Cadwalader turns to A&O to fill tax gap

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has finally filled the vacancy in its tax group hiring a senior associate from Allen & Overy after the firm’s last appointment was convinced to stay at Clifford Chance.

Adam Blakemore will join Cadwalader’s London office as a partner in August. He specialises in the tax aspects of securitisations and structured finance and was also part of the A&O team that acted for Royal & SunAlliance on its sale of its UK life operations to Resolution Life Group last year.

Cadwalader lost tax partner Anthony Davis to Gide Loyrette Nouel back in January 2005 and has been trying to fill the gap since then.

In October 2005 Cadwalader attempted to fill the gap by hiring Clifford Chance tax partner Michael Brosnahan. However the magic circle firm convinced the junior partner to stay, reported by The Lawyer (28 November).

Since Davis’s departure associate David Burke has been servicing the London office’s tax needs.

Cadwalader has had mixed fortunes in its recruitment and retention of partners during the last year. It strengthened its capital markets and securitisation team with the hire of A&O CDO specialist Angus Duncan and Norton Rose partner Christian Parker. However it also suffered the loss of leveraged finance partner Christopher Kandel to White & Case and its projects team left to start its own practice.

A spokesperson for Cadwalader confirmed Blakemore’s appointment.