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Dyer, who spent 25 years at the magic circle firm, has joined the London office of US firm Hunton & Williams to build up its banking practice.
Talking about what attracted him to Hunton, Dyer said: "It was a combination of the practice and the collegiality of the firm."
Admitting that it is a big change moving from a magic circle firm to a 30-lawyer outpost of a US firm, Dyer said, after spending 10 years with Freshfields in Singapore, he is used to working in a small office. During his time in the Far East Dyer headed Freshfields' Singapore office from 1998 to 2002.
Hunton opened in London in 1999 and now has 11 partners, including Dyer. The firm's European managing partner Martin Thomas said Dyer's experience of global banking work will help consolidate the firm's competitive position in the London corporate and financial markets.
Dyer's departure from Freshfields comes just days after the firm's former chief executive and managing partner Hugh Crisp announced he is to join the Said Business School at Oxford University as chair of its international advisory board (www.thelawyer.com, 4 March).
A Freshfields spokesperson confirmed that Dyer had been a partner until his resignation and was not one of a group of longserving partners who retired from the equity in favour of consultancy in 2006 (The Lawyer, 30 October 2006).