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Fenwick & West Opens Shanghai Office: Business of Law

May 12 (Bloomberg) -- Fenwick & West LLP opened its first international office in Shanghai, led by partner Eva Wang and staffed by five other U.S.-qualified attorneys.

“In response to increasing work for technology and life sciences clients based in China, as well as U.S. companies doing business in China, we’re making additional investments,” Fenwick Chairman Richard Dickson said in a statement.

Wang focuses on U.S. corporate and securities law for Chinese technology companies and for American companies doing business in the region, the firm said.

She opened Covington & Burling LLP’s Shanghai office in January 2013, a year after joining that firm from the Shanghai office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC, where she was a partner.

News

Twitter’s Counsel Confronts Threats From Turkey to Tehran

Vijaya Gadde, who joined Twitter Inc.’s legal team in 2011 and was promoted to general counsel in August, is leading Twitter’s free speech battles.

As the company expands internationally, she is working in the U.S. and abroad to keep its service uncensored and protect users’ privacy.

She also helped navigate Twitter through its November initial public offering, and is the top woman reporting to Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo, who is contending with slowing user growth and a plummeting stock price.

For more, click here.

Moves

Mayer Brown, Covington, Pillsbury: Lateral Partner Moves

Audrey Harris joined Mayer Brown LLP in Washington as a partner in the white-collar defense and compliance group. Previously, she was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She is joined by a former Kirkland & Ellis associate.

Covington & Burling LLP said Martin H. Myers joined its insurance recovery practice, representing corporate policyholders in complex coverage disputes with insurers. Myers, who joins the firm as a partner in San Francisco, was previously at Jones Day.

Armando Castro joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities technology practice in Silicon Valley from DLA Piper LLP.

Baker & Hostetler LLP added Katrina Quicker and two associates in the Atlanta office, where they will practice in the intellectual property group. They join from Ballard Spahr LLP.

Cozen O’Connor added two members in Washington: health-care attorney Ryan Blaney, who was previously with Proskauer Rose LLP, and aviation attorney David Heffernan, who was previously with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP.

Arnold & Porter LLP said energy regulatory attorney Sandy Rizzo joined the firm as a partner in the Washington office. Rizzo was previously at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. 

Liner LLP added Katie Jacobsen, formerly a partner in McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP’s real estate group.

L. Rachel Lerman joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s litigation department as a partner in Los Angeles. She was previously a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Eversheds LLP expanded its London litigation team with the hiring of partner Jonathan Brook from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Litigation

Goldman Says ‘Reasonably Possible’ Legal Losses Up $3.7 Billion

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which more than doubled the amount it set aside for litigation costs in 2013, said “reasonably possible” legal losses beyond those reserves were $3.7 billion.

The figure rose from $3.6 billion at the end of the fourth quarter, according to a May 9 quarterly filing from the New York-based firm.

Audio

Bloomberg Law: Hueston, Voreacos Discuss Investigations of Banks

Former federal prosecutor John Hueston, a partner at Irell & Manella LLP, and David Voreacos of Bloomberg News discuss the risk of Credit Suisse Group AG and BNP Paribas being criminally charged by U.S. and state prosecutors, signaling that authorities are taking a tougher approach to resolving investigations of major banks.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Amon in New York at eamon2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net Stephen Farr, Charles Carter

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