Fifth Circuit

Despite Merger, Knight is Still Bringing Frivolous Lawsuits for Corrupt Petrobras Entities

However, from the oral arguments, Petrobras has strong support from Justice Brett Busby, a fmr Judge Tjoflat clerk (“a little gloss here”).

It’s criminals against criminals and the Petition should be dismissed as IMPROVIDENTLY GRANTED.



NOV 18, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: JAN 13, 2022

Petitioner’s Reply Brief on the Merits filed on behalf of Petrobras America Inc

Astra and Feilhaber cannot avoid responsibility for their criminal conduct.

While negotiating the Settlement Agreement, they owed and failed to comply with fiduciary duties that required them to disclose the bribery scheme related to the SPSA.

Transcor Astra v. Petroleo Brasileiro,

409 F. App’x 787 (5th Cir. 2011)

Interlocutory Appeal

FEB 3, 2011 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: JAN 13, 2022

Oh look, Petrobras’s Non-Disclosure….

“Specifically, we find it unnecessary to address the parties’ additional arguments as to whether Petrobras Brazil’s intervention in a related arbitration proceeding after the filing of the instant complaint may confer jurisdiction under the commercial activity exception, and whether the “direct effects” version of the exception was satisfied when Petrobras Brazil failed to close the buyout and remit payment in 2008.”

Holland & Knight and Thompson & Knight Complete Merger

AUG 2, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: JAN 13, 2022

MIAMI/DALLAS (August 2, 2021) – Holland & Knight LLP and Thompson & Knight LLP completed their merger effective August 1, 2021. The combined firm will operate under the Holland & Knight name and will be led by Holland & Knight managing partner Steven Sonberg. Thompson & Knight managing partner Mark Sloan will serve as a vice chair of the Practice & Operations Committee, which is the firm’s senior management group.

The combination will expand the firms’ collective capabilities in important industries including energy, financial services, real estate and hospitality, and technology. Key practice areas with significant expansion will include litigation, corporate M&A and private equity, energy and oil & gas, real estate, finance and tax.

The combined firm will have approximately 1,600 lawyers and other professionals in 31 offices. The scale will allow the firm to dedicate more resources to its clients and additional capital to target key growth markets and industries.

Holland & Knight also becomes one of the largest law firms in Texas, with more than 300 attorneys in the state in four business centers – Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.

“Our firms are enthusiastic to join forces. The expanded industry and practice resources represent meaningful additions that will benefit our clients. Both firms also focus on what will make us more competitive in the marketplace, including fostering a team-oriented culture and prioritizing responsiveness, innovation and agility when providing client counsel,” said Mr. Sonberg. “For Holland & Knight, the combination greatly expands our presence in Texas – where Thompson & Knight has a lengthy history and strong client roster – and further strengthens our position in the energy sector.”

“With this strategic combination, Thompson & Knight gains a larger geographical footprint, deeper resources and a broader network that will enable us to expand services provided to our clients,” said Mr. Sloan. “Our firms’ complementary practice and industry strengths, shared collaborative culture and focus on providing exceptional service will help us to deliver even greater value to our clients in the U.S., Latin America and around the world. We’re confident that this combination will accelerate our growth and lead to long-term, sustained success.”

The combination also brings together two firms with a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Holland & Knight is currently designated “Mansfield Certified Plus” by the Diversity Lab and recently was named to Seramount’s (formerly Working Mother Media) 2021 “Best Law Firms for Women” list.

Last year, Thompson & Knight was recognized among 46 law firms nationwide with the 2020 “Tipping the Scales Award” from the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance for having 50 percent or more women in its new partner class.

Since 2012, the firm has annually awarded 10 scholarships to diverse first-year law students attending the University of Houston Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School. Both firms are active in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of chief legal officers of major corporations and managing partners of major law firms dedicated to improving diversity in the legal profession.

Transnational Dispute Management

The network for international arbitration, mediation and ADR, international investment law and Transnational Dispute Management

WILLIAM M. KATZ, JR. is a Senior Partner and the leader of Thompson & Knight LLP’s International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Specialty Group.

He represent clients before arbitration panels, courts, and government agencies.Mr. Katz counsels clients on contractual, antitrust, securities, corporate governance, and complex business issues

.He attended Georgetown University, B.S.B.A. in Finance and International Management (1991); and Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1994). Mr. Katz is a member of the State Bars of Texas and New York, as well as the Bar of the District of Columbia.

He has published several articles on arbitration and litigation issues and has spoken on those same topics.

Thompson & Knight LLP is a global law firm specializing in energy with offices in New York, Dallas, Houston, Ft. Worth, Austin, Monterrey, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Victoria, London, Paris and Algiers with lawyers and alliances in Cairo, Tripoli, Lagos, Luanda, Cape Town, Beijing, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

Thompson & Knight was founded in Texas in 1887 and has focused on oil and gas for nearly a century.

With over 400 attorneys worldwide, the firm offers the energy sector a full range of legal services while providing clients with both legal and commercial advice and counsel.

More Thompson & Knight attorneys have been selected by The Best Lawyers in America (per capita) than any other law firm with an office in Texas.

The firm represents publically traded, private and national oil and gas companies in all aspect of energy from the identification and capturing of investment opportunities, to financing, to the development of LNG and other major infrastructure projects. Many of our attorneys have held significant positions within companies and over 100 attorneys are involved in energy litigation and arbitration as advocates, experts and arbitrators.

Choice of Law Provisions when Drafting Arbitration Provisions for International Oil and Gas Agreements

International Commercial Law

Followin’ the Dirty Money Leads to Petrobras and Bankers JPMorgan in Brazil

Brazilian authorities are investigating whether JPMorgan Chase & Co played a role in an alleged bribery and money laundering scheme.

Can You Interpret Judicial Acts as a Power Move? LIT Asks; Is Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod Vying for Judicial Supremacy

LIT believes Elrod see’s the changing of the guard in ‘active’ judgeships. As a 54 year old circuit judge, that’s regarded as a prime age and she revels in judicial and political power.

Thompson & Knight Bemoan Loss of Profits in 2019 after Bumper 2018 Gains. However, Bankruptcy Indicators in 2020 Are Robust

2020 started out a bit above budget, Sloan said, noting that uncertainty in energy markets led the firm to budget conservatively for the year. Real estate continues to be busy, and IP, bankruptcy and technology are also showing strength, he said.

Despite Merger, Knight is Still Bringing Frivolous Lawsuits for Corrupt Petrobras Entities
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