US and the Americas

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

News

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Brown Rudnick switches banks for new credit facility

Brown Rudnick has moved on from its credit facility with Citibank in favour of a new one with JPMorgan, its accounts have shown. The London office of the US firm has recently taken on the new facility, whose amount was not disclosed in public records. When it comes to its financial management, at the height […]

Boies Schiller’s Natasha Harrison to step down as deputy chair

Boies Schiller Flexner is undergoing yet another leadership change as City-based Natasha Harrison confirms she is standing down as deputy chair. Her decision to step down comes less than a year after her appointment, at a time when many touted Harrison as the heir apparent to the firm’s founder David Boies. Harrison will remain as […]

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Spend a Kirkland voucher: US firm hands out $1,000 rewards

Kirkland & Ellis has issued $1,000 vouchers for its associates and non-share partners to spend on wellbeing and time off, The Lawyer can reveal. Earlier this month, the firm’s US chairman Jon Ballis sent an internal email, seen by The Lawyer, that offered its associates and NSPs a $1,000 “Kirkland voucher” to spend toward vacations […]

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DWF downgrades US association in expansion bid

DWF has downgraded its exclusive relationship with Los Angeles-headquartered firm Wood Smith Henning & Berman (WSHB), as it seeks new ways of expansion. The firm originally gained a foothold in the US in 2018, before listing, when it announced an association with WSHB, giving it access to 22 locations in the world’s largest legal market. […]

Shearman to roll out three-day global attendance policy

Lawyers and staff at Shearman & Sterling will be asked to attend the office three days a week, as part of a new global approach to its reopening. From September, the firm will expect to see everyone in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is understood that the firm’s global committee wanted to […]

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

Results of the 2021 Canadian federal election

The Liberal Party of Canada failed to secure a majority in Parliament, but will form another minority government. Little has changed in terms of seat counts, and the composition of the House of Commons will be largely the same in Canada’s 44th Parliament as it was in the 43rd.

Payment for order flow: duty to clients

The discussion around payment for order flow (or PFOF) has been going on for some time in the UK, is nascent in the EU and rages in the US (particularly in relation to retail broking).

Termination provisions negotiated by employee and employer of equal bargaining power – Waksdale distinguished

Rahman v Cannon Design Architecture Inc. is a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice where the Court rejected the plaintiff’s argument that the “just cause” termination provision in the employment contract amounted to an attempt to contract out of the Employment Standards Act, 2000. In so doing, the Court distinguished the case from Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc., one of the most noteworthy employment decisions of 2020.

Patent FAQS for Canadian SMEs

You have created something innovative for your small or medium-sized enterprise – now what? You want to ensure you’re legally protected to the greatest extent possible, but navigating Canadian and international intellectual property laws can be difficult.

Britney Spears’ conservatorship

Britney Spears has featured in the news again over the last few days, first in relation to her father’s application to end her conservatorship and secondly her plans to marry her long-term boyfriend.

From sun, to school, to snow: Bill 118 institutes notice period for slip and fall claims in Ontario

The end of summer is nearly here, and with it, a cautious return to normalcy as people return to work, school and approved social activities. The influx of individuals back into public life will offer a much-needed respite for many Ontario business owners, especially those whose incomes depend on active commuter flows. However, for the unwary, it can also be a source of liability, as greater foot traffic can lead to an increased risk of injuries from slips and falls. Accordingly, it is essential for owners to be mindful of their property maintenance obligations and to take note of recent changes under Bill 118, An Act to amend the Occupier’s Liability Act.

Merging firms

Episode 8: Midway in the pandemic, law firms Pepper Hamilton and Troutman Sanders merged to firm the new 1,100-strong Troutman Pepper. Andrew Medeiros, Director of Innovation Solutions at the new firm, joins us to look into the challenges a modern law firm merger brings, how they are overcome and what the law firm of the future might look like.

Influencers in Toronto: Spotlight on Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel

Partner Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel possesses a breadth of experience in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law, and is recognised as a leading IP practitioner by Best Lawyers in Canada, Legal 500 Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and World Intellectual Property Review Leaders. Natalie shares her story about how she became an IP lawyer and the importance of building a relationship with her clients to become a ‘trusted adviser’.