MENA: Arendt named best advisory Firm, UCITS

Arendt & Medernach was named Best Advisory Firm – UCITS on the occasion of the MENA Fund Manager Performance Awards in Dubai. This is the fifth time in a row that the firm has won this award. It testifies to the reliability and quality of the services provided by the office in Dubai. This award recognises the firm as a support and guide for the MENA region fund/asset management domain

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Analytics in Action: Spotlight on Business Development

Join Aderant’s Spotlight Analytics Product Manager, Derek Schutz, February 16, 2017 for a demonstration on how to mine your firm’s data and use actionable metrics to:

  • Slice and dice individuals’ books of business to evaluate opportunities for business development success
  • Expand your client base and improve your success with finding new business
  • Get more business from existing clients
  • Encourage cross-selling between offices and departments

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2PM ET / 11AM PT
Host:
 Derek Schutz, Spotlight Analytics Product Manager

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Bär & Karrer advises Valora on sale of La Praille building in Geneva

Valora has sold the La Praille building in Geneva to Migros for an undisclosed purchase price.

Bär & Karrer acted as legal advisor to Valora in this transaction. The team includ-ed Corrado Rampini and Charles Gschwind (both Real Estate) as well as Christoph Neeracher and Luca Jagmetti (both M&A).

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Women in Silk: yes we can!

There are celebrations at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers today as our sixth silk in 12 months is sworn in at Westminster Hall. With the appointments of Sarah Clarke QC and Debra Powell QC (as well as Gerry Boyle QC), the set will see its third and fourth women elevated to the senior ranks since February 2016, as Sarah and Debra join Katie Gollop QC and Bridget Dolan QC who both took silk last year.

We know that our four appointments will encourage the other women in chambers to aim high” said Bridget. “Our first female QC in chambers is now on the High Court Bench, but the four recent appointments have certainly changed the profile at the top of chambers with 25% of our silks now women.”

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LK Shields acts for Enterprise Ireland on start-up fund

LK Shields Solicitors acted for Enterprise Ireland in connection with its investment in the AIB Start-up Accelerator Fund 2

The Fund is backed by Enterprise Ireland and ACT’s main expansion fund which includes investment from AIB and other private investors. The investments made by the new Fund will focus on developing high-growth, export-oriented companies in sectors such as Software, Internet, Digital Media, Communications and Mobile.

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KR; ATB; THX… the art of the email sign-off

Every now and then I write an article that creates a burst of excited opinion and animated discussion and last month’s Excellent Customer Service was one such piece – clearly all these articles are obviously the stuff of pure magic but some surpass themselves! And the point that caused so much animated conversation – the manner in which email sign-offs have become at best bland and at worst non-existent.

There will be some now who are thinking, ‘Oh here we go, another digital immigrant who started their working life when email was science fiction and formal letters were penned with a quill… blah blah blah.’ But to many people, these things do matter especially in a professional world where one aspect of excellent customer service is an attention to the little things.

It was the valedictory sign off that exercised debate. With informal emails to clients and colleagues you know well you can take your lead from them, but with those you know less well take more care. The overwhelming opinion is that if you simply cannot be bothered to attend to the proper and polite manner of ending a message, then that says much about the level of care for your recipient.

Luan de Burgh
Luan de Burgh

Is ‘KR’ really appropriate? How much longer does it take to tap ‘a’, ‘n’, ‘k’ and ‘s’ in ‘Thanks’ rather than ‘Thx’? What does ‘Best’ actually mean here all by itself? Of course we all know, but would it not demonstrate a little something more by adding ‘With my best wishes’?

As for some others: ‘Regards’ is acceptable but seems fairly anodyne; ‘Rgds’ – see ‘KR’ above; ‘Warm regards’ – maybe it’s just me but this implies that there is more than one level of regards. At what point does that progress to ‘hot regards’?

