Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has moved to ramp up its international network, creating the new position of director of international strategy within the firm.
John Taylor, deputy general counsel of listed fund giant Amvescap and general counsel for subsidiary Invesco's activities outside North America, has been appointed to the role of director of international strategy.
Taylor will be tasked with widening the firm's range of non-exclusive referral firms globally.
Taylor's hire follows the firm's recruitment of Slaughter and May Paris corporate finance partner Antoine-Audoin Maggiar, revealed in The Lawyer last week. (12 June).
Maggiar was also appointed to the firm's international strategy team, but his role is understood to focus more on developing the firm's international portfolio of clients.
Taylor will have a more strategic role to spearhead the strategy, investing time in nurturing relationships with existing referral firms and developing new relationships globally.
Taylor has more than 35 years experience in international law and finance, and has heading up legal teams for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, BNP Paribas Capital Markets (London) and a banking team at the World Bank in Washington DC. He has also served in private practice in both Australia and the US.