Suzanne Loov has been named general counsel and corporate secretary of Connacher Oil and Gas. She is based in the company’s Calgary head office and took up her position on 1 September.
Local firms dominate the Brazilian legal market as international law firms wishing to enter the market still have to contend with regulatory barrier Provimento 91/2000. However, there is likely to be some liberalisation in the upcoming years, which local and international firms are watching with interest as this could result in a shake up in the legal market. As it stands, Brazil's development as a major world economy is keeping top lawyers and firms busy. This year we single out six leading firms who garner the most listings. Pinheiro Neto Advogados leads our research with more inclusions than any other firm: 56, across 24 different practice areas. Veirano Advogados boasts 33 listings in 16 chapters and is especially well represented in the areas of project finance, labour and employment and mining. Following closely behind is Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados with 26 inclusions and Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados with 24. TozziniFreire Advogados is one of the elite law firms in Brazil, with 19 listings across 13 practice areas. Demarest Advogados boasts 15 inclusions across 10 chapters, with its M&A practice demonstrating particular strength, and Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão has 18 listings. Click here to view the results of our research.
Following thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, 456 individuals from 190 different firms have been selected for inclusion in our 2013 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Brazil. Brazil has seen a slowing down in the rate of GDP growth in recent years, following a period of strong economic improvement, with a deceleration from 7.5 per cent to 2.7 per cent in 2011, and down again to 0.9 per cent in 2012. Despite this, Brazil still had the world’s seventh largest GDP in 2012. While other countries are still recovering from the huge hit due to the recession, emerging markets like Brazil have benefited from relatively stable economic growth, low inflation rates and improvements in social welfare. Click here to view the results of our research.
This edition covers 32 distinct practice areas includes one new area: private client. It also has two chapters which have been expanded and renamed. Our internet, e-commerce and data protection chapter is now called information technology, so as to include outsourcing practitioners, and our regulatory communications chapter is renamed telecoms and media, so as to include transactional lawyers and better reflect the scope of work done by lawyers in this field. The largest chapter in our research by far is M&A, with 43 practitioners selected for inclusion, demonstrating that the despite the global downturn the Brazilian market is showing resilience. Our competition section identifies 39 lawyers, while 38 individuals are selected for inclusion in our corporate tax chapter, with tax litigators reporting an especially busy year. Our insurance and reinsurance chapter has grown the most doubling from nine practitioners in our previous edition to 18 in this one. This reflects the "boom" in this market, with an average growth of about 13 per cent a year in premiums. We also have two practice area reviews in this edition, written by leading lawyers in their respective fields. Luiz Leonardos of Luiz Leonardos & Cia takes an in-depth look at patent regulatory developments and Cecilia Vidigal Monteiro de Barros of Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados outlines the country's construction laws. Click here to view the results of our research.
The PNC Financial Services Group has announced the appointment of Gregory Jordan as general counsel and head of regulatory and government affairs. He will also be a member of the executive committee and will take up these positions on 15 October based in the firm’s Pittsburgh head office.
Luciano Di Via has moved to Clifford Chance to become a partner in its M&A corporate practice. He took up the position on 1 August and will be based between the firm’s Rome and Milan offices, and is the firm’s only competition partner based in Italy.
Louis Kimmelman and Dana MacGrath have joined Sidley Austin in New York from Allen & Overy. Appointed as partner and counsel respectively, they took up their positions on 3 September.
Olga Humlová has joined commercial property developers HB Reavis as chief executive, heading up the firm’s Czech subsidiary. She took up her position on 1 August.
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