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Interview with… Lawrence S. Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, Co-Chairs of Vinson & Elkins’ Shareholder Activism Practice

We sat down with Lawrence Elbaum and Patrick Gadson, based in New York City, to see what has made their Shareholder Activism Practice team achieve such success

Inside this Edition

Interview with… Baldvin Bjorn Haraldsson, managing partner, BBA Fjeldco

Has Iceland’s relied-upon tourism sector weathered the impacts of Covid-19? Have you seen or are you expecting a resurgence in Iceland’s tourism soon? The tourism sector was likely the most hard-hit by the pandemic in term of revenue losses and the need for layoffs. Companies within the tourism industry were however the recipients of a …

Focus on… DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark is one of the largest law firms in Denmark and is the only Danish law firm in a global network. This enables us always to provide a strong team and perform cross-border services and to draw on the knowledge and insight of our 6,600 fellow lawyers throughout the world. In Denmark DLA …

Interview with… Martin Lavesen, managing partner, DLA Piper

What are the biggest challenges facing the Danish legal market in the next 12 months? Experience over the last two years has shown us that the biggest challenges tend to be unpredictable. Digitalisation of our business is an important step on the road to the fourth industrial revolution and sets the agenda for both our …

Focus on… ETAH-NAN & C°

ETAH-NAN & C° is a bilingual (French and English) Law Firm created in 1985. The Firm presently has eleven members. This makes the firm one of the biggest by prevailing local standards. Members in the Firm are essentially Civil (French Lawyers), Common Law Lawyers (English Lawyers), American Lawyers and others specialised in Comparative Law (English …

Focus on… Marić & Co Law Firm

Marić & Co Law Firm stands on the shoulders of more than 70 years of experience and practice in the legal market of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having in mind that it is difficult to find a small country with such a complicated political and legal system, we are fully aware that quality advice requires deep …

Focus on… CMS Albania

CMS Albania was founded in 2009, member of CMS since 2011, is an integrated, multi-jurisdictional organisation of law firms that offers full-service legal and tax advice. CMS has longstanding expertise both at advising in its local jurisdictions and across borders. CMS offers specialist, business-focused advice to clients – from major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising …

Focus on.. Meitar

Meitar is the leading law firm in Israel in the commercial field, with a reputation and extensive experience in handling a wide range of local and international issues. The Firm is prominent in international transactions, mergers, and acquisitions, commercial litigation, hi-tech, capital markets, banking, antitrust, and taxes. The Firm’s legal staff, which includes over 460 …

Focus on… Itkan Law Firm

Established almost two decades ago, Itkan Law Firm is a niche boutique in the legal Libyan market. With the adoption of the international standards of international law firms, Itkan has become a point of reference for international companies whether they wish to establish a presence in Libya, wish to flee the country, or merely seek …

Focus on… Kellerhals Carrard

We are Kellerhals Carrard: internationally networked, represented throughout Switzerland and locally anchored. Kellerhals Carrard has equally strong local roots in all three language regions and all Swiss economic centres. We work in all national and many foreign languages and are globally networked in all business areas with leading law firms, business centers and professional organizations. …

Focus on… ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is an eminent, independent Turkish law firm based in Istanbul. The firm was founded in 2005. ELIG Gürkaynak is committed to providing its clients with high-quality legal services and combines a solid knowledge of Turkish law with a business-minded approach to develop legal solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of its clients …

Interview with… Gönenç Gürkaynak, Managing Partner, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

What are the biggest challenges facing the Turkish legal market in the next 12 months? Despite the outbreak of the global pandemic, Turkey’s economy continues to grow, and throughout this period, the IT and technology sectors have had the most dynamic transactions in the Turkish legal market. As such, it has become essential to keep …

Interview with… Claudia Götz Staehelin, partner, Kellerhals Carrard

Have ESG considerations prompted you to re-evaluate the service you provide? We have noticed in our advisory work that many companies, especially those with international operations, have long since recognized that the days when reporting on corporate social responsibility issues was primarily a “check-the-box” exercise illustrated in nice “glossy” brochures are a thing of the …

Interview with… Albudery Shariha, Founding Partner / Practice Head, Itkan Law Firm

What are the biggest challenges facing the Libyan legal market in the next 12 months? The main challenge the Libyan legal market will face over the course of these twelve months will be dealing with the varying levels of stability and uncertainty due to political strife and military conflicts. These problems directly affect both the …

Interview with… Mike Rimon, partner, Meitar Law Firm

What are the biggest challenges facing the Israeli legal market in the next 12 months? The Israeli market will continue to be led by the technology sector, which has been effected by the significant decrease in the valuations of growth companies that went public in 2021. We therefore expect to see continued pressure by early …

Interview with Branko Marić, Managing Partner, Marić & Co. Law Firm

Following the recent dip, what is your prediction for levels of foreign investment into Bosnia & Herzegovina in the next year? Considering its history and the political complexities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are continuously in a state of crisis, whether it is political uncertainties, Covid -19 or regional effects. Despite that, foreign investors keep …

Interview with… Spiros Komitopoulos, managing partner, A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners

What are the biggest challenges facing the Greek legal market in the next 12 months? If we have learnt anything over the last 2 years, it is that we must remain flexible and adaptable, which is perhaps the first challenge for any firm. After that, there are a number of other challenges we face. Firstly, …