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In a coup for the M&A department, Wragge & Co has wooed Baljit Chohan, corporate partner at Hammond Suddards Edge.
The well regarded Chohan will work alongside Nick Smith, Ian Metcalfe and David Vaughan, carrying out transactions in the firm's technology M&A team. Chohan has known Metcalfe for many years since meeting him on the opposite side of a transaction. Chohan said they had developed "a healthy respect" for each other. He added: "Working in the technology sector in M&A I became aware that Wragges was building a strong client base and has the ability to target clients from Birmingham with a huge investment of time and people. "I was also impressed by the growth of the firm generally and specifically in the technology market." Initial talks about the move were made last autumn. Chohan said: "To fully target the technology market one must either be in London or in a regional centre with ambitions to grow its marketplace. In other words you need to be a City firm outside London. However, I felt the benefit of Hammonds' London office in Birmingham was marginal." Wragge & Co senior partner John Crabtree said: "We see the TMT sector as providing huge potential for high levels of corporate activity in the medium term and Baljit is the ideal candidate to complement our team." Chohan trained with Pinsent Curtis and joined Edge Ellison in 1992, becoming equity partner in 1999. Partners at Hammonds were unavailable for comment. Chohan would not be drawn on whether he would take clients with him.