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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… Juan Carlos Castillo Chacón, Aguilar Castillo Love

With thanks to Paula Ibargüen, for co-ordinating the content for this interview Where do you feel your clients need the most legal support in the next 12 months? In recent years, we have seen a trend where inevitably the business and foreign investment world is increasingly engaging with standards that were typically isolated or non-existent …

Interview with… Duygu Doğan Şahiner – Partner at Kılınç Law & Consulting

What was it that made you want to become a lawyer? I have wanted to be a lawyer since I was a child. I especially wanted to wear that robe, defence people and work in a big crowded office. My family has always stood by me and supported me in this regard. You head Kılınç …

Interview with… Seray Özsoy Yavuz – Partner at Kılınç Law & Consulting

What was your route into law? Although I did not have any lawyers in my family that I would regard as a role model and take inspiration from; since I was a child my goal was to become a successful lawyer. I think the analytical thinking principles associated with the legal sector, being fair and …

Focus on… JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic

The law firm JPM Janković Popović Mitić has more than three decades of experience in representing the most prestigious Serbian companies and advising international clients coming to Serbia and the region of Southeast Europe. Our lawyers have exceptional experience and expertise in providing legal services to the industrial and corporate sectors in as many as …

Interview with… Aniekan Ukpanah, managing partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

What are the biggest challenges facing the Nigerian legal market in the next 12 months? The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy continues to be both disruptive and transformative. In the run-up to the 2023 election, uncertainty deriving from foreign exchange market volatility, changes in the legal, regulatory, and fiscal framework governing …

Interview with… Dr Jelena Gazivoda, managing partner, JPM Jankovic Popovic Mitic

What are the biggest challenges facing the Serbian legal market in the next 12 months? It is rather difficult to predict what the upcoming 12 months will bring and how they’ll affect our everyday life as well as the business environment in Serbia and consequently the Serbian legal market. The Serbian economy has been adversely …

Focus on… Soliman, Hashish & Partners

Soliman, Hashish & Partners is a full-service corporate law firm that is recognized internationally as one of the leading financial and corporate law firms in Egypt by IFLR 1000, Chambers and The Legal 500. SHP works exclusively with well-structured multinational clients and focuses on Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Energy & Electricity, Construction, …

Interview with… Frederic Soliman and Mohamed Hashish, managing partners, Soliman, Hashish & Partners

What are the biggest challenges facing the Egyptian legal market in the next 12 months? Frederic Soliman: I believe that the biggest two (2) challenges facing the Egyptian legal market in the next 12 months will be mainly the impact of the Egyptian Pound’s devaluation vs USD and recruitment. Do you consider sustainability credentials important …

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 …