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Hunton & Williams corporate partner Peter Kavanagh has quit the firm's partnership to become business affairs director with the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).
ATG has been a client of Kavanagh since 1993, when he advised the group on its first acquisition of a theatre. The group now owns 24 theatres in the UK, including 11 in London's West End. The group also produces shows and is looking to expand its opportunities on Broadway and in Australia.
"This is a new role and I'll be covering the legal aspects as a general in-house counsel," said Kavanagh.
The role will also encompass all acquisitions, joint ventures, joint productions and the exploitation of the company's IP rights.
Hunton London managing partner Martin Thomas said: "It's a big blow to lose Peter, but we wish him every success in his new role."
Kavanagh joined Hunton in March 2002 from Theodore Goddard, where he was instrumental in two merger attempts that ultimately failed.
Kavanagh was Theodore Goddard's managing partner between October 1996 and April 1999. While there he oversaw the failed tripartite merger attempt with Denton Hall and Richards Butler.