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The London office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is taking on one of the founders of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood's UK practice.
Mark Pinder is joining the Los Angeles firm after four years at Sidley, where he was head of corporate for London. He moved there from Travers Smith Braithwaite, where he had been a partner since 1993. At Gibson Dunn he will be the eleventh partner in London and the fifth corporate partner. He joins Judith Shepherd, the former head of corporate finance at Stephenson Harwood, and Wayne McArdle, who joined from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, as the third UK-qualified corporate partner. His specialisms include: international and cross-border deals; acquisitions, disposals and reorganisations; venture and development capital; hostile and recommended public takeovers; and public equity and capital issues. Shepherd said: "Mark does a lot of venture capital and equity financing work. Where he fits in with us is that, in order to be a top-level corporate practice, you need to be able to serve a company all the way through its life, so that's from start-up to exit. "That's what we've got now - my practice is very much public companies and public takeover. Wayne is very much on the financing side, initial financing and funds. Mark fits in between; he did the big railway privatisations at Travers Smith, so he has a very big private equity pedigree. This makes us a very exciting proposition now." The office's corporate clients include Transamerica and Coats Viyella, but Shepherd declined to comment on whether Pinder would bring clients with him. "Mark has demonstrated himself to be an impressive portfolio builder and we expect him to do the same here," she said. Howard Waterman, joint head of global finance at Sidley in London, said the firm remained committed to building a corporate practice in the City. The office currently has three partners and 15 other fee-earners in the practice area.