Lawyer Monthly - February 2023

Lawyer Moves RECENTAPPOINTMENTS FROMACROSS THEGLOBE Global law firm Jones Day announced that Andy Levine, Randi Lesnick and Vica Irani will become heads of the firm’s newly structure corporate practice, both overseeing and coordinating its transactional work worldwide. Andy Levine has led Jones Day’s Private Equity Practice since 2017. Based in New York, his practice involves leading global transactions for both sponsors and strategic participants, with clients including numerous consumer brands and financial institutions that have become household names. He has been recognised by Legal 500 US for both M&A Large Deals and Private Equity, and has twice been named a Private Equity MVP by Law360. Lesnick is another New York-based partner who previously served as Jones Day’s M&A Chair for the America. With more than 25 years of experience advising on M&A transactions with a total value of more than $300 billion, her practice today continues to focus on M&A transactions such as spin-offs, takeover preparedness and restructurings. She has been named a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer and is consistently recognised by Legal 500 US and Chambers USA for her M&A work. Irani has held a variety of leadership positions in the firm, having served as its EMEA Chair for the M&A Practice and co-chair of its Global Women’s Affinity Group. She brings M&A experience from a wide range of industries and has worked on several multi-billiondollar transactions, including a $49 billion multinational merger, and has been rated a leading lawyer by Chambers and Legal 500 for more than 15 years. Jones Day’s Managing Partner, Greg Shumaker, celebrated the three appointments. “Andy, Randi, and Vica are leading practitioners in their field who not only have extensive experience but also decades of practice ahead of them,” he said in a statement. “With their appointments, we have leadership situated in the two most important financial capitals of the world that will continue to expand Jones Day’s status as one of the premier transactional firms globally.” Global firm DLA Piper continued its expansion of its Hong Kong office with the appointment of Xin Fang as a partner in its corporate practice there. This marks the firm’s fifth partner hire in Hong Kong in just over a year, its previous two such hires joining the firm from Linklaters. Fang’s practice focuses on cross-border M&A matters, joint ventures, private equity transactions and corporate and commercial law with a geographical focus on Greater China and the Asia-Pacific region. She also negotiates shareholder agreements, share purchase agreements and business transfer agreements. With this latest hire, DLA now has 28 partners based in Hong Kong. Jones Day Announces New Heads of Corporate Practice DLA Piper Adds to Hong Kong Team with M&A Expert New York, USA Jones Day Hong Kong DLA Piper Manchester, United Kingdom DAC Beachcroft 8 LAWYERMONTHLY FEBRUARY 2023 DAC Beachcroft (DACB) appointed Jane Marshall as a partner in its national Employment, Pensions and Immigrations (EPI) group. Based in Manchester, Marshall is a leading expert in public sector pensions as well as a seasoned employment lawyer. She joins DACB from Weightmans, where she accrued a wealth of experience working with prominent clients in the public and third or voluntary sectors. Marshall’s primary areas of experience reside in healthcare, local government, education, social housing, emergency services and charities. “Legislative changes around pension schemes and TUPE transfers mean the crossover of Jane’s experience between pensions and employment law is an exciting addition as we continue to broaden our full-service offering,” said Alex Lock, Head of DACB’s national Employment & Pensions group. “I am delighted to welcome Jane to the firm and look forward to working with her.” Marshall also spoke positively on her appointment: “As legislation continues to change, there are challenges to navigate and opportunities to grasp within the pensions and employment landscape. I look forward to working with the team here at DACB to support clients in achieving their ambitions.” DAC Beachcroft Boosts Employment, Pensions and Immigration Practice with New Partner

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