Greenberg Traurig gets its tax man

Here’s a thing that doesn’t happen very often – this week a Slaughter and May partner has quit for a rival firm.

Yes, Slaughters’ partner Graham Iversen has joined the bandwagon of lawyers at elite UK firms to jump ship for a US rival, with his move coming hard on the heels of the likes of Travers Smith private equity rainmaker Phil Sanderson, who joined Ropes & Gray, Clifford Chance private equity chief David Walker, who quit for Latham & Watkins, and private equity duo Ian Bagshaw and Richard Youle, who moved to White & Case last year.

For once it’s not private equity but tax, and not a blue blood Wall Street oppo but Greenberg Traurig’s London office, Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM). In what is a real coup for GTM, Iversen is joining as head of UK tax with a remit to grow the firm’s European tax practices.

The firm’s London office is already on the rise, with turnover thought to be around £15m for the financial year ending March 2014, a rise of 54 per cent on 2013. Still some way to go to make it into The Lawyer’s International Top 30, which will be updated for 2014 next month as part of the UK 200, but heading in the right direction.

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