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Lawrence Graham (LG) will make up five partners to coincide with its merger with Wragge & Co on 1 May, when the combined firms are to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.
Partners at LG and Wragges were told about the firm’s merger talks to create a £170m firm in November (18 November 2013).
The promotions are up by two on last year’s, when LG made up two in London and one in Monaco, in the IP, insolvency and private client practices.
This year’s five new partners include one from real estate, one from dispute resolution, one from private capital and two in the corporate practice group.
Talking to The Lawyer in November Wragges senior partner Quentin Poole cited LG’s real estate, equity capital markets, investment funds and private capital practices as the main attractions for the merger.
Clive Chalkley is a real estate litigation lawyer who is well known for his advice on high-end complex cases. His clients have included a number of major property investors, developers and household name retailers, including House of Fraser.
Alex Jay is a lawyer in the dispute resolution group. He is a commercial litigator focused on contentious insolvency, fraud and asset tracing, and financial services litigation. His recently acted for the joint liquidators of Stanford International Bank Limited in relation to the collapse of Allen Stanford’s fraudulent ponzi scheme empire, advising on a high-value property development fraud.
Daniel Ugur is a private capital lawyer specialising in international succession planning, family governance matters, and on the tax implications of investing in, moving to or leaving the UK. He will divide his time between London and Singapore.
Sam Gray and Kristian Rogers are corporate lawyers at LG. Gray specialises in mergers and acquisitions as well as joint ventures and capital raising.
Gray recently advised Arthur J. Gallagher on its acquisition of Oval Group for £199m, the Saudi-listed travel group Al Tayyar Travel Group Holding Company on its acquisition of Elegant Resorts Limited, and LOC Group Limited on the sale of a minority stake to funds managed by Bridgepoint Development Capital.
Rogers is focused on capital raising, including IPOs and secondary issues and fund restructurings. His clients have included Brewin Dolphin, BlackRock and Leon Restaurants.
Just two spots on the new Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co management board, will be taken up by Lawrence Graham partners on the 1 May (17 February 2014).