Guinea Hires Law Firm, Currently Being Sued for Padding Its Bills, to Conduct Review of Mining Contracts
Guinea has contracted with a “global” law firm by the name of DLA Piper to review mining contracts. Its website says it has 4,200 lawyers and it does business in over 30 countries. DLA Piper is being sued by a client for padding its bills.
Tony Blair must be the “agent” who connected DLA Piper with Conde, especially since, before the contract with Guinea, the firm did not have any business dealings in Africa.
Two articles follow:
March 28, 2013, 2:57am
GUINEA has chosen global law firm DLA Piper and three other advisers to help review and, if need be, renegotiate mining contracts signed by previous governments, the head of the review body told Reuters.
The review, pledged by President Alpha Conde after he came to power in 2010, will scrutinise contracts with companies such as BHP Billiton, Vale, Rio Tinto, Rusal and BSGR to ensure the mineral-rich but impoverished West African state is benefiting sufficiently from deals. Guinean officials have criticised a lack of openness when the contracts were signed, particularly those agreed during the two years of military rule before Conde’s 2010 election
“Our objective is to point out to our partners areas in their contracts where the country is at a flagrant disadvantage, and discuss openly with them,” Nava Toure said.
Guinea is the world’s top supplier of the aluminum ore bauxite and is also home to the Simandou iron ore deposit held by Rio Tinto and BSGR.
3/27/2013 @ 11:25AM |6,381 views
Victoria Pynchon, Contributor
There are some good lawyers
The billable hour is the monster inside the law business. Thanks to dogged discovery efforts by a former DLA Piper client, the monster has broken out of its lair and is standing, somewhat mortified but proud and unbowed, in the media’s cross-hairs.
If you’ve been on vacation, here are billing emails discovered in a lawsuit between (depending on your side of the case) a deadbeat client and an upstanding law firm or a virtuous businessman and his rapacious lawyers.
“I hear we are already 200k over our estimate — that’s Team DLA Piper!” wrote Erich P. Eisenegger, a lawyer at the firm. Another DLA Piper lawyer, Christopher Thomson, replied, noting that a third colleague, Vincent J. Roldan, had been enlisted to work on the matter. “Now Vince has random people working full time on random research projects in standard ‘churn that bill, baby!’ mode,” Mr. Thomson wrote. “That bill shall know no limits.”
I don’t know who Piper’s crisis PR team is but I’d hire a new advisor. When you’ve been caught with your pants down in a public space, you do not rush to blame the alleged victim, you do not say the written evidence doesn’t reflect the facts on the ground, you do not demonize the “former attorneys” who created the evidence, and, you do not assert your firm’s integrity (having recently housed the miscreants whose behavior belies that claim).
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