Russell McVeagh names new tech special counsel

by Paolo Taruc13 Oct 2017
Russell McVeagh has tapped a technology and commercial lawyer Liz Blythe as its newest special counsel as the firm moves to deepen its technology expertise.

In her new role, she will provide advice on commercial and technology transactions, including IT, financial services and BPO outsourcing, commercial procurement and supply, and technology commercialisation, among other things. She will also help on M&A matters where ICT is a key component.

"As all organisations shift to become technology focused businesses, being responsive, agile and prepared to engage with the latest technologies at every opportunity, will be a strategic differentiator,” said Russell McVeagh board chair David Hoare. "We are bolstering our capabilities to respond to the disruptive changes occurring in business and are well placed to provide strategic advice on these shifting technological sands."

Blythe transferred to the firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in London, where she was a senior associate.

Her appointment is a first for Russell McVeagh, which changed its consultant title to “special counsel” for senior lawyers. Those appointed to the position are highly experienced and respected senior lawyers who excel in their chosen field, according to Hoare.

The change was made in part to avoid confusion, as “consultant” is also used in the wider business community for non-permanent staff members, the firm said.

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