US and the Americas

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

News

Goodwin announces cuts across US offices

Goodwin Procter has kicked off a redundancy round that is to affect fee-earners, paralegals and other business services staff in its US offices. In an internal firm document viewed by The Lawyer, sent by chairman Robert Insolia and managing partner Mark Bettencourt, the firm attributed a slowdown in demand coupled with “staffing levels too high” […]

Osborne Clarke’s outgoing UK boss preps for Stateside move

The outgoing managing partner of Osborne Clarke’s UK business is taking on a new role at the firm over on the West Coast. Ray Berg is moving to the US from Spring 2023, where he will be a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He will be leading on business development, working closely with […]

Celsius Network bitcoin

Kirkland leads as cryptocurrency company files for bankruptcy

Kirkland & Ellis has won a transatlantic mandate to advise cryptocurrency loan company Celsius Network as it enters Chapter 11 proceedings in the US. London partners Kon Asimacopoulos and Hannah Crawford are leading the charge in the City, while the US deal team is helmed by New York partner Josh Sussberg, and Patrick Nash and […]

Katie Sudol

Simpson Thacher partner joins KKR as new GC

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has appointed a new general counsel from its longstanding legal adviser. New York-based Kathryn King Sudol has joined as its new general counsel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she was global co-head of M&A. Sudol is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Northwestern University School […]

US firms set to cover abortion costs for employees

Firms in the US, with workforces impacted by last week’s Supreme Court decision on abortion rights, are entering discussions with their medical insurers to determine whether they can cover out-of-state travel costs. The US Supreme Court last week overturned Roe v Wade, meaning it will be up to individual states to make decisions on abortions. […]

Austin Texas

Ashurst unveils third US office in Texas

Ashurst has expanded further in the United States, announcing the launch of an office in Texas. The base in Austin will be its third office in the US, after New York and Los Angeles. It is expected to focus predominantly on infrastructure investment, development and finance matters in transport, social infrastructure and water. The new […]

Analysis

Amazon

Cooley’s problem with Amazon

Last month, Cooley unveiled its first revenue dip since it opened in the City in 2015. Behind that lies a major tussle over firm strategy – and in particular, its relationship with one of the most powerful companies in the world.

Century City

After O’Melveny came Akin: How A&O’s LA plans shifted

“Now we have a presence in LA, it expands our opportunities,” says Allen & Overy’s US senior partner Tim House in reflection of the firm’s bold hire of Akin Gump’s West Coast project finance team last week. The magic circle firm has established itself in LA through the hire of six partners and 13 lawyers […]

Silicon Valley

Four reasons why Freshfields’ Silicon Valley launch affects the City

For a UK-headquartered firm, launching in Northern California is high-risk and high-impact. Unimaginably, a firm from the magic circle – that supposedly fragile, fading band – has opened its doors with seven senior lawyers, having lured not only prominent capital markets partner Sarah Solum from Davis Polk, but at the same time Boris Feldman, a […]

Featured Briefings

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

Canada: Employment, Labour & Equalities Law Webinar Series | Remote Workplace

Remote work – what was once the exception in most workplaces is now becoming the new standard. With the shift to remote work, however, comes new legal issues and challenges for employers. In this on-demand webinar, a panel of legal professionals unpack the various employment, health and safety, privacy, tax and immigration issues that may arise within the remote work environment and highlight the best practices through which to address these issues.

Depp v Heard, and what is SLAPP litigation/Anti SLAPP?

Currently taking place in the Fairfax County Courthouse, Virginia, US, and with a celebrity witness line-up and livestream, Johnny Depp v Amber Heard is sure to attract the most column inches of any libel case this year.

Canada: Revisiting five noteworthy expropriation cases from 2021

In Expropriation Law: 2021 A Year in Review, Gowling WLG’s national Expropriation Law Group has summarized several complex and compelling expropriation cases from across Canada in 2021. In the article, the team highlights a number of important issues and key takeaways for those parties involved in the expropriation process.

Launch of Ontario’s life sciences strategy coincides with announcement of investment in OmniaBio Inc. biomanufacturing facility

On March 31, 2022, Ontario announced its life sciences strategy, “Taking Life Sciences to the Next Level,” together with a press release detailing a $40 million loan through Invest Ontario to build a $580 million commercial scale cell and gene therapy contract and development manufacturing facility at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario. The investment in OmniaBio Inc., a subsidiary of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine is part of Phase I of Ontario’s two phase life sciences strategy.