fivehundred magazine | Special Edition: EMEA Elite

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In this special edition around crisis management, fivehundred draws together highly experienced law firm leaders from around the globe to discuss the challenges and steps taken – from the technological to the logistical, from managing staff well being and communications to respond to client demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Insights are provided from a diverse range of jurisdictions, with experienced private practice lawyers based in Belgium, The UK, India, Portugal, South Korea, China, Albania, Taiwan and Cyprus discussing how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting their respective legal markets, and advise ways in which law firms and in-house counsel can improve the integrity and resilience of their future crisis planning.

For most of us, the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any other risk event that we have ever encountered in our lifetimes. As the world of work has changed in response to the crisis, law firms have adapted to the situation accordingly.

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Managing Internal Investigations in a Post Covid-19 World

The Headline on 12 June 2020 was that the UK economy shrank by 20.4% over the month of April and by 25% between February and April. Over those three months, some businesses have sadly failed and others have had, almost overnight, to adapt to an entirely new way of working. When the threat of the …

Inside this Edition

Focus on… CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC)

CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC) is a progressive law firm with an all in-demand specialism. Our firm has a very well-established practice advising on the business side of the law. Our core specialisations encompass the wide range of matters likely to be encountered by the firm’s clients, locally and internationally, including commercial, corporate, banking, …

Interview with… Maria-Pia Hope, Advokatfirman Vinge KB

What would you single out as the key distinguishments of your firm? MP: The Swedish market is mature and comparatively international and Vinge one of a limited number of firms capable of offering real breadth and depth. This is not least because of the understanding of local market conditions that comes from being long-established, and …

Focus on… IBLAW

IBLAW is one of the leading multi-practiced regional law firms offering full-service legal support across a wide range of services, sectors and industries. IBLAW serves an impressive portfolio of local and international clients across wide range of services and industries of all types and sizes in both the private and public sectors.  Founded by Senior Partner …

Interview with… Dr. Salaheddin Al-Bashir

Dr. Salaheddin Al-Bashir is the Founder and Senior Partner of the International Business Legal Associates- IBLAW, one of the largest and leading law firms in Jordan. IBLAW specializes in Intellectual Property rights, policy work, project finance and Privatizations, and Corporate and commercial work. Dr. Al-Bashir is currently heading IBLAW Policy team in advising on the …

Focus on… Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten (“BJTK”) is a boutique law firm based in Amsterdam specialised in transactions (including mergers & acquisitions and investment rounds)and projects (including in the renewable energy sector) ). BJTK was founded by 4 senior lawyers from top Tier firms in the Netherlands (Stibbe, Freshfields and Linklaters) in March 2014. BJTK’s senior-led transactions and …

Interview with… Quirijn Biesheuvel

In relation to the current pandemic, how would you characterise how Dutch law firms have reacted to continuing to support clients. For example, have firms stepped up in order to provide tech solutions to facilitate court and other hearings or the ease with which clients can track developments/costs? Dutch law firms, civil law notaries and …

Focus on… О2 Consulting

О2 Consulting is a law firm with offices in Moscow, Zurich, Nicosia and Minsk. The firm has been advising clients on Russian and foreign law, tax and corporate finance since 2003. O2’s clients include international and Russian private equity funds, venture capital funds, financial and investment companies, brokers, industry leaders, hi-tech start-ups and business owners. …

Interview with… Eavan Saunders, Dentons

With 10,500+ lawyers and professionals in 189 locations in 77 countries, Dentons is today the largest law firm in the world and has more people in more places than any of our competitors. Dentons’ coverage matches with a significant number of our clients.  Where we do not yet have a required presence, we team with …

Interview with… Nelson Raposo Bernardo  

The Portuguese legal market has recently witnessed considerable movement at the partner level. Are these the first signs of a generational shift and modernisation within the legal profession? They are important signs that reveal that the Portuguese market has coming of age and some sophistication. In most cases, the partners have moved to other well-established …

Focus on… Dentons

With 10,500+ lawyers and professionals in 189 locations in 77 countries, Dentons is today the largest law firm in the world and has more people in more places than any of our competitors. Dentons’ coverage matches with a significant number of our clients. Where we do not yet have a required presence, we team with …

Focus on… MOLITOR

MOLITOR will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2021, having built a brand as a one-stop shop for clients seeking its renowned litigation expertise as well as its advisory services and legal technical support in various domains. Whilst being an independent firm based in Luxembourg, we have a broad international network continuously developed and maintained since …

Interview with… Maria Carlsson

How is the Finnish market uniquely placed to support the development of new digital services and technologies? Finland – as well as the other Nordic countries – is a country well known for its highly educated workforce and long-term investment into innovation and entrepreneurship. The Nordic region has provided a fruitful platform for many international …

Focus on… Orrick

Orrick Italy is one of the leading international firms active in the Italian market. With +120 professionals, some of which are dual qualified in UK and US, our Italian team work side by side with clients in achieving their business goals. Based in Milan and Rome, our lawyers provide a fully cross-practice and cross-border assistance …

Focus on… Dimitrijevic & Partners

Dimitrijević & Partners are recognized as being one of the leading litigation practices in the country with a strong reputation for their commercial approach to resolving business disputes. Firm`s litigation team always upholds the highest ethical standards while keeping the integrity of the client in mind. Dimitrijević & Partners are proud to have experience in …

Interview with… Stevan Dimitrijević

A number of firms with international alliances have set up operations in Bosnia, what has this meant for smaller domestic practices? and how is your firm attracting foreign investors? International law firms brought new practice and know-how to local market, which benefited both the clients but also local law firms in raising their knowledge base …