Brown Rudnick adds to London presence

US firm Brown Rudnick made its second partner hire of the year with the addition of the former head of Nabarro‘s private equity team Roger Gregory.

Gregory will team up with former Osborne Clarke partners Matthew Sillett and Kieran O’Connor, who he has known for around 15 years since his time in-house at 3i.

“It’s a more corporate/venture capital-focused private equity firm,” said Gregory. “It’s a better platform for me.”

Brown Rudnick has had an office in London for 10 years. It has grown slowly but is focused on mirroring its US technology and venture capital practice by representing European tech companies and their investors. Its clients include Index Ventures, Mangrove Capital Partners, Atlas Venture, Amadeus Capital Partners and Environ- mental Technology Fund.

“Our team’s international platform, ;combined with Roger’s mid-market experience, will augment the ;corporate ;group’s expanding global presence,” said O’Connor.

In recent months the London office has grown with the promotion of associates James Shaw and Adrian Yeandle to the firm’s partnership and the hire of insolvency partner Louise Verrill from Addleshaw Goddard.

For the usually stable Nabarro, Gregory is the third partner to leave in a week after junior tax partner Paul Beausang quit for a role with more responsibility at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis and respected property partner James George retired.

Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston wished all three good luck, adding that the timing was a coincidence.