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Gail Shulman makes move to United Online as general counsel

United Online has appointed Gail Shulman as executive vice president and general counsel. She took up her new role on 7 January and is based at the company’s headquarters in Woodland Hills, California.

Top space technology company hires Tom McCabe as general counsel

Orbital Sciences has appointed Tom McCabe as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. He joined the company on 6 January at its headquarters in Dulles, Virginia.

Top Swedish arbitrator launches independent practice in Paris

Sigvard Jarvin

Sigvard Jarvin has left international firm Jones Day after 12 years to set up his own practice in Paris.

Mexico: Leading Firms

We identify eight leading firms who achieve the highest number of listings in this edition. Although many international firms maintain a strong presence in the Mexican legal market, it is still the domestic firms and home-grown lawyers that dominate our research. The recently merged Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau builds upon the years of experience of its respective counterparts Ritch Mueller and Heather & Heather and boasts an impressive 27 inclusions, more than any other firm. Following closely behind with 25 listings in 10 different chapters is Galicia Abogados. The firm particularly excels in the fields of banking and M&A. Mijares Angoitia Cortés y Fuentes remains a standout law firm in Mexico City and in this edition it achieves 23 inclusions across 10 sections. Santamarina y Steta and Basham Ringe y Correa field 22 inclusions apiece, with both demonstrating the depth and breadth of their commercial expertise. A further three firms are singled out; Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez, González Calvillo and Barrera Siqueiros y Torres Landa. To view the results of our research please click here.

Practice Areas

This publication covers 26 distinct practice areas and includes one new chapter: administrative litigation. This is a fast-growing area of law in the country due to an increase in government regulation and thus is creating opportunities for individuals and firms to develop their practices in this field. There are also three renamed and expanded chapters this year. Our internet, e-commerce and data protection chapter has been retitled "information technology", so as to include outsourcing practitioners among others. The regulatory communications section has been broadened to telecoms and media and now includes transactional lawyers to better reflect the scope of work done by lawyers in this field. Our oil and gas chapter has also been enlarged, and now includes the nuclear energy, renewables and power sectors. The largest chapter by far is mergers and acquisitions, with 44 individuals singled out for their expertise indicating the sophistication of the country's legal market in this area. Those we spoke to are predicting that deal activity will continue to rise in 2014, notably in the energy and telecommunications sectors. Our banking section boasts 29 inclusions, with lawyers remaining active despite the slowdown in economic activity towards the end of 2013. Furthermore, practitioners are optimistic that recent reforms will result in a busy year ahead. Twenty-nine real estate and construction lawyers are also singled out, reflecting the activity of the market and the interest of both local and international investors in Mexican property investment trusts. Other chapters with significant numbers of listings include capital markets, corporate tax, intellectual property and project finance.  To view the results of our research please click here.

Mexico in Brief

Mexico is one of the world’s most important emerging economies and since President Nieto took office in December 2012, it has been renewing its efforts to become a leader in Latin America. Nieto has acted quickly to pursue his far-reaching reform programme, notably in the areas of telecoms and broadcasting, tax, and oil and gas. The future for the economy and legal market looks bright, as these changes bring increased work for lawyers. To view the results of our research please click here.

Bradley Arant welcomes heavyweight defence lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi

William Goodman III

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings has announced the appointment of life sciences litigator William Goodman III who joins as a partner in its Jackson office.

Pfizer’s new general counsel takes up role early following sudden departure

Pfizer has announced that Doug Lankler has taken up the role of executive vice president and general counsel based in New York, following the departure of general counsel Amy Schulman on 17 December 2013. She was due to take up the position of head of vaccines, oncology and consumer healthcare this month, but has separated from the organisation by mutual agreement. Lankler took over with immediate effect following Schulman’s resignation, reporting to Pfizer’s chief executive officer Ian Read.

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