S J BERWIN & Co partner Graeme Levy has deserted its high-profile corporate finance department to join Olswang.
Levy handed in his notice last week, but is still with his old firm while his leaving terms are finalised.
Olswang partner Caroline Kean says the London firm is very excited about the move.
“He will be joining our corporate group as soon as he is free to do so.
“The group works as a team and has got extremely busy. He will be the fifth partner there.”
Levy's appointment is the latest in a series of moves of top personnel to and from Olswang over the past year.
In September top defamation lawyer Geraldine Proudler joined its media litigation practice which had also recruited David Zeffman and colleagues from Frere Cholmeley Bischoff.
In June, however, commercial partner Nicolas Greenstone was poached by Fladgate Fielder.