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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's high-profile London partner Stephen Ball has gone on secondment to client Flag Telecom.
Ball, former chief general counsel at Japanese investment bank Nomura, will spend no more than six months in the role of acting general counsel. He joined Gibson Dunn a year ago from Nomura to head its UK practice, though the firm now describes him as head of the English finance practice. The firm's European managing partner Bernard Grinspan said: "His secondment means he's supposed to spend two-thirds of his time there. Flag Telecom is a longstanding client of the firm and it asked us if we could help it for three to six months. "Stephen's been a general counsel before and has experience. He met with the company and that went very well. On top of him being there, there's several files that we're taking care of for the company that are very large." He said that he expected Ball to be in the role for no more than six months, and that Ball would still spend one day a week at the Gibson Dunn office. The firm is also helping Flag Telecom identify a new general counsel. On the question of why Ball was no longer head of the UK practice, Grinspan said: "There is no head of the UK practice. I don't know how that came about; maybe he [Ball] thought that initially. Stephen has a leading role in the finance practice of the firm, but he's not really involved in the corporate practice or the real estate practice." Both Ball and Flag Telecom were unavailable for comment.