New global law firm launches
The combination of Eversheds and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan has gone live as global law firm Eversheds Sutherland.
The enlarged firm has 2,300 lawyers in 61 offices across 29 countries and includes China, Hong Kong, Japan, India and Singapore among its locations. It is a top 10 UK firm and top 40 US and global firm.
Announced in December, the merger realises the vision of Eversheds to become a truly global law firm by adding strong capability in the US.
The global firm will be led by joint-CEOs, Lee Ransom and Mark Wasserman, with Ransom also the managing partner of the international LLP and Wasserman serving as managing partner of the US LLP.
The pair will lead a management team of six and the firm will be overseen by a global board of ten.
No significant changes to the structure of either side of the firm are expected and practice areas will mostly be co-led.
New IP partner for ‘two Birds’ in Singapore
Bird & Bird has appointed Anan Sivananthan as a partner in its IP practice in Singapore.
He joins from one of the law firm’s long-term clients, Creative Technology Ltd where he led the global legal team and was associate vice president. Previously he was with city-state law firm Drew & Napier as a partner but originally trained in the UK as a barrister.
Ince & Co hires maritime specialist
Ince & Co has hired Ton van den Bosch as counsel in its Singapore office to advise on projects and maritime infrastructure.
The former general counsel for an international FPSO company and a major terminal developer and operator, advises at all stages of the economic life-cycle of infrastructure projects in the energy and maritime sector.
IBA’s Human Rights Institute condemns killing of Myanmar lawyer
The killing of Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni in Myanmar on Sunday has been condemned by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.
The lawyer was killed as he prepared to leave Yangon International Airport following a government-organized visit to Indonesia and in a statement IBAHRI co-chair Hans Correll said:
“The killing of U Ko Ni is not only a tragic loss for Myanmar, but also a very dark day for its legal profession and the rule of law. The IBAHRI wholeheartedly denounces what appears to be a calculated act of murder.”
He called for a thorough and impartial investigation:
“Myanmar’s authorities must ensure that the rule of law prevails by carrying out an investigation into his killing and holding a fair and public trial in an independent court, which guarantees that whoever is responsible for this crime is brought to justice.”