Simmons hit by Gibson Dunn corporate raid

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has lured a corporate finance and capital markets partner from Simmons & Simmons to beef up its growing corporate team.

Selina Sagayam joins Gibson Dunn’s 14-partner office in London from Simmons & Simmons, where she has spent most of the last 11 years, taking a two-year break as secretary to the UK Takeover Panel in 2004 and 2005 before rejoining Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Sagayam specialises in public and private company acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate finance and corporate governance.

Gibson Dunn has added a string of new partners to its London headquarters, including James Cox from Ashurst, international capital markets partner Dorothee Fischer-Appelt from Allen & Overy, Jones Day head of finance practice Tom Budd and Philip Rocher from Clifford Chance.

The appointments are part of an ongoing growth strategy by the firm’s London office, which has increased by 50 per cent in the last two years.

Corporate partner Ken Lamb told The Lawyer: “We need people like Selina who have experience across a number of areas, because at the moment, we’re just extremely busy.”

Simmons & Simmons head of corporate and commercial Mark Curtis said: “It is always disappointing to lose a colleague who is as experienced as Selina but we wish her all the best.”