Enyo Law raids Reed Smith for credit-crunch litigator

Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a commercial litigation partner from Reed Smith.

Litigation boutique Enyo Law has hired a commercial litigation partner from Reed Smith.

Marcus Rutherford joined Enyo on 3 October. Rutherford was a partner in Reed Smith’s commercial disputes practice and had been at the firm seven years. Before that he was a partner at defunct firm DJ Freeman.

Rutherford focuses on financial institutions litigation and, at Reed Smith, advised BC Capital on its $150m credit-crunch dispute with Société Générale & Ors (advised by Allen & Overy), which was highlighted as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2011.

In a statement Rutherford said: “At this point in my career joining Enyo Law presents an exciting and challenging opportunity. Reed Smith has been a great place to work for the past seven years, but as the firm continues to expand across the world I think I can be most effective in a leaner, litigation-focused environment which can handle the full range of litigation matters for clients.”

Enyo was established on 18 October 2010, by Addleshaw Goddard’s former litigation chief Simon Twigden, Pietro Marino and Michael Green (8 October 2010).

In its first year the firm has almost doubled in size, to 28 staff. The firm is one of a number of conflict-free boutique practices, which have profited from larger firms’ reluctance to take on bank-on-bank and fund-on-bank litigation work due to their large non-contentious workloads.