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Squire Patton Boggs Continues Expansion of Data Privacy Practice

Squire Patton Boggs continues the expansion of its Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice (Data Practice), with the addition of a three-lawyer, bi-coastal team from BakerHostetler, based in the firm’s Los Angeles, New York and Miami offices. Their arrival comes on the heel of the firm welcoming Alan L. Friel as Deputy Chair of the Data Practice from BakerHostetler.

The new team comprises: of counsel Kyle R. Fath New York and Los Angeles; senior associate Kyle R. Dull (New York and Miami); and associate Niloufar Massachi (Los Angeles).

“Speaking from personal experience, this is a dynamic team that will give clients a powerful advantage in creating and implementing data privacy compliance programs, commercializing data, assessing cybersecurity risk and responding to incidents and addressing regulatory changes and enforcement actions,” said Mr. Friel. “Kyle, Kyle and Nilou, collectively, bring an enriched perspective to the table, blending industry and public sector experiences that complement the complex work the Data Practice is handling. The team also counsels clients on advertising and sales practices, and has substantial experience with digital advertising and AdTech matters.”

Welcoming the team to the firm, Ann LaFrance, who co-chairs the Global Data Practice, commented, “The continued expansion of our US Data team is an important step in the strategic buildout of our global practice in this area of high and growing demand for our clients, and we are delighted to have these talented and experienced colleagues join our ranks.”

Mr. Fath has developed a practice that offers a unique blend of deep experience in counseling companies through compliance with data privacy laws, such as the CCPA, drafting and negotiating technology agreements, and advising on the privacy, IT, and IP implications of M&A and other corporate transactions. His practice has a particular focus on the ingestion and sharing of data, the implications of digital advertising (as companies look toward the so-called “cookieless future”), and assisting clients through the build-out of e-commerce and other global online platforms.

Mr. Dull, CIPP/US, draws on extensive experience investigating and prosecuting privacy and advertising law violations to advise clients on their own data privacy, cybersecurity and advertising risks. As a former assistant attorney general, he has a solid understanding of consumer protection laws, as well as domestic and international privacy laws, enabling him to counsel clients on technical, contractual, intellectual property and regulatory issues while balancing commercial and consumer interests. Additionally, Mr. Dull has experience defending and resolving privacy and advertising enforcement actions throughout the country.

Ms. Massachi, CIPP/US, focuses her practice on data privacy and protection, advertising, sales and digital media practices counseling, technology transactions, cybersecurity and breach response, and consumer protection law. Her experience includes substantive research and analysis on and application of data privacy laws, including the CCPA, CPRA, the California Shine the Light Act, the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Ms. Massachi draws on her experience to counsel clients on the development and implementation of information governance and compliance programs, including on conducting data inventory and mapping. She regularly drafts policies and procedures for providing consumer data privacy transparency and choice, as well as drafts and negotiates privacy and data security provisions for various types of multiparty agreements. Ms. Massachi also advises clients on digital media and advertising consumer protection programs, such as enhanced notice requirements for cross-device interest-based advertising and the collection of precise location data.

Squire Patton Boggs Builds Private Equity Growth in London

Squire Patton Boggs’ London Private Equity Practice has seen a significant increase in client transactional activity over the past 18 months, as the firm continues to invest heavily in its London team. The firm’s practice group has recently been recognised, for the first time, in the top 20 of legal advisors to companies by volume of deals globally in Refinitiv’s Global Private Equity Legal Advisor Review for the full year 2020.

Since the start of 2020, the UK Private Equity team, which is highly ranked for Private Equity Transactions – Mid-Market in The Legal 500 UK 2021, has acted on 106 private equity-related transactions, with a total deal value of £11 billion.

The firm has made five strategic Private Equity partner hires into its 32 lawyer-strong London Corporate team in the past 13 months: Ben Squires and Charles Leeming from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Stephen Ball from KPMG in February 2020, and Fergus Gallagher from McDermott Will & Emery and Julian Thatcher from MHMK Capital Group (and formerly Macfarlanes) in February 2021.

