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Weyerhaeuser announces new general counsel appointment

Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, has promoted Devin Stockfish to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary succeeding Sandy McDade who will retire in July. He is based in Federal Way, Washington.

Former PepsiCo deputy GC moves to Visa in California

Financial services corporation Visa has announced a wave of new appointments including the hire of deputy general counsel and executive vice president Kelly Mahon Tullier who will commence the role in June this year and transition to general counsel in October.

Goodwin Procter recruits IT specialist in DC

Goodwin Procter has hired Gerard Stegmaier in Washington, DC as a partner in its privacy and data security practice. He joins from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

HMS Holdings breathes new life into legal department with general counsel hire

Gene DeFelice has been named executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of healthcare benefits coordinator HMS Holdings. He took up the role on 24 March and is based at the company’s Irvine, Texas headquarters.

Pinsent Masons welcomes construction specialist in Beijing

Helena Chen

Construction expert Helena Chen has joined the Beijing office of Pinsent Masons. She arrives from Formosan Brothers in Taipei where she had been a partner since 2001and founded its construction practice a year later.

Practice Areas

This publication covers 34 practice areas, with the largest chapter being arbitration, which recognises 53 first-class practitioners. The depth of expertise in this field is no doubt helped by the fact that France is an arbitration friendly jurisdiction, with supportive courts and knowledgeable judges. Paris in particular is seen as a key centre for French-language disputes, notably those relating to francophone Africa. Forty-six individuals are hailed as outstanding for their corporate tax expertise, particularly due to their ability to navigate clients through the significant changes to the country's tax regime in recent years. Our technology, media and telecoms section has 41 lawyers singled out, with outsourcing, data protection and cloud computing generating significant amounts of work. This edition also features three practice area reviews written by leading experts. Aurélien Hamelle of Allen & Overy takes an in-depth look at recent significant criminal business law cases, the legal and regulatory framework and predicted developments in this sector. Joseph Vogel and Louis Vogel of Vogel & Vogel explore recent procedural topics in competition law, and Joël Grangé and Olivier Kress of Flichy Grangé Avocats examine the impact of Law No. 2013-504, which is a major legislative change to the country's labour and employment law. To view the results of our research please click here.

France in Brief

France’s legal marketplace is heavily concentrated in its capital. There are approximately 50,000 lawyers in France, almost half of whom are based in the Paris region – a phenomenon that is unlikely to change. Not only are the country’s leading companies and financial institutions based in the capital, but the Court of Paris has exclusive jurisdiction for all patent litigation and it is also the centre of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. For those looking for the leading professionals able to handle complex, cross-border matters, "There is no choice but to turn to a Paris-based lawyer.” To view the results of our research please click here.

Schjødt boosts restructuring practice with key hire

Schjødt has appointed Siv Sandvik, one of Norway’s leading insolvency specialists, as a partner in both the restructuring and insolvency and the banking and finance practices.

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