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White & Case elects Hugh Verrier as Chair of the Firm

Prominent project finance and banking lawyer Hugh Verrier has been chosen as chair of White & Case, LLP. He will succeed Duane D. Wall, managing partner, as the head of the firm. Verrier is also a member of the firm's eight-member management board and executive partner of White & Case's Moscow office.

Verrier will join the firm's New York office to assume responsibility of a leader of the management team under a new governance arrangement, which the firm established recently. Verrier led the firm's Moscow office since 1998. As the chair of the firm, Verrier will lead an executive committee comprising three partners besides him, and an eight-member partnership committee for a four-year term of office.

White & Case has more than 2,000 lawyers in 35 offices in 23 countries.

Former Partners at Holland & Knight Open New Boutique
A group of former partners at international law firm Holland & Knight has combined forces to form their own shop, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP (ARHM & F), a boutique firm which will cover domestic and international business and litigation.

This group comprises six top-notch legal professionals from South Florida-Alcides Avila, Wilfredo (Fred) Rodriguez, Eugenio (Gene) Hernandez, Patricia Hernandez, Daniel Mena, and Marco Ferri. The partners who have worked together for more than two decades are confident that their firm will offer services at par with larger firms, but with the "flexibility and personal service of a boutique organization." The boutique firm will deal in commercial transactions, business litigation and arbitration; real estate transactions and disputes; besides multi-jurisdictional vendor financing, cross-border M&A, among many others.


Online flower company messes up man's marriage
A man has filed a suit for $1.15 million against 1-800-Flowers for revealing his unfaithfulness towards his wife, who has filed for divorce. Leroy Greer of Missouri City ordered red roses to be sent to his girlfriend, and asked the flower company not to send the receipt to his house or office. A few months later 1-800-Flowers sent a thank-you note to the plaintiff's home. Greer wife called on the flower company for proof of purchase. The company merrily sent her a fax towards the demanded proof. The fax also included a card message from Leroy to his girlfriend, which read: "Just wanted to say I love you and you mean the world to me! Leroy."

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