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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired Nabarro Nathanson partner Richard Hierons, giving the US firm its first UK-qualified corporate partner.
Hierons joins Akin Gump in January next year as a partner and head of the English law corporate practice group. Hierons said: "Nabarro Nathanson is focusing on three core areas - property, TMT and projects. My background and whole career has been as a general corporate lawyer. I thought it was the right time to move to something broader than that." The move will boost the firm's corporate capability in London. With a UK-qualified corporate lawyer the London office will be able to handle cross-border mergers, acquisitions, corporate finance matters and joint ventures.
"Our clients who do transactions in the UK and Europe demand an experienced English lawyer" Fred Heller, Akin Gump
Commenting on the demand for UK corporate capacity, London partner in charge Fred Heller said: "We have clients who do transactions in the UK and Europe. They demand a high quality, highly experienced English lawyer. We wanted to offer that service in-house." He added: "Richard is a great match for our client base. He has a corporate background compatible with ours." Heller said the firm is committed to expanding its London office. Recruiting additional lawyers from both UK and other jurisdictions is a priority.