Freshfields corporate partner lands at White & Case

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner David Crook has resurfaced at US firm White & Case following a year-long break from fee-earning.

Crook is the third lateral hire for White & Case’s London office this week following its raid on Mayer Brown for banking partners Jacqueline Evans and Lee Cullinane (15 December 2010).

London executive partner Oliver Brettle said: “We’re in the business of offering clients top legal talent, coupled with global reach, and we have a clear focus on developing the excellent global pool of lawyers we already have, as well as attracting high-calibre partners that fit with the needs of our clients and the international work and culture of the firm.”

Crook has been a partner at Freshfields for 10 years and specialised in domestic and cross-border M&A deals, particularly in the energy, oil and gas and chemicals sectors.

All three of this week’s new hires have got magic circle pedigree, with Evans and Cullinane joining Mayer Brown last year from, respectively, Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance following restructurings at both firms.