Recent highlights for the team include:

  • Advising Broadridge Financial Services on its acquisition of Itiviti Group, a leading provider of trading and connectivity technology to the capital markets industry, from Nordic Capital.
  • Advising the shareholders of Qmee Ltd, a data-driven rewards and loyalty company, on a majority stake investment in the company by Capital D.
  • Advising the management team of Ascential plc’s political intelligence, research and stakeholder engagement business, DeHavilland, on its MBO with Bridgepoint.
  • Advising ECI on its acquisition of CSL (Dualcom), the international critical communications service provider.
  • Advising Inflexion on its acquisition of Sparta Global, the technology and training services provider.
  • Advising Lloyd’s Register in connection with the carve-out and sale of its energy services business to Inspirit Capital.
  • Advising US corporate and PE-backed (Oak Hill Capital Partners), Safe Fleet, on its acquisition of Durite, the UK’s leading brand for electrical, lighting and vehicle safety aftermarket products for commercial vehicles.
  • Acting for the incoming management team of the Addison Lee Group, the private car hire operator, in connection with its acquisition by a consortium of investors.
  • Acting for the management team of a KKR-controlled portfolio company on its management equity plan.
  • Acting for a UK real estate-focused investor and investment manager on its logistics joint venture with a US-headquartered global institutional alternative asset management firm.
  • Advising the management team of LDC-backed ADEY Innovation, a manufacturer and supplier of products and services that improve the effectiveness of heating, cooling and water treatment systems, on the sale of the company to Polypipe Group plc.
  • Advising the shareholders of Helios Medical Communications, a global healthcare communications and strategic consultancy, on the investment by NorthEdge.
  • Advising Baird Capital and the management of Prescient Healthcare Group, a global pharma services firm specialising in dynamic decision support and product and portfolio strategy, on the investment in the group by Bridgepoint Development Capital.
  • Acting for Endless LLP on its acquisition of Amscan International, the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of wholesale party products and supplies, from Party City.
  • Advising Tenzing on its acquisition of Motion Picture Licensing Group, the world’s leading global public exhibitions umbrella licence provider.
  • Advising shareholders and management on the buyout backed by MML of Roboyo, the leading robotic process automation consultant and software provider.
  • Advising MML Capital on its investment in Waystone (formerly DMS Governance), a specialist service provider to the asset management industry, and several subsequent platform acquisitions by Waystone.
  • Advising the senior management team of ERS Insurance, the UK’s largest specialist motor insurer, on the terms of PE investment led by Aquiline and Abry.

“We are keenly focused on our London Private Equity Practice,” commented European managing partner, Jonathan Jones. “We are very pleased with how the team has developed over the past year or so, with our lateral partner hires bringing with them a wealth of experience in advising many of the most sophisticated private equity sponsors on a wide-range of high-profile transactions. They have been a perfect fit for the practice and further bolster the firm’s existing top-notch global private equity M&A capabilities, adding further depth to our highly-talented bench of lawyers in London.”

“Our London Private Equity Practice continues to go from strength-to-strength,” added Paul Mann, leader of the UK Private Equity Team. “We had an extremely busy 2H 2020, which has continued into Q1 2021, with sponsors increasingly looking at healthcare, life sciences and tech-focused investments; the deal pipeline continues to look strong in these and other sectors as our private equity clients seek to deploy their capital. Our private equity lawyers have strong sector experience which, combined with the firm’s global, multi-service platform, means that we are ideally placed to provide best-in-class advice to private equity sponsors and financial institutions on complex deals in the UK, continental Europe and globally.”

Revolving doors: New year hiring spree continues international and UK

Firms have doubled down on their recruitment efforts in the new year as the likes of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), K&L Gates, Mishcon de Reya, Morrison & Foerster and Keystone Law all made hires.

Shakespeare Martineau, Burges Salmon, Lewis Silkin, McDermott Will & Emery, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Squire Patton Boggs were also active in the recruitment market in the past week.

Listed-firm Keystone Law has greatly expanded its bench with the group hire of 11 senior lawyers, including seven lateral partners, from a host of firms. Nick Robertson and Clive Howard have joined as partners from Mayer Brown and Slater and Gordon respectively to build out the employment practice, while technology partner Daniel Tozer arrives from Harbottle & Lewis.

Commercial property partner Paula Abrahamian was hired from Fletcher Day, Mark Douglas arrives as a corporate and commercial partner from Hierons, Stephanie Thomas has been appointed as a dispute resolution partner from Bishop & Sewell and Hannah Cornish joins from Slater and Gordon, where she was national head of the family team.

