SJ Berwin loses duo of funds partners to Proskauer

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  • That leaves Michael Halford as the only SJB funds partner in London with any standing in the market (Blake and Gold are merely figureheads who left the coalface years ago). Who said the US firms would never establish themselves? Five years ago CC and SJB ruled the private equity funds market in the UK. Quite an achievement to be obliterated by newcomers in such a short space of time. Well, there's always mid-market deals I suppose.

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  • Spot on Mr Hedgefund. Love Blake's bluster - wholly unconvincing. Couldn't happen to a nicer firm.

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  • This just goes to show - what goes around, comes around. I know that there are many ex-SJ Berwin associates who will be delighted at this news.

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  • Julian Hedgefund is absolutely correct. The once pre eminent funds practice has now lost Mark Mifsud, Richard Watkins Justin Dolling plus their team many who are now also partners to Kirkland; John Daglian and Solomon Wifa to O'Melveny; these two to Proskaur; Bruce Gardner to Sidleys and probably a number of others that I cannot recall.
    Maybe Blake will have to get back into practice?
    That may be the only way to save the funds practice and gives him a face saving way to exit as senior partner before the election??

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  • This is a disaster for SJB - like Julian Hedgefund says, really it only leaves Halford as Blake and Gold are no longer highly regarded in their practice.
    Blake as ever is unconvincing with his response - when oh when will they learn?

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  • And just desserts for SJ Berwin, really.

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  • Wow! have I missed something? Where does all this bile and delight at SJB expense come from? Anyone care to fill me in?

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  • Few firms deserve this more richly than SJ Berwin. And that's really saying something after the last few years of stealth redundancies et al in the City.

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  • (Seriously) why does everyone apparently SJ Berwin so much? I'm merely a lowly barrister who has never been instructed by them so I have no idea what the firm is like, myself.

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  • David Ryland is also still there. I imagine someone will be after him soon. If he goes too, SJB are doomed.

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