Global firm in new Tehran tie-up
Dentons has become the latest international law firm to expand in the Iranian legal market following the relaxation of sanctions.
The firm has formed an association with local firm Arman Pirouzan Parvine Legal Institute which will work with the global firm’s existing Iran team to offer a wider range of services to clients.
While some sanctions still exist, Dentons says that is one of the key areas for which clients are seeking advice, along with growing opportunities for investment in Iran.
Ashurst’s Jenkins becomes WGEA pay equity ambassador
Ashurst managing partner Paul Jenkins has been announced as a pay equity ambassador as part of Australia’s national Workplace Gender Equality Agency initiative.
The law firm has a long-standing commitment to gender equality and Mr. Jenkins’ pledge comes ahead of this year’s nationwide Equal Pay Day on Thursday.
International firm chair to step down after 20 years
Peter Kalis is to step down as chairman and managing partner of K&L Gates after 20 years at the helm. He will not seek re-election when his sixth term ends in February 2017.
Kalis has led the US-headquartered firm since 1997 and recent highlights include the firm’s merger with Australia’s Middletons in 2013. The process of selecting a replacement for the veteran leader has already begun.
BLP appoints knowledge strategist
International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner has appointed Judy Mackenzie Stuart as its knowledge strategy director. Joining from London firm Shearman & Sterling, she trained as a lawyer at Linklaters before moving into business management at Clifford Chance.
Cyber security pioneer John McAfee fights to use his own name
John McAfee, the cyber security pioneer whose name appears on many computers worldwide, has been told he can’t use it for his own business.
The McAfee brand was sold to Intel in 1991 and the firm claims that he “forfeited any right to use the McAfee name in connection with security solutions and services.”
According to Gizmodo.com, John McAfee is now at MGT Capital Investments which recently bought an antivirus business called D-Vasive. The company intends to rebrand the business as John McAfee Global Technologies; which triggered Intel’s objection.
John McAfee and MGT have now launched a legal challenge with the hope of proving that he still owns his name.