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Promoting Talent - Four New Partners Appointed at LK Shields Solicitors

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed four new Partners in our
Business and Litigation and Dispute Resolution Departments: Aoife Bradley,
Deirdre Kilroy, Orla Gillen and Tom Casey.

We now have
nineteen Partners at
LK Shields Solicitors,
which reflects how rapidly
we are growing.

These internal promotions recognise the individual contributions of each of the new partners to the firm over the years and also the achievements of the departments in which they practise.

New Partners at LK Shields Solicitors - June 2007 - photo
  Above: Back row, L to R: Tom Casey, Laurence K. Shields and Hugh Garvey. Front row, L to R: Aoife Bradley, Orla Gillen and Deirdre Kilroy.

Managing Partner, Hugh Garvey,
said, "We are delighted to welcome four such talented solicitors to the partnership. Their appointments clearly demonstrate the firm's continuing growth in all practice areas and will ensure that we continue to deliver outstanding levels of service to all our clients across the business."

Aoife Bradley is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and is a member of the Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefits Unit. Aoife has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law issues, and of general commercial litigation.

Deirdre Kilroy is a Partner in the Business Department and the head of the expanding Intellectual Property and Technology Unit. Deirdre also works as a leading adviser in the area of gaming and gambling law and is a member of the Gaming and Gambling Unit.

Orla Gillen is a Partner in the Banking and Financial Services Unit specialising in asset financing, with a particular focus on the aviation sector. Her practice also extends to a broad spectrum of banking services. Orla heads the banking and commercial lending services, which continue to experience rapid growth.

Tom Casey is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Tom has particular experience in the prosecution of large scale multi-party litigation and in the prosecution and defence of claims before the Commercial Court. Tom has a wealth of experience advising in relation to commercial agency disputes and has been involved in a number of landmark decisions in that area.

Hugh Garvey added, "I have every confidence in the capabilities of our new partners and know that each of them will continue to work tirelessly to provide outstanding levels of solution focused service to the firm's clients."

6 June, 2007.

LK Shields Solicitors Appoints Another Leading Business Lawyer

LK Shields Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of John Olden
as a Partner in the firm.

Gerry Halpenny, Laurence K. Shields, John Olden, Emmet Scully - photo

John is widely acknowledged as a leading business lawyer - both domestically and internationally - particularly in the areas of venture capital / private equity, mergers and acquisitions and inward investment, where he has over 20 years' experience.

John will work closely with the firm's other leading business lawyers.

L to R above: Gerry Halpenny, Laurence K. Shields,
John Olden and Emmet Scully.

Chairman of the firm, Laurence K. Shields, said: "We are tremendously pleased that John has decided to join our growing team. John's reputation both for his excellence and his commercial acumen fits perfectly with the firm generally and our Business Department in particular".

John's arrival brings the firm to 20 partners - the majority of whom are partners in the firm's Business Department.

Commenting on his appointment, John said: "LK Shields Solicitors' excellent reputation in top end corporate transactions work is what attracted me. I am looking forward to working with all of my new colleagues and to joining them in the provision of first class commercially-focused advice".

LK Shields Solicitors has regular involvement in high profile and complex transactions.

The firm is currently acting for long standing, client Communicorp Group Limited, in the proposed acquisition of EMap Plc's Irish radio assets - Today FM, FM104 and Highland Radio.

The firm is also involved in the ongoing takeovers of Calyx Group Plc - where it is advising the company - and Irish Continental Group Plc - where it is advising One51 Plc.

The firm has also recently advised its client, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, in relation to the GBP 265m buyout of the telecom products division of Logica Telecoms GMC - the largest buyout transaction in Europe in 2007 to date.

17 July, 2007.

Osborn Maledon Practice Groups and Attorneys
Ranked as Tops in Chambers Guide

    The corporate, general commercial litigation and white collar crime litigation practices of Osborn Maledon, P.A. received the number one ranking among Arizona law firms in the 2007 ranking by the prestigious legal resource guide, Chambers USA 2007.   Eleven attorneys at the 47-member Phoenix law firm Osborn Maledon, P.A. were selected as “Leaders in Their Field” by Chambers and Partners, an international firm that ranks U.S. attorneys.  Osborn Maledon also ranked third among Arizona law firms for labor and employment law and for real estate law.  

Chambers and Partners, the London publisher of the guide, assesses the top firms and lawyers in each state.  It is distinguished from other nationwide attorney rankings that merely poll lawyers or clients because a detailed research process is conducted by Chambers.

In the area of corporate law/mergers and acquisitions, the guide said Osborn Maledon’s “reputation and knowledge of the local market in this area is unmatched among both peers and clients. ... The commercial litigation practice of this universally admired Phoenix firm is a major contributor to its reputation,” Chambers said.  “A further string to the firm’s bow is that it is also ranked in the litigation table for white-collar crime and government investigations.”

Read more: Osborn Maledon Tops in Phoenix



MIAMI, FL – The Florida business law firm Berger Singerman has been ranked among the top rated law Florida firms in Chambers USA 2006 America's Leading Business Lawyers in both the bankruptcy/restructuring and general commercial litigation categories.  Chambers’ researched  rankings and editorials are referred to extensively by general counsel and other purchasers of legal services worldwide who consider Chambers assessments when choosing counsel..

This is the fifth consecutive year in which the firm received a first tier rating for its bankruptcy and reorganization practice, and the second year the firm’s litigation/dispute resolution team has been included in the guide.  

Read more: Berger Singerman High Marks


TAGlaw member Racine, based in Paris, France is extending its international capabilities with three newly appointed partners, all with experience in cross-border transactions.

Gilles de BOISSÉSON and Jean-Yves MARTIN are well-known lawyers in M&A, LBO and stock exchange activities. Their corporate practice is oriented to transactions, acquisitions, private equity, foreign investments in France and private or public takeovers, especially in the areas of wines & spirits; investment funds; technology and IT; life sciences & healthcare; and agriculture & food sector.

, Professor of law and former Dean of Paris Descartes University specializes in Public law and has significant experience in European and International law.