Elsewhere, BCLP has hired construction disputes partner Shy Jackson from Pinsent Masons in London. Nathan Willmott, BCLP European leader for litigation and investigations said: ‘Shy‘s excellent reputation and particular expertise will allow us to expand existing and new client relationships, and further develop business in this space.’

Ever-mobile Mishcon has significantly strengthened its litigation practice, hiring Pinsent Masons’ former head of competition litigation, Ben Lasserson. Lasserson, who previously led antitrust specialist Strange & Butler’s London office, will join a Mishcon competition team consisting of four partners.

Morrison & Foerster has continued the growth of its real estate practice in London with the hire of partner Ed Borrini from Jones Day, while Gibson Dunn has similarly bolstered its real estate finance team with the appointment of partner Robert Carr from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Burges Salmon, meanwhile, has made a lucrative in-house hire, appointing Martin Cook, the former general counsel and company secretary of payments at WorldRemit, as the firm’s head of fintech. Cook, who has also held in-house roles at Funding Circle, Wonga Group and Royal Mail said: ‘I am hugely excited to be joining Burges Salmon’s highly regarded funds and financial regulation team. With a focus on building the firm’s fintech practice, I am looking forward to working alongside the wide range of highly experienced lawyers at Burges Salmon.’

Elsewhere, Midlands-based Shakespeare Martineau has launched a new office in Lincoln with two lateral partner hires from local firm Wilkin Chapman. Litigation partner Jonathan Stork will join on 1 February, while corporate and commercial partner Michael Squirrell has already relocated, as Shakespeare Martineau strives to meet its growth mission of doubling in size by 2023.

Lewis Silkin has also been busy bolstering its UK practice, bringing in Geraint Tilsley and Antony Craggs as corporate and intellectual property partners respectively. While Craggs is a boost to Lewis Silkin’s London contentious IP department, Tilsley will oversee the expansion of the firm’s Cardiff corporate offering.

Giles Crown, joint managing partner of Lewis Silkin, said: ‘2020 was no doubt a challenging year, but we remain resilient and quietly confident about the future. As a firm, we are determined to keep bringing in new talent in order to provide the highest level of service to our clients in our chosen sectors and markets.’

On the international front, McDermott has boosted its international antitrust team with the appointment of Hendrik Viaene as a partner to its Brussels office. Viaene joins from the legal arm of accountancy firm Deloitte, where he led its global centre of expertise in competition and regulatory law. His experience includes over 18 years at leading Benelux firm Stibbe, where he specialised in European and Belgian antitrust law, including litigation.

In Paris, K&L Gates has reinforced its contentious practice with the hire of Barthélemy Cousin from Stephenson Harwood. Cousin, who led Stephenson Harwood’s dispute resolution practice in the region, focuses on international commercial disputes in the insurance, banking, transport and energy sectors.

Cousin’s hire is the latest in a string of additions for the firm, as K&L Gates welcomed more than 30 new partners and of counsel in 2020 in a broad range of contentious and non-contentious practice areas.

Finally, Squire Patton Boggs has added to its life sciences expertise in Frankfurt with the appointment of Rüdiger Herrmann as a partner. Herrmann is joined by director Jochen Eimer, both of whom join from McDermott.

Norton Rose Fulbright cuts 132 roles — majority in London

Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) is to cut over 130 roles across its Europe, Middle East and Asia offices, it confirmed on Friday, with London taking the biggest hit.

The international law firm is to make 114 staff redundant in its London HQ, including 19 associates and counsel. The vast majority of cuts affect secretaries and business services staff.

“We have taken the decision to restructure our business services operating model to set us up to lead and thrive in a period of change and uncertainty,” Peter Scott, EMEA managing partner said. “Our resilient performance over 2020 allows us to make these changes now.”

He continued: “Our new operating model will help us serve our clients as effectively and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, a number of colleagues who have made important contributions will leave us. We have followed a process that is as fair, robust and sensitive as possible, to bring a swift resolution.”

In the wake of the pandemic, a number of major legal players have made job cuts.

In December, Addleshaw Goddard cut 19 lawyer roles across its UK offices following a redundancy consultation, while Reed Smith made thirteen lawyers and six support staff redundant last summer. Other firms to make cuts include Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Shoosmiths and Squire Patton Boggs.