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Global advertising lawyers alliance adds new members in Europe, Africa, and the Americas


April 17, 2014 New York, N.Y. – The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (“GALA”) announced today that it has added new members in Canada, Kenya, Hungary, and the Ukraine. GALA is the leading network of advertising lawyers in the world.

GALA’s new Canadian member is Miller Thomson. The firm’s lead representative to GALA will be Catherine Bate, who is located in its Toronto office. “Miller Thomson is one of the pre-eminent advertising law firms in Canada,” said Roberto Arochi, GALA America’s Regional President and a Partner at Arochi & Lindner, GALA’s Mexican member. “The firm is a terrific addition to GALA,” he said.

The new GALA member from Kenya is Coulson Harney, which is located in Nairobi. The firm’s lead representative to GALA will be John Syekei. GALA’s new Hungarian member is Szecskay Law Firm, located in Budapest. The firm’s lead representative will be András Szecskay. And, the new GALA member from the Ukraine will be Sayenko Kharenko, located in Kyiv. The firm’s lead representative to GALA will be Oleksandr Padalka. “We are thrilled to have these firms join GALA,” said Duncan S. J. Grehan, GALA EMEA’s Regional President and a Partner at Duncan Grehan & Partners Solicitors, GALA’s Irish member. “They are handling some of the most significant advertising matters in their countries, and will be a high quality addition to our network in Europe, Africa and around the globe,” he said.

“We are very pleased to welcome such outstanding firms into our network,” said Jeffrey A Greenbaum, GALA’s Global Chairman and Managing Partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, one of GALA’s US members.

About Coulson Harney

Coulson Harney is a Kenyan law firm providing legal advice and transaction services to a wide range of international and local Kenyan clients. They assist clients in achieving their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimizing the legal and regulatory risks, both within Kenya and further afield around Africa. The main areas of practice are in corporate and commercial, banking and finance, capital markets, energy and resources, real estate, intellectual property and dispute resolution.

About Miller Thomson

Miller Thomson enjoys a reputation as one of Canada’s most respected national business law firms. Their people demonstrate a consistent ability to provide practical, creative and cost-effective advice, combined with an unyielding service commitment to their clients. With 480 lawyers across Canada the firm offers a complete range of business, advocacy and personal legal services to corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, governments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Through strategic growth, Miller Thomson has added enhanced capabilities, depth and resources in many core and specialty areas of expertise in the firm. Today, they are exceptionally well-positioned to assist domestic and international decision-makers with all their Canadian legal needs.

About Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko enjoys a global reputation as a leading Ukrainian law firm with an internationally oriented full-service practice. The firm specializes in complex cross-border and local matters and regularly handles the largest projects involving Ukraine. Its excellent reputation is confirmed by No.1 position in league tables, top rankings, international and local professional awards. The firm received Law Firm of the Year Award for Ukraine at IFLR 2013 European Awards, Who’s Who Legal Awards 2013, and Legal Awards 2013 by Yuridicheskaya Praktika Publishing. Sayenko Kharenko is experienced in handling all types of intellectual property, including copyright, trademarks, and patents. Their attorneys are familiar with industry specific issues in advertising, mass media, telecommunications, IT and software, pharmaceuticals, and tobacco. The firm’s IP capacities are recommended by the Legal 500, and Managing IP.

About Szecskay

Szecskay Attorneys at Law is a market-leading, independent Hungarian law firm, consistently top-ranked in all major legal rankings publications. The firm was founded in 1992 by Dr. András Szecskay, Managing Partner. Their highly personalized and service-oriented team is able to provide efficient, tailor-made legal consultancy services in multiple languages. As a fully-fledged business law firm, they provide innovative solutions in all fields of corporate and commercial law, where they have developed strong practise areas. The strongest areas are corporate finance and M&A, dispute resolution, real estate, capital markets, competition law and employment law. They also avidly develop their energy, IP, administrative, banking and financial services, telecom, advertising and media law practices.

About GALA

The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance ( is the leading network of advertising lawyers around the world. With firms representing 80 countries, each GALA member has the local expertise and experience in advertising, marketing and promotion law that will help your campaign achieve its objectives, and navigate the legal minefield successfully. GALA is a uniquely sensitive global resource whose members maintain frequent contact with each other to maximize the effectiveness of their collaborative efforts for their shared clients. GALA provides the premier worldwide resource to advertisers and agencies seeking solutions to problems involving the complex legal issues affecting today’s marketplace.