Roy Larson will Further Enhance Cross-Practice Synergies at the Intersection of Firm’s Health and Corporate Practices
The Miami office of McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to welcome Roy Larson as a partner in the Corporate & Transactional Practice Group.
Mr. Larson represents clients in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) with extensive experience handling domestic and cross-border transactions in the health care sector. He counsels clients in connection with public and private equity offerings and is known for representing companies in matters involving corporate governance, securities offerings, and joint ventures.
“We are thrilled to welcome Roy to our firm,” said Jerry J. Sokol, Managing Partner of McDermott’s Miami office. “We have known Roy for a long time. He is an exceptional transactional attorney with a practice focused right on one of our ‘power alleys’ – health care transactions. By moving his practice to the McDermott platform, where collaboration is paramount, Roy’s practice should really flourish.”
“Roy’s experience at the intersection of health and transactions will further enhance the synergy between two of McDermott’s core practices,” said Harris C. Siskind, global head of McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice Group. “His focus on domestic and cross-border transactions will be a great addition as the collaboration between our corporate and health practices in the US and abroad continues to deliver best-in-class client service across the Firm’s global platform.”
There is a great amount of growth momentum in the Miami office as last month prominent health care litigator, Michael Austin, rejoined McDermott from DLA Piper where he was hiring partner and leader of that firm’s local health care litigation practice. Experienced litigator, Kamal Sleiman, joined Mr. Austin and together they will focus on advising McDermott clients throughout complex commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on the health care arena. In order to accommodate recent growth, the Miami office has expanded its physical footprint with the build out of newly acquired space on the 33rd floor of the downtown office tower. This growth momentum experienced by McDermott’s Miami office reinforces it as one of the Firm’s powerhouse locations with a thriving book of business sustained by a vibrant and energetic culture that fosters creativity and collaboration among lawyers and staff.
Mr. Larson’s arrival not only continues the growth momentum in the Miami office, but it also continues the hiring momentum within McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice Group. Over the past year the Firm’s US offices have welcomed partners Ivan Presant, Jeffrey Meyers, Armando Ramirez, Josh Samis, Ian Schwartz, Gregory Metz, David Lipkin, Rob Goldstein, Frank Steinherr, Daniel Martin, Jeremy Dickens and Albert Sokol. In addition to its growth in the US, McDermott’s Corporate & Transactional Practice Group has recently strengthened the depth of its bench around the world with the addition of Peter Crichton, Alan Gar, Elizabeth Moseley, Alicia Videon, Michael Holter, and Piero Carbone in London; Dr. Michael Cziesla and Dr. Oliver Hahnelt in Frankfurt; Alexa Ningelgen and Eva Schöneich in Düsseldorf; and most recently a team in Milan consisting of partners Giancarlo Castorino, Ettore Scandale, and EmidioCacciapuoti.
Mr. Larson received his JD from Columbia and his BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He most recently served as the Managing Partner of the Miami Office of Baker & McKenzie, and is also a former member of the Steering Committee for the North America Pharmaceutical and Health Care Industry Group.
Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England
LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.
Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.
The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.
Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.
Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.
Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.
“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.
Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.
“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.
“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”
Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.
He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.
“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.
“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of Stateâ€™s (Dowden’s) assertion that the governmentâ€™s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.
Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.
It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.
The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.
Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)
Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit
By Huw Jones
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.
Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.
“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.
Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.
Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.
The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.
“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.
Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.
The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.
It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.
“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.
“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”
Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.
“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.
A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.
“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.
The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).
“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.
($1 = 0.7064 pounds)
(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)
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