The latest private practice and in-house moves from some of the biggest players on the legal market from the 20th of September until the 27th of September 2017.

Canada, Calgary

Dentons is pleased to announce that George Tai and Lillian Y. Pan, Q.C. have joined our Calgary office as partners in our Corporate group and Litigation and Dispute Resolution group, respectively. Both fluent in Mandarin, they will expand our offering to clients interested in business opportunities with China.

George’s practice centers on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance and corporate/commercial transactions, primarily in the energy and technology sectors. Beyond his 20+ years of experience advising public and private companies, George also brings practical industry experience having been the Chief Operating Officer of a multinational NASDAQ-listed software company, and a co-founder of a TSX-listed venture capital mutual fund investing in technology and biotechnology companies. George has experience in structuring and negotiating international commercial transactions, in advising Canadian-based clients on transactions in Asia, and with Asian-based clients pursuing investments and business opportunities in Canada.

Lillian joins Dentons with almost 30 years’ experience in litigation. Her practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation, including the areas of business litigation, securities, product liability, energy and employment litigation. She has appeared before many levels of court, including the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court and the Federal Court; as well as the Alberta Securities Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission. She was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

The original press release can be found here on Dentons’ website.


Australia, Sydney 

Dentons continues to expand its client offering in Australia with the appointment of competition specialist, Lynsey Edgar, to the partnership in Sydney.

Joining the Firm from K&L Gates, Lynsey will lead the Australia region’s Competition group.Lynsey’s practice expands competition and regulatory issues and she regularly advises clients on cartels, anti competitive arrangements, merger clearance, exclusive dealing, misuse of market power, access, supply chain arrangements and the impact of competition law on various commercial activities. Lynsey also advises clients on consumer protection issues including misleading and deceptive conduct, product liability, consumer guarantees, unfair contract terms, advertising, and compliance with the Australian Consumer Law.

The original press release can be found here on Dentons’ website.


USA, Houston

The Houston office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP welcomes Anil H. Patel, Ph.D., as a partner in the pharma and biopharma litigation practice. Patel previously practiced at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

Patel focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and has extensive experience counseling clients on the various phases of patent litigation, with particular experience in Hatch-Waxman litigation. He has represented pharmaceutical clients in numerous litigations across the United States, and also counsels on matters including non-infringement and invalidity opinions; products for portfolio selection, including evaluation of potential launch dates; legal and regulatory challenges; and settlement and licensing agreements.

The original press release can be found here on K&L Gates LLP’s website.


Germany, Frankfurt

International law firm Bird & Bird appoints Dr. Benedikt Burger as a partner in the Dispute Resolution practice in Frankfurt, providing a significant boost to the firm’s litigation and international arbitration capabilities.

Benedikt joins from Allen & Overy and has been involved in litigation and international arbitration for more than 19 years. He represents German investors, international companies and state-owned companies as well as individuals with an entrepreneurial background, in a variety of complex, mostly cross-border disputes. These include legal disputes in the areas of post-M&A, corporate law, joint ventures, plant engineering, (long-term) delivery contracts, sales agreements, restructuring and insolvency. He has appeared in various arbitration proceedings as a counsel in ad hoc proceedings and arbitration proceedings under the rules of leading arbitration institutes (DIS, ICC, SCC, LCIA).

The original press release can be found here on Bird & Bird’s website.