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Shutts Lawyers Sue Angola for $52M of Unpaid Electric Bills

Shutts & Bowen attorneys filed a $52 million lawsuit against the African nation of Angola on behalf of its client, LS Energia, claiming years of underpayment for operating two of its power plants.

The two Angolan facilities provided electricity to more than 2 million people in the Portuguese-speaking nation. Angola is the largest oil exporter and producer in sub-Saharan Africa, which caused the country to face hardships when oil prices dropped.

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More signs that credit unions will continue to buy small banks

An Atlanta-based credit union’s move this month to buy a community bank would mark a first-of-its-kind acquisition in Georgia. But a leading M&A adviser who worked on that deal says increasingly more credit unions are looking to acquire banks, and he expects more such deals to be announced in Georgia and nationally this year and next. Georgia’s Own CU agreed to acquire Fayetteville, Ga.-based State Bank of Georgia, which has about $95 million in assets and which gives the buyer, with its nearly $2.3 billion in assets, added scale, a stronger presence in suburban Atlanta, and proven lending talent — the seller said all of its staff will join Georgia’s Own. A purchase price was not made public.

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Stradling Shareholder Mark Skaist Named to OCBJ’s OC 500

Orange County Business Journal’s second annual OC 500 book included Stradling’s Corporate Shareholder Mark Skaist in the service category. The book includes 500 of Orange County’s most influential business and civic leaders in nearly every industry sector.

“I am honored to be included in this prestigious list with many business and civil leaders whom I admire,” says Skaist, who is co-chair of the firm’s corporate and securities practice.

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WINNERS: BEST TALENT DEVELOPMENT & WORKPLACE WELLNESS

We were delighted that HOMS Solicitors and staff were recognised and honoured by winning the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards 2017 Best Employer: Talent Development & Workplace Wellness Award category at the awards ceremony on 17th November at the Strand Hotel, Limerick.

We would like to congratulate and thank all of our staff who have worked so hard on our wellness and talent development initiatives which has resulted in this win.

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Thomas S. Fitzpatrick Recognized on Super Lawyers Top 100 List

Davis Malm recently announced that 23 of its attorneys were named to the list of 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Additionally, Davis Malm shareholder Thomas S. Fitzpatrick was selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Super Lawyers list for Massachusetts-based attorneys.

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Davis Malm Adds Tax Abatement Shareholder Mark J. Witkin to Real Estate Practice

Davis Malm announces that Mark J. Witkin has joined the firm as a shareholder. Mr. Witkin focuses on matters involving real and personal property taxation. He advises public, private and nonprofit companies, investors, and individuals on a wide range of municipal taxation issues.

Mr. Witkin has extensive experience negotiating property assessments with municipal assessing authorities and valuation companies, real estate development municipal tax incentives, and payments in lieu of taxes for nonprofit, tax exempt entities. He litigates tax assessment appeals before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and has participated in cases that have established precedent in the laws relating to real property taxation, including special use properties such as nursing homes and hotels.

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Davis Malm Adds Haritha D. Ambros to Business Law Practice

Davis Malm announces that Haritha D. Ambros has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Ambros practices in the Business Law group and focuses on assisting emerging companies in corporate formation, financings, and related general commercial matters, including drafting and reviewing term sheets, investor rights agreements, board consents, and stock purchase agreements for private company financings.

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Lidings Runs Fall International Internship Program for its Lawyers: Sweden 2017

idings starts its annual International Internship Program traditionally organized for the firm’s lawyers during the year and is delighted to announce that Senior Associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice Boris Malakhov has enrolled the Fall Program taking place in Sweden. Boris will undergo a four weeks internship in one of the largest international law firms Magnusson.
Having established strong and successful collaboration with prominent law firms from Europe, Asia, America, Africa, and CIS countries allowing us to ensure highest quality of legal support in projects being a subject to other jurisdictions, Lidings on the regular basis organizes special internship programs for its lawyers in the offices of partner firms abroad providing the same opportunity for their lawyers to undergo internship in the firm’s office in Moscow. Each program usually lasts for four weeks and designed for a trainee to work in the office of a hosting firm fully diving into the workflow, allowing to get an insight and understand specifics of the legal advice in the country.
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Benjamin Prud’homme speaking at the Advocates’ Society

November 14, 2017 — On Thursday November 16, in Montréal, the Advocates’ Society will be presenting the Junior Counsel Forum, during which judges and seasoned litigators will be addressing questions that younger lawyers may be afraid to ask. Benjamin Prud’homme is one of the speakers at this programme co-chaired by the Honourable Marie-Josée Hogue, a judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, and Mtre Sylvain Lussier, Ad. E.

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Multiple listings for Hall & Wilcox Insurance team in Doyle’s Guide

Congratulations to our Insurance team who has been listed as a Leading Insurance law practice in Doyle’s Guide and to the following partners who have been ranked in their respective areas:

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