Ashurst corporate partner Earle jumps ship to Gibson Dunn

Ashurst corporate partner Jonathan Earle has quit the firm to join Gibson Dunn’s London office.

Earle, who specialises in cross-border M&A, has spent the past 16 years at the Appold Street firm. 

In 2013, he advised longstanding client William Hill in its joint bid alongside GVC for Sportingbet. The deal paid out £6.85m in legal fees – primarily to Addleshaw Goddard, Nabarro and Ashurst – making among the most lucrative deals of 2013. Earle co-led on the deal alongside fellow Ashurst corporate partner Anthony Clare (28 January 2013). 

The previous year, he made his mark advising financial services company GlobeOp on its £508m takeover by TPG Capital alongside the firm’s former corporate chief Stephen Lloyd (2 February 2012). 

Earle said of Gibson Dunn: “The firm has a preeminent corporate practice, and its international platform will help me to grow my cross-border M&A practice in the future.” 

Co-head of Gibson Dunn’s London office, Tom Budd, added: “We’re first and foremost a corporate law firm and corporate remains a key practice area for us. We’ve been interested for a long time in finding further resources in London, and Jonathan will be a terrific benefit to our firm.” 

Earle’s exit follows that of Lloyd who quit for Allen & Overy last November (7 November 2013). He was followed by up and coming Ashurst corporate partner Karan Dinamani months later (4 March 2014). 

The firm also lost longstanding corporate partner Eavan Saunders Cole last year, who left the firm to relocate to William Fry in Dublin (11 November 2013). 

Ashurst’s London-based corporate practice missed out in the firm’s latest promotions round, announced last week (24 April 2014). A total of 15 new partners were made up globally, of which only one works within the corporate practice from Madrid. 

The firm has formerly made up two corporate partners in its City office each year since 2010.