Heller plunders second group from WilmerHale London

Heller Ehrman has made a second raid on WilmerHale to augment the hires of three corporate partners made two weeks ago.

The West Coast firm has returned for tax partner Christopher Prout and senior corporate associate Scott Leonard-Morgan, who both join Heller as partners together with three more corporate associates.

Heller Ehrman’s chairman, Matthew Larrabee said in a statement: “In addition to providing companies day-to-day counseling and assisting them with cross-border matters, Chris will continue to help US corporations translate equity-compensation models into European form, which will play an increasingly important role in our UK and European practice.”

The second raid comes just over one month after The Lawyer revealed the opening of Heller Ehrman’s London office (January 16). The firm has since recruited corporate partners Richard Eaton, Christopher Grew and Struan Penwarden from WilmerHale and Douglas Lahnborg, a competition lawyer from Slaughter and May.

The firm is in the opening stages of extending three of its core practices – corporate, real estate, and competition – into Europe.

A WilmerHale spokesperson was unavailable for comment.