Of course, no one is saying that you need to follow Andy Burnham’s fawning and much-ridiculed sign-off to the Prince of Wales, ‘I have the honour to remain Your Royal Highness’ humble and obedient servant’ although the attention to proper procedure is admirable, but whatever you choose, the important point is that it looks like you have made an effort and so to the final point and one which universally irritated – not writing your name.

Almost all of us will have an email signature – name, job title, contact details, possibly a logo and then the ubiquitous disclaimers and exhortations to consider the environment and so on.

Please do not use this as your sign off. It is akin to writing a formal letter and leaving the space below your final line and above your printed name completely blank and it looks incomplete. ‘Oh it’s only an email and no one bothers about that these days.’ Well, some do and it’s the little things that go a long way and stand out that will set you apart, and the level of comment on that very point from so many readers at all levels bears witness to that.

With my best wishes,

Luan

Luan de Burgh of the de Burgh Group is a professional public speaker and presentation coach. More of his articles can be read here

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Lenore Anderson: Harnessing the Power of the Public for Bold Change

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The Lawyer Litigation Tracker explained

Firms and chambers will be able to chart their court appearances for the first time with the launch of The Lawyer Litigation Tracker. Drawing on data from all judgments in English and Singaporean civil courts from 2015 and 2016, The Lawyer Litigation Tracker is unique, building into quarterly rankings.

In this short video, The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths and research director Thomas Sturge discuss the forthcoming Litigation Tracker which will unearth vital data for barristers, chambers directors, litigation partners and business development teams in law firms.

While corporate lawyers have long been able to benchmark their activity through the M&A league tables, such research has not been available for litigation market – until now.

You can find out more about how to purchase the reports and data by contacting Richard Edwards at Richard.edwards@thelawyer.com or on 020 7970 4672.

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Mattioli Woods acquires Amati Global Investors

A multi-disciplinary team of lawyers at Walker Morris has advised the specialist wealth management and employee benefits business, Mattioli Woods plc, on its acquisition of Amati Global Investors Limited from Amati Global Partners LLP for £3.33m.

The Walker Morris team was led by Corporate partner John Hamer and supported by Ed Brown, Laura Poole and Luke Riley from Corporate; Andrew Northage and Paul Godsmark (Regulatory & Compliance); Liz Deeley (Employment), Nicola Parkinson (Tax) and Lee Crook (Commercial).

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Jonathan Adkin QC moves back to Serle Court after seven months at Fountain

Serle Court Chambers has lured back commercial silk Jonathan Adkin QC from Fountain Court Chambers, just seven months after he left the New Square set.

Fountain brought Adkin in as part of a major boost to its commercial practice, hiring seven senior barristers last July.

The set also launched a corporate crime practice on the back of the recruitment drive – the first elite commercial set to do so – thanks to the hire of Nicholas Medcroft from Wilberforce and Robin Barclay and Eleanor Davison from Outer Temple. The crime team is led by Richard Lissack QC, who moved over from Outer Temple a few months earlier.

Adkin was one of two QCs to join Fountain Court last July, which also hired Stuart Ritchie QC from Littleton at the same time.

Adkin’s major casework includes the Berezovsky v Abramovich case and the Madoff litigation.

On his return to chambers, Serle Court chief executive John Petrie said: “We are thrilled that Jonathan has decided to return to Serle Court, demonstrating our ability to attract and retain the very best talent at the commercial and Chancery bar. Jonathan was a very popular member of chambers and is welcomed back with open arms.”

Adkin is the second senior silk to do such a U-turn in the last 12 months – a move that is more commonly seen in the solicitors’ profession. Last March 3 Verulam Buildings’ Adrian Beltrami QC revealed he was moving to One Essex Court alongside Sonia Tolaney QC and two juniors. He then reversed his decision – despite having publicly moved all his files to his new chambers – and has remained at his old set.

Fountain Court most recently brought in Anneliese Day QC from 4 New Square in December. Day was named The Lawyer’s Barrister of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2014.

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