03 July 2019 at 15:04 BST

Around the house

An exciting week around the house sees eleven moves, including Fox sports hire, two movers into private practice and a few high profile general counsel leaving the field.


Fox Corporation has appointed Claudia Teran as executive vice president and corporate general counsel.  Ms Teran, who will report to Fox Corporation chief legal and policy officer Viet D Dinh in her new role, will also continue to serve as FOX Sports general counsel. She will now also supervise business and legal affairs for the company's entertainment assets, as well as corporate legal areas such as acquisitions, content distribution, digital, privacy, advertising, and music rights. Ms Teran was instrumental in FOX's acquisition of broadcast rights to the portfolio of FIFA events, including the FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women's World Cup through 2026.

Neptune Energy appointed Ben Walker as general counsel, based in London. He will take up his new role in September this year. Mr Walker is currently general counsel and company secretary of Vivo Energy plc, a pan-African fuel retailer and distributor. Prior to joining Vivo Energy, he held the roles of senior legal counsel with Centrica plc, and Associate with Slaughter and May.

Arrow Electronics has appointed Lily Yan Hughes as senior vice president and chief legal officer. She succeeds Gregory Tarpinian, and will report to Michael J Long, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Ms Hughes previously served as senior vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary of Public Storage, a New York Stock Exchange-listed real estate investment trust (REIT).

 Financial corporation CNA has picked Jose Ramon Gonzalez as their new executive vice president & general counsel. He will serve as the principal counsel for CNA, leading the company's law department responsible for legal affairs, compliance, regulatory and government affairs, securities and litigation, and legal consultation to CNA's business operations. Prior to joining CNA, Mr Gonzalez served as chief legal officer for QBE North America.

Bristow Group has appointed Victoria Lazar to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. She will be responsible for all legal aspects of the business, corporate compliance and insurance. Ms Lazar joins Bristow after more than 11 years at General Electric in Houston, most recently as executive counsel, M&A. Prior to joining GE, she served in several roles at Electronic Data Systems Corporation, now DXC Technology.

There have been two movers into private practice. NYC & Company chief operating officer and general counsel Bryan Grimaldi has moved back into private practice, with Greenberg Traurig, as the firm deepens its government law & policy, hospitality, tourism practices and related professionals capabilities. Mr Grimaldi joins as of counsel in the firm’s New York office. After his more than decade-long post as chief operating officer and general counsel of the destination marketing, tourism, and partnership agent of New York City. He is credited with leading the City’s big event practice including transactions for MLB All-Star Games, NFL Kickoff, various Super Bowl bids including the 2014 winning submission, Red Bull Air Race, FIFA World Cup Bids for 2018/2022 and winning 2026 Bid, WrestleMania 29 and 35, as well as Formula E. Mr Grimaldi served three New York City mayors.

Antitrust and competition lawyer Damon Kalt has left Cigna Corporation to return to practice at Steptoe & Johnson as a partner in its Washington office. Mr Kalt most recently served as senior counsel for antitrust and competition at Cigna, where he played a key role as the primary internal counsel in securing the Department of Justice's (DOJ) clearance of Cigna's $67 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts. Steptoe chair Phil West said, Mr Kalt’s “key in-house role in the recent Cigna/Express Scripts transaction will be valuable to general counsel seeking excellent antitrust lawyers who also have a keen understanding of their expectations and challenges.”

Among those leaving their positions is TransferWise general counsel Jenifer Swallow, who is stepping down after nearly four years in the post. She plans to take her time before deciding on her next move. Transferwise has started a search to fill the position. Ms Swallow was the first in-house lawyer to be hired TransferWise, growing the legal team to seven people, including four lawyers.

Online fashion house ASOS has appointed its group legal director Anna Suchopar as interim general counsel following the departure of Andrew Magowan at the end of June. Mr Magowan spent seven and a half years at ASOS as general counsel and company secretary after joining the business from industrial aviation services provider Bristow Group where he was a legal director.

FTSE100 mining company Rio Tinto general counsel Philip Richards is to retire at the end of December after two years in the role. He will be replaced by Barbara Levi, who is group legal head of M&A and strategic transactions at Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, from 1 January 2020. He joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a corporate partner, in early 2017. Ms Levi has spent 15 years at Novartis in various senior legal roles before becoming group legal head, M&A and strategic transactions in February. An Italian citizen, she previously worked as a corporate and transactional lawyer in Milan and in New York.

San Francisco-based microbiome startup uBiome has announced John Rakow, who served as interim CEO after serving as the company’s general counsel, is leaving the firm, following the firms’ cofounders and co-CEOs, Jessica Richman and Zac Apte, who resigned their positions on the board after being placed on administrative leave in May. The moves come in the aftermath of an FBI raid of the company’s offices in late April, reportedly related to an investigation of the company’s billing practices.


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