Field Fisher Waterhouse has lost corporate partner Robert Wieder to the London office of US firm Bryan Cave.
The move is confirmation that the recruitment campaign hinted at by Bryan Cave’s London managing partner Anthony Fiducia yesterday, (Monday 29 January) has begun.
The loss of Wieder, who joins Bryan Cave this week, is also a warning to the UK firm that it risks losing some of its key talent if it is not more international in outlook.
Wieder said his clients includes a number of organisations that were demanding service in the US and China in particular. It was Bryan Cave’s coverage in these jurisdictions that was a key factor in deciding to leave Field Fisher, he said.
“Bryan Cave can offer an effective international service while Field Fisher has no US or China capability,” said Wieder. “Bryan Cave is a very different animal.”
Wieder’s new London managing partner, Fiducia, said yesterday that he expected headcount in Bryan Cave’s London office to increase by 20 per cent during the course of the year.
“We intend to build up significant momentum in terms of hiring partners, counsel and associates,” he said.
The first of those hires, Wieder, has been with Field Fisher for nine years. He is an experienced corporate lawyer who handled a series of matters last year including M&A, private equity investments and AIM admissions.
Among his highlight deals was last year’s £96m acquisition of AIM-listed TRL Electronics by the US L-3 Communications, on which he advised the target.
Moira Gilmour, managing partner said: “Field Fisher Waterhouse is disappointed that Robert Wieder has decided to leave the firm, however his practice was self standing and his departure will not adversely affect the firm or our clients. We would like to thank him for his contribution to the firm over the last nine years and we wish him every success in the future.”