Collas Crill a ‘firm to watch’

Asian Legal Business has published its 2017 annual Firms to Watch, listing Collas Crill as the only offshore law firm. The feature, which started in February 2015, offers a glimpse into the future of the Asian legal industry and features just 15 firms.

Collas Crill was credited for getting off to a strong start in 2017 with the merger of BVI law firm Farara Kerins and hire of Stephen Adams as its new Singapore managing partner in the second half of 2016.

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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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