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Axiom Marks First Full Year of Innovative Law Firm Practice, Now Offers Industry’s Broadest Array of Law Firm Services and Solutions

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 From secondments to full-service legal support across 12 practice areas, Axiom now serves more than 60% of the Fortune 100 with 95% client satisfaction

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — One year ago today, Axiom launched Axiom Advice & Counsel (AA&C), a modern law firm that leverages Axiom’s highly qualified, on-demand attorneys across 12 practice areas—all at a fraction of the rates charged by national law firms. The creation of AA&C, an Arizona law firm, extends Axiom’s 23-year history of legal services innovation, creating a new type of firm that can work with Axiom’s thousands of lawyers—many of whom are Am Law 100 alumni—and all who are unencumbered by billable hours requirements and the traditional partner pyramid.

AA&C has seen steady momentum during the past 12 months, hiring four partners and four additional team members. The firm has been engaged by clients of all types—from Fortune 50 enterprises to growing startups, for a wide range of use cases and matters ranging from interim general counsel services to privacy, litigation, M&A, and more. AA&C is a prime example of the impact Arizona’s pioneering Supreme Court decision1 is having on enabling alternative business structured (ABS) law firms.

“Axiom offers exactly the new paradigm the industry needs,” said James Turoff, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The Hershey Company. “We greatly value the relationships we have with our traditional outside counsel, and they will always play a key role in our legal strategy, but Axiom’s innovative model—focused on value and flexible service delivery—is ideal for our everyday legal needs. With Axiom’s addition of AA&C to its portfolio, there’s now a single vendor who can provide the full spectrum of services that in-house legal departments need today: partner-level expertise at favorable rates, plus access to an ecosystem of thousands of vetted legal professionals.”

Axiom now provides the industry with the broadest range of high-quality legal talent across a spectrum of In-House Solutions and Law Firm Services, all of which help companies better manage their risk and the variability of work requirements to increase capacity and optimize their budgets:

In-House Solutions, Delivered by Axiom

  • Top-quality talent drawn from Axiom’s global network of legal professionals with in-house and Am Law 200 experience. Only 3% (3 out of 100) of attorneys who apply are accepted through Axiom’s rigorous vetting process.
  • Secondments to fill strategic, temporary talent needs, with talent available on full or part-time basis.
  • Specialized advice from experienced, world-class lawyers who average 18 years of post-qualified experience (PQE). Clients can send work as needed and get on-demand availability of legal talent.
  • Large projects that require teams of lawyers and coordination by an experienced leader.

Law Firm Services, Delivered by Axiom Advice & Counsel

  • A law firm built to fit today’s in-house budgets, with rates 25% lower than national law firms, extending Axiom’s decades-long focus on unbeatable client value.
  • Partner relationships with oversight and accountability.
  • Managed teams providing quality outcomes, delivery management, and enhanced reporting.
  • Scalability and affordability working with Axiom’s network of experienced lawyers, including many in-house counsel and Am Law 100 alumni.
  • Fractional or full-time General Counsel services.
  • Support across 12 practice areas, including litigation.

With more than 1,500 clients across North America, Europe, and Asia, Axiom today serves over 60% of the Fortune 100 with 95% client satisfaction. In fact, 90% of clients surveyed say Axiom lawyers are as good or better than their law firm lawyers.

“Our accelerating momentum is driven by our clients’ need for a new, value-based delivery model from their law firms and legal service providers,” said Catherine Kemnitz, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Axiom. “It’s clear that clients are in pain. Big law rates keep going up, in-house budgets keep going down. Companies recognize that the old model, which focused on profits per partner supported by ever-increasing rates, is out of step with today’s business realities. Our clients need an agile legal services partner who can help them manage their risk and legal matters in a far more cost-effective way, and that’s exactly what we’ve built Axiom to do.”

Indeed, despite relatively flat demand, Big Law continues to drive sharp hikes in billing rates, according to analysts at Wells Fargo’s Legal Specialty Group. Law firm rates rose, on average, by 7.9% by the third quarter of 2023, the highest percentage rate uptick since the Great Recession 15 years ago.2 Meanwhile, workloads and regulatory complexity for enterprise, mid-sized, and small business in-house legal teams continued to rise while budgets shrank. Legal departments are under immense pressure to do more with less, with 70% reporting higher matter volumes, and 66% reporting their budgets are flat or declining.3

“You no longer have to do more with less,” said Kimberly Burke, General Counsel of Cerapedics Inc. “Companies today need to do more for less, and Axiom is heeding that call. They’ve become a true extension of our in-house team. They offer outstanding, experienced in-house attorneys who are skilled in the practice areas we need and able to speak the language of our business, and they’re far more cost-effective than the traditional big law firm. With their help, we’ve been able to undertake a large volume of strategic projects while meeting our budget goals this year.”

Today’s Axiom provides a simple, technology-enabled, AI-enhanced process to help companies of all sizes—with or without in-house counsel—quickly find the most efficient and effective way to meet their immediate or long-term legal needs.

“Axiom is uniquely positioned to help legal organizations thrive,” said David McVeigh, CEO of Axiom. “Our north star has always been to drive disruptive innovation, improve access to quality counsel, and spur value realization in law. Today, with the largest and most comprehensive portfolio of solutions and services in the market, we’re doing just that. We’re giving business and legal leaders a full array of in-house solutions and the industry’s first and only on-demand law firm that puts their business and budget first. We’ll continue to invest in the technologies, solutions and services, and quality talent that our clients need, as the industry continues to evolve.”

About Axiom Advice & Counsel

Located in Arizona, Axiom Advice & Counsel (AA&C) is setting a new standard for the modern law firm. From prioritizing clients and the lawyer experience, to finding the right legal talent for the right legal matter, AA&C’s approach to the law firm model provides clients with better value for every dollar spent on outside counsel. AA&C represents a diverse set of clients, ranging from growing mid-market businesses to global multinationals with large in-house teams. The firm focuses on corporate law including general counsel services, real estate, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, intellectual property, and regulatory matters. For more information, please visit https://www.axiomadviceandcounsel.com.

About Axiom

Axiom is where high-caliber legal talent meets full-service law firm work. We invented the alternative legal services industry 23 years ago and now serve more than 1,500 legal departments globally, including 60% of the Fortune 100, with 95% client satisfaction. Axiom gives small, mid-market, and enterprise clients a single trusted provider who can deliver a full spectrum of legal solutions and services across more than a dozen practice areas and all major industries at rates up to 50% less than national law firms. To learn how Axiom can help your legal departments do more for less, visit www.axiomlaw.com

1 https://www.natlawreview.com/article/arizona-s-new-alternative-business-structures-law-alive-and-kickin
2 https://www.law.com/americanlawyer/2023/11/16/billing-rates-accelerated-again-big-law-will-likely-keep-foot-on-the-pedal
3 https://generalcounselnews.com/legal-departments-see-higher-matter-volumes-but-flat-or-declining-budgets-thomson-reuters-2023-legal-department-operations-index

 

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions

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SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect

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HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website

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LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.

 

With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

Please contact: press@aptoide.com 

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