Simmons corporate partners quit firm after poaching spree

Simmons & Simmons has lost three partners from its corporate department.
The departures of Peter Faber, Peter Kennerley and Jeffrey Keey were announced to the firm last Tuesday.
Senior corporate partner Peter Faber is leaving to join the London office of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue.
Peter Kennerley is moving to Edinburgh to become corporate lawyer and company secretary at the brewery Scottish & Newcastle.
Jeffrey Keey is refusing to disclose where he is going.
A source says Faber's departure, in particular, is a major loss to Simmons because he brought a lot of business to the firm. Senior figures at Simmons are said to have reacted angrily to his decision.
Commenting on his move to Jones Day, Faber says: “Jones Day is a major international law firm with a huge corporate client base that generates top-quality M&A and corporate finance work. It is very focused on developing its overseas business.
“My interest is in high-value M&A work, and there are opportunities to develop that in the UK and Europe.”
Kennerley says his move is a “career decision” and “something I have been thinking about for some time”.
A Simmons spokesman says the moves are the result of the partners being approached by headhunters. “There may be other reasons that they are going. The comments in the media last year probably destabilised them,” he adds.
A Simmons source says the partners will replaced through an internal promotion.