013 12:01 AM ET
Hogan Lovells LLP is starting a Brazil practice in Rio de Janeiro and opening its 44th office.
Claudette Christian, a partner in the firm’s finance practice group who has worked in Brazil since the mid-1990s, will be office managing partner.
The Brazilian Bar approved the firm’s expansion into Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and the firm’s Rio de Janeiro office will operate as a foreign legal consultancy, offering international capabilities to Brazilian clients and companies doing business in Brazil and Latin America. It will also assist foreign companies entering the Brazilian market, the firm said.
“Given Hogan Lovells’s extensive history with local clients and the rate at which the Brazilian market is growing, establishing an office in Rio de Janeiro was both a natural and crucial next step for the firm,” Warren Gorrell, co-chief executive officer of Hogan Lovells, said in a statement. “We see long-term opportunities in areas like infrastructure and energy, where we have leading global practices.”
Hogan Lovells has represented companies in Brazil for almost two decades, the firm said. Christian, a former co-chairwoman of the firm’s global board, has more than 25 years of international commercial and corporate transactional experience.
Most recently, she has worked on international finance transactions in gas transportation, and in equity and debt investments in offshore oil and gas production, wireless telecommunications projects, and renewable energy projects.
She is joined by a team of three Hogan Lovells lawyers in Rio de Janeiro.
Hogan Lovells has more than 2,500 lawyers at more than 40 offices in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
Katten Hires Internet and IP Attorney to Head New Practice
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced that Brian J. Winterfeldt joined the firm as a partner and head of Katten’s new Internet practice. He is joined by four lawyers from his previous firm, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Winterfeldt has experience in intellectual-property law including domestic and international trademark counseling, enforcement and litigation, as well as a concentration in Internet governance and domain name issues.
“Bringing Brian on board and launching a new practice area that deals with Internet governance and domain name legal strategies illustrate Katten’s commitment to expand into innovative, emerging new areas,” Vincent A.F. Sergi, Katten’s chairman, said in a statement.
Winterfeldt has experience in Internet issues such as the new generic top-level domain program as well as social media, and strategies for brand promotion and IP protection in these spaces.
Debra Hughes, who has been IP counsel with the American Red Cross for the past five years, will join Katten’s new Internet practice as special counsel.
Katten has more than 600 attorneys at offices in the U.S., London and Shanghai.
White & Case Hires German Tax Lawyer in Frankfurt
Bodo Bender, previously at Shearman & Sterling LLP, will join White & Case LLP as a tax partner in the Frankfurt office.
Bender, who will join the global mergers and acquisitions practice, where he will focus on the structuring of complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings, working on behalf of sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions and large corporate, the firm said.
“His established track record as a tax lawyer aligns with the firm’s global strategy to strengthen our M&A practice, in which tax advice is structurally integral to transactions from inception to maturity. He’s therefore an ideal strategic fit for our German and cross-border ambitions and will bring additional breadth to our German tax practice,” Markus Hauptmann, the firm’s regional section head in Germany, said in a statement.
White & Case has lawyers in 39 offices in 27 countries.
Baker & McKenzie Lawyers Joins Dentons in Silicon Valley
Dentons US LLP announced that C. Matthew Schulz has joined as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. He was previously at Baker & McKenzie LLP, where he was head of the global immigration and mobility practice in California.
Schulz advises employers on planning and implementing global transfers, including visas, employment agreements, employee benefits and tax planning.
“We serve a global client base with specific employment needs that involve the cross border transfer of a sophisticated and highly-skilled talent pool. Matt’s experience and reputation will ensure that our multinational clients can place their top talent when and where they are needed,” said Sandra R. McCandless, head of Dentons’s employment practice in California.
Dentons has more than 2,500 lawyers and professionals in 79 locations in 52 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe the Middle East and North America.
Davis Polk Adds Finance Partner Monica Holland in New York
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP announced that Monica L.Holland will join the firm in New York as a partner in its credit group. She was previously a partner in Shearman & Sterling LLP’s finance group.
Holland has experience in corporate and leveraged finance. She has represented financial institutions and corporate borrowers in connection with corporate finance transactions, including domestic and cross-border acquisition and leveraged buyout financings, first- and second-lien financings, workouts and debt restructurings, the firm said.
Davis Polk has almost 800 lawyers in 10 offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Jones Day Adds to Its Latin American Practice in Miami
Jones Day announced that Rafael Aguilar joined its Miami office as a partner in the banking and finance practice. He was previously at Akerman Senterfitt LLP, where he was co-chairman of Akerman’s Latin American and Caribbean practice.
Aguilar represents financial institutions, private equity funds, real estate developers, and investors in commercial transactions in Latin America and the U.S., with an emphasis on mortgage and mezzanine financings, acquisitions and dispositions, and joint ventures. He also has experience in the structuring and formation of real estate investment funds, distressed investments and loan restructurings, transportation infrastructure, and public-private partnerships, the firm said.
“Latin America capabilities are critical to our success in Miami, and indeed, a major part of our decision to expand here,” Pedro Jimenez, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s Miami office, said in a statement. “Rafael greatly increases the breadth and quality of the services we can provide to our clients that are doing business in Latin America.”
Jones Day has more than 2,400 lawyers at 40 offices worldwide.
Perkins Coie Adds Lawyers in Three California Offices
Perkins Coie LLP added three lawyers this week. Michael A. Glenn, formerly of the Glenn Patent Group, joined the firm’s Palo Alto office as a partner in the intellectual property practice. Jonesh G. Daryanani, formerly of Loeb & Loeb LLP, joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment practice. And David Chiappetta rejoined the firm as a partner in the commercial litigation practice. Chiappetta was at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne,Australia.
Glenn has experience in patent prosecution, including IP audits and strategy, opinions of counsel, pre-litigation patent defense and assertion, appeals, reissues and reexaminations, the firm said.
Daryanani focuses his practice on all employment and labor litigation and client counseling, including trade secrets and employee mobility litigation. He represents clients in civil litigation, including class actions and administrative proceedings involving wages and hours, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the firm said.
In his previous position, Chiappetta prosecuted antitrust and consumer-protection cases on behalf of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian government’s competition watchdog, the firm said. He has represented corporations on litigation matters with a focus on class actions, complex contractual disputes, antitrust and consumer protection claims.
Perkins Coie has more than 900 lawyers in 19 offices in the U.S. and Asia.
Barnes & Thornburg Adds Atlanta Entertainment Attorney
Barnes & Thornburg LLP added Stephen Weizenecker as a partner in the entertainment and music practice group in Atlanta. He was previously a partner at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP.
Weizenecker works with companies in the entertainment and technology industries, with a focus on film and television, on branding and marketing endeavors. He has experience in the implementation of tax incentive systems for the attraction of entertainment business, the firm said.
Barnes & Thornburg has more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals at 12 U.S. offices.
Pepper Hamilton Adds Corporate and Securities Lawyer
Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Ryan B. Bowers has joined the firm as an attorney in the corporate and securities practice group in Detroit. He was previously general counsel and vice president of operations at Contrast Mechanical Inc.
Bowers concentrates his practice on technology law, intellectual property transactions, software licensing, service agreements and venture capital.
Pepper Hamilton has more than 500 lawyers at 12 U.S. offices.
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