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Legal process outsourcer CPA Global has named Ruth Daniels as its first-ever general counsel.
Daniels joins from genealogy website Ancestry.com, where she spent five years as vice-president of legal international and vice-president of legal China. Ancestry.com was last month bought out by private equity house Permira for $1.6bn (£1bn), with Clifford Chance and Fried Frank partners Robert Schwenkel and Brian Mangino advising the buyer while Wachtell partner Andrew Nussbaum advised Ancestry.com.
Daniels began her legal career with DLA Piper in the UK, qualifying as an IP lawyer after secondments with IPC Media, ITV and T-Mobile. She subsequently joined Pinsent Masons as a senior associate in its outsourcing, technology and commercial group.
Earlier this year DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Travers Smith won roles on the sale of CPA to London-based private equity house Cinven (20 January 2012). Travers Smith was reappointed to act for CPA after the firm advised the outsourcer two years ago on its management buyout and acquisition by ICG while DLA Piper coporate partner David Raff, who originally advised CPA in 2010, represented CPA’s management team.
The outsourcer has made a number of high-profile hires in recent years, with former SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel appointed as chairman in February last year (9 February 2011) and Rio Tinto managing attorney Leah Cooper joining as strategy director in 2010 (16 February 2010). Cooper has since left the company.