Bracewell & Giuliani grows with raids on McDermott and Bingham

Bracewell & Giuliani has added four lawyers to its New York office including partners from McDermott Will & Emery and Bingham McCutchen following its recent raid on Linklaters.

Bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer David Albalah joins from McDermott where he was a partner advising debtors and creditors on bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

Julian Rainero joins from Bingham, where he was a partner acting for broker-dealers and private investment funds on compliance with SEC, SRO and Federal Reserve Board rules. Associate Scott Gutmanstein has also moved across from Bingham

Rudolph Giuliani, senior partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, said: “Our growth in New York stems from client demand for M&A, capital markets, corporate restructuring and regulatory advice, especially in the energy and financial service sectors. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to build such a high-calibre team in little more than a year.”

Also joining Bracewell & Giuliani is former special assistant US attorney Craig Warkol, who will serve the firm as counsel in the white collar crime and regulatory defence practice.

Bracewell & Giuliani launched in the Big Apple last May when former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani started the office of what was then known as Bracewell & Patterson. In that time the New York office has grown to 27 lawyers including winning a group of three lawyers from Linklaters led by US head of corporate Mark Palmer.