US and the Americas

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


New York City

Kirkland ramps up New York recruitment with Davis Polk hire

Kirkland & Ellis has recruited corporate rising star Sophia Hudson in New York, luring her from fellow US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. Hudson spent 12 years at Davis Polk, working within the capital markets group. She was made partner in 2014, alongside corporate partner Byron Rooney and London partner Reuven Young. At the time, Young was […]


Paul Hastings revamps City management after O’Sullivan’s global promotion

Paul Hastings has reshuffled its London leadership after it was revealed that the firm’s longstanding City head Ronan O’Sullivan would be stepping up to a new global position. Tax partner Arun Birla will take on the post previously occupied by O’Sullivan as head of Paul Hastings’ London operations. O’Sullivan now serves as global co-managing partner of […]

Shazam-apple deal

Travers Smith and Cooley advise on Shazam-Apple deal

Travers Smith has led on the acquisition of music recognition app Shazam by Apple after the deal was cleared by EU regulators. Shazam was advised by a team led by corporate finance partner Andrew Gillen which also included corporate finance senior associate Jamie Lumsden and  corporate finance associates Simon Inder and Graeme Scotchmer. In addition, […]

New York Stock Exchange

Orrick and Latham advise on FarFetch float

Orrick, Latham & Watkins and Fenwick & West have taken the lead advising on luxury online retailer FarFetch‘s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Latham & Watkins is advising FarFetch, with a capital markets team led by New York partners Marc Jaffe and Ian Schuman, and London partner Joshua Kiernan. Orrick is acting for a […]

New York City

LOD targets US as future biggest market in growth strategy

Flexible lawyering service Lawyers On Demand (LOD) has laid out its plans for significant growth in the US with hopes that it will become the provider’s biggest market in the next “few years”. In a bid to further its ambitions in the US, LOD co-founder John Knox relocated to the North Eastern state of Connecticut […]


Featured Briefings

Canada: New checks under Police Record Checks Reform Act

By Amy Derickx On Nov. 1, 2018, new “checks” on the police record check system will be in force under Ontario’s Police Record Checks Reform Act. Organizations who rely upon police record checks as a method of determining suitability for employment or volunteer work will want to review related policies and procedures for the purposes of […]

Brazilian democracy and election changes

By Ricardo Junqueiro Getúlio Vargas once said that Brazil fears nothing in the present, prides itself on the past and relies serenely on the future. It is very doubtful that the phrase maintains any type of actuality in the days that run. Neither does the present allow us to dispel fears (on the contrary). Not even the […]

Tracing remedy for cryptocurrency ordered by court

By Emilie Feil-Fraser The decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court on September 12, 2018 in Copytrack Pte Ltd v. Wall is one of the first cases in Canada where a court-ordered remedy has been applied to digital currency, and it may have major implications for parties seeking relief in respect of digital currency in the […]

Digital protectionism: the countries with the most restrictive policies

Key findings: Digital now the new weapon for protectionist policies China leads the way on digitally restrictive laws followed by Russia and India New report highlights fragmented picture governing movement of data, setting a new challenge for business Countries which have historically driven protectionist policies through tariff and other trade barriers are now extending their […]

Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited – vicarious liability revisited

The Court of Appeal has allowed the Claimant’s appeal in Clive Bellman (A Protected Party By His Litigation Friend Nick Bellman) v Northampton Recruitment Limited (2018) EWCA Civ 2214, in a decision that involves a redrawing of the limits of vicarious liability for the violent conduct of an employee. The facts of the case are […]

US CBP clarifies stance on Canada’s cannabis industry

Following months of uncertainty surrounding the way US Border Patrol officers will assess those working in and around Canada’s legalized cannabis industry, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a statement Tuesday clarifying its approach and offering some reassurance to Canadians. While underscoring that US federal law strictly prohibits the sale, possession, production and distribution […]

Canada – Cannabis industry and employment scenario

While the legalization of recreational cannabis is just around the corner, for the many companies that produce cannabis in Canada, the road to legalization began many months, and in some case years ago. Over the past few years, we have seen significant growth in the cannabis industry and this has naturally resulted in more cannabis-related […]

Canada: Cannabis innovation and regulations

By Jon-Paul Powers, William Bjornsson It is old news that recreational cannabis is scheduled for legalization in Canada on October 17th, 2018 and that Health Canada has intentions to make edible recreational cannabis products (edibles) legal at a later date (perhaps within a year of the October legalization). We can only presume that edibles will be subject […]

Canada: Cannabis information from the Municipal Law Group

On August 13, the new Ontario PC government announced its plans to revamp the province’s approach to cannabis legalization and retail. Government-owned online distribution will be maintained and beginning October 17, consumers 19 and older will be able to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). However, in a major change from the […]

Canada: Cannabis and blockchain

By Shaela W. Rae Black market. Dark web. Illicit. Underground market. Illegitimate. Illegal. Organized crime. All words used to describe the illegal cannabis industry, until October 17, 2018 that is. Once it is legal to buy, possess or use cannabis for recreational purposes the discussion around the use of cannabis and how to procure it changes […]

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