Trans-Atlantic law firm opens Houston office

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, the U.S. arm of a trans-Atlantic law firm, has opened a Houston office.

The Houston office is at 811 Main St., suite 3130, and focuses on global energy, advanced manufacturing, technology and life sciences sectors. According to a press release, the four partners in the Houston office are:

Jeffrey Whittle, the Houston’s office managing partner, joined the firm from Hogan Lovells and focuses on global, complex intellectual property transactions.
Joshua “Josh”…

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Trans-Atlantic law firm opens Houston office

Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport to offer direct flights to Africa again

Ethiopian Airlines will begin operations to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) this summer, according to a Jan. 28 press release. 

The airline will offer direct flights three times per week to West Africa, though the exact location has yet to be determined, per the Houston Airport System’s press release. Ethiopian Airlines cited the Houston area’s African community and its companies — oil-related and otherwise — doing business in Africa as factors in the decision to add…

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Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport to offer direct flights to Africa again

H-E-B to open multilevel Heights store this week

San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. has set Jan. 30 as the opening date for its newest grocery store inside Houston’s 610 Loop.

The Heights store, at 2300 N. Shepherd Drive, will be the company’s second multilevel location in Houston. A multilevel H-E-B opened in Bellaire last year.

Like the Bellaire store, H‑E‑B The Heights will sit on the second level of a two-story parking garage. It will feature curbside grocery pickup, Meal Simple chef-inspired meals and more, according to H-E-B’s…

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H-E-B to open multilevel Heights store this week

Hilltop Holdings lets around 330 loan officers go, hires more in shakeup

Dallas-based finance company Hilltop Holdings (NYSE: HTH) has shaken up its lineup of loan officers as the mortgage business took a hit last year.

The bank fired 334 loan officers and hired 370 in their place, executives told investors on a conference call Jan. 25.

“We’re cleaning that up,” Hilltop Co-CEO Alan White said on the call. “We got rid of people who were not producing and were not generating revenue for us.”

Lenders have been choked off from the refinancing business that in…

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Hilltop Holdings lets around 330 loan officers go, hires more in shakeup