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… 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 …

Interview with… Olga Sorokina, O2 Consulting

There are significant changes in the area of tax law, including the amendments and the renegotiations of double tax treaties (DTTs) with particular countries (for example, Malta, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Luxembourg). How do these amendments affect your clients and what steps are they taking in light of those? During last year a number of significant …

Interview with… Anders Stubbe Arndal, Kromann Reumert

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has had varying degrees of impact on industries across Denmark, what if anything did the firm learn from the crisis about the nature of contemporary legal work in the country? We learned that contemporary legal work in Denmark has become highly digitalized and that we were able to continue operations without …

Interview with… Anne Marie Due, Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Anne Marie Due, Managing Partner at Advokatfirmaet Hjort discusses how the firm is adapting to clients’ needs in the Norwegian and global market

Interview with… Davidson Oturu, AELEX

Nigeria:  As one of the world’s richest nations in terms of natural resources, how has the huge upswing in infrastructure investment and natural resources transactions emerging from China impacted the legal market? Is this producing work for a large number of firms, or just internationals?  Over the years, Chinese investments in Nigeria have become a …