A farewell to UK finance work

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  • Excellent article, Catrin. Well written and great angle. More like this please!

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  • Well said.

    I think the appeal of Hogan Lovells will be that a real stamp can be made on its PE practice, and they can use the US angle whereas SJB simply cannot. There is a good culture at Hogan Lovells which will be appealing, perhaps more so than on offer at the true US outfits.

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  • Good article.

    I think the reason the articles on Ed and Leanne incited so much attention and comment is that, in the context of that particular team, it is a huge deal and loss. There are plenty of people out there who are clearly so burnt from their own experiences at SJB that they revel in speculating on the "whys".

    What is consistent from the comments is the perception that the culture drove them to leave. Whether that is right or not is not for me to say, but as I said - the comments are fairly consistent on that ...

    Agree that the move to Hogan Lovells is an interesting one. But, they do have the US arm that SJB does not, whilst perhaps retaining a good culture that the London based US firms do not offer. On paper, it's not so unusual a move when compared to SJB, but I agree that it goes against the current trend slightly.

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  • I'm not sure how successful KWM will be at getting a US merger after it's previous failed attempts (Proskauer; Orrick). With that in mind, as you say one wonders at the future of a PE team without US capability and, frankly, Ed and Leanne's move isn't surprising in the slightest.

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  • So are you suggesting that firms without a US capability should shut up shop on PE?

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  • Teams move for dollar, culture or better prospects. In this case, it's a commendable move for better culture and prospects.

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  • Hogan Lovells is ranked above SJB in Chambers both for mainstream corporate and PE deals (amongst other practice areas). So the move is not questionable.

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  • Anon @ 2:58: I think Catrin rightly suggests that firms with no US capability canstill find a niche in the mid-market - but it is certainly the case that a PE team with no US finance capability will be fishing in a limited pool for deals as they simply do not have the toolkit to compete at the upper end where, as the article says, most deals have an element of US financing

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  • Agreed.

    Ed and Leanne's move / choice of firm is not an odd one. It is ranked better than SJB in many areas, and is a much more global offering. It is commendable that they didn't move for the golden dollar.

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  • So what, anybody at a firm without a US office doing PE should consider their options? Is this propaganda that causes the attrition rates and the mass moves.

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