US and the Americas

Updates and analysis from The Lawyer covering law firms from the US and the Americas.


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Mishcon exits New York after team departure

After an ongoing struggle to assert itself in New York, Mishcon de Reya has finally shut down its US office 10 years after its launch – with its remaining staff joining King & Wood Mallesons. The closure now leaves Mishcon with no international outpost and its sole base of operations in London, with the firm’s […]

Hogan Lovells strikes deal with Elevate for new legal services hub

Hogan Lovells is debuting a new legal services delivery hub in the US as part of a multimillion-dollar contract struck with provider Elevate. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the centre will provide global document review exercises with a wider range and less costs. It will specialise in matters specifically related to US litigation document review matters […]


Clydes expands South American presence with first Chilean venture

Clyde & Co has made its first venture into Chile after entering into an association with local firm Grasty Quintana Majlis. The association will see the firms work together, refer matters and provide an integrated service to existing clients in the region and globally – the focus will be on the insurance, construction and infrastructure, […]


US firms Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle merge into $1bn outfit

US firms Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath announced today that they will combine to form a new firm beginning operations in February of next year. The merged firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath (Faegre Drinker) will have some 1,300 lawyers and consultants across 22 offices in the US, China, and the UK, […]

Virgin Galactic hires former MoFo lawyer as GC

Richard Branson’s commercial aerospace company Virgin Galactic has brought in a new general counsel from US satellite imagery provider Maxar. Michelle Kley is joining as general counsel with the added responsibility of secretary and executive vice president of legal for Virgin Galactic, a publicly-listed company that is part of the Virgin conglomerate and is developing […]

Slaughters takes the lead for Cineworld on $2.1bn acquisition

Slaughter and May, Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker McKenzie have all won key roles on Cineworld’s latest North American acquisition. The FTSE250 company has bought the Canadian cinema chain Cineplex, valuing it at $2.1bn, just a year after it completed its acquisition of the US chain Regal Entertainment. Slaughters’ David Johnson took the lead for […]


Featured Briefings

Who owns the ink? Reproduction of tattoos in film, photographs and video games

By Alexis Vaughan The bearer of a tattoo understandably has a strong personal connection to the ink that is permanently embedded in their skin. In some cases, the tattoo becomes an integral part of that person’s image and persona. As such, many tattooed individuals may be surprised to know that someone else may own the […]

2020 Accessibility To-Do List (Ontario)

By Anne Lemay As 2020 begins, we are already looking forward to the end of the year and to 2021. There are two key deadlines coming up under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”): December 31, 2020: the deadline for organizations with 20 or more employees in Ontario to file an Accessibility Compliance […]

Canada’s piece of the regulatory pie: Application of Canadian data privacy laws to a local data processor with a global reach

By Wendy J. Wagner, Christopher Oates, Sarah Boucaud In late 2019, the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (“OIPC”) and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) collaborated in the investigation of a company connected to the use of personal information for political campaign efforts. Several companies including Facebook,[1] […]

Vavilov : Changes To administrative law in Canada

By James Green In late December, the Supreme Court released its decision in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65. Quite apart from the colourful facts of the case (involving the citizenship of children of Russian spies born in Canada whose family was apparently the inspiration for the television series “The […]

Five ways legal technology can help navigate knowledge management

By Sarah Leicester One of a corporate lawyer’s top jobs is to help their clients navigate the complexity of law in order to obtain the best possible outcome for their business. In doing so, the goal is to exceed client expectations by achieving knowledge management efficiencies that allow you to share that same legal experience […]

Technology-based reverberations: The impact on new investments and exits in Canadian private equity

Earlier this year, our private equity team identified the technology sector to be an area gaining increasing momentum throughout 2019 for both Canadian and international investors. In August, we assisted McRock Capital in its $80 million initial closing of its second venture capital fund, dedicated solely to investing in the global trend around the Industrial […]

Ontario government announces changes to retail cannabis market

By Peter Simeon, Adam Sherman The Ontario government has announced significant changes to the retail cannabis market. Those changes include the elimination of the previous lottery based system for retail store operator licences, and a loosening of restrictions on the ownership and operation of retail stores. Gowling WLG Focus The objective of the amended Ontario […]

California Consumer Privacy Act: Are UK businesses ready?

By Brian Craig On 1 January 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) – a new data privacy and consumer protection law designed to give data subjects in California more control over their personal data and ensure that businesses are transparent with their data processing activities – comes into force. UK businesses should have already […]

Prime Minister Trudeau’s mandate letters to cabinet ministers

By Richard G. Dearden, Wendy J. Wagner, Hunter Fox Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released the mandate letters for each of the 37 cabinet Ministers of his minority Liberal government. This bulletin highlights some of the priority initiatives set out in the mandate letters for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, […]

British Columbia shareholder transparency : 2020

By Barbara Wohl On May 1, 2020, as a result of amendments to the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia), each British Columbia private company must have in place and thereafter maintain a transparency register which lists potentially sensitive information about certain “significant individuals” who own or control a significant number of its shares or who […]

Significant changes to the Class Proceedings Act proposed in Bill 161

By Scott Kugler, Marco Romeo The Class Proceedings Act (Ontario) came into effect on January 1, 1993, and has remained virtually unchanged for more than 25 years. Bill 161 now proposes amendments to the Act which, if enacted, will significantly alter the class action landscape. Key Proposed Changes Permitting meritless cases to be shut down […]

Proceed with caution: The risk of ineffective environmental indemnities

By Maya Stano Environmental indemnities must cover all applicable operations and project lifecycle phases. Otherwise, as highlighted in a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC), even a carefully drafted indemnity can be rendered null and of no effect. In R v Resolute FP Canada Inc., 2019 SCC 60, the SCC considered the […]

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