18 April 2018 at 18:55 BST

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.


Collaborative workspace giant WeWork is searching for its first European general counsel to build up its legal capabilities outside the US. The new legal head will take responsibility for European matters in Europe. WeWork has 11 different bases in the UK, France, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Spain. They will also be expected to lead legal teams in Australia and Israel, which account for two and five offices respectively. The hire will free up WeWork’s core legal team based in New York, led by overall general counsel Peter Greenspan.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is looking for a new general counsel, as current legal boss Mollie Stoker has stepped down in favour of taking on a new role within the company. Ms. Stoker, was once described by the FT as having a “can-do style” that “ has helped build a highly visible and well-regarded legal team from scratch. She sits on the board of the new soft drinks company.”

Travers Smith associate Jeremy Dennison has joined Livingbridge as its first legal counsel. Mr. Dennison, was a senior associate in the private equity team at Travers Smith and leaves after four years at the firm. His role at Livingbridge is acting as the private equity house’s sole in-house lawyer. Mr. Dennison’s appointment follows a trend among smaller mid-market private equity houses looking to strengthen their in-house legal capabilities.

John B. Davis has been appointed executive vice-president and general counsel at GB Sciences, a company working in cutting edge cannabis cultivation and biopharmaceutical research and development. In addition, Mr. Davis has been named President of GB Sciences Louisiana, LLC, the entity responsible for the cultivation, extraction, processing, and production of therapeutic cannabis for qualifying patients under an agreement with the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter. He joins GB Sciences from law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GB Sciences, John C. Poss stated, "John has proven extremely successful at every endeavor he has undertaken, and we are proud to have him join our management team."

Independent fund and corporate services provider, the Aztec Group has appointed Leanne Tunney as legal counsel in the firm’s Jersey office. MsTunney will provide comprehensive legal support to the business, advising on all aspects of legal, regulatory and compliance matters, including corporate governance and depositary services. Since qualifying as a solicitor Ms Tunney has built her career within the investment funds industry, working in Jersey, London and Hong Kong before returning back to the Island to join the Aztec Group. 


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