Linklaters boosts litigation with Herbert Smith hire

Linklaters has made its second financial regulatory hire from Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) in less than six months with the recruitment of partner Nikunj Kiri.

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The disputes specialist will join Linklaters as a partner, with news of his move coming after the resignation of fellow legacy Herbert Smith partner Martyn Hopper last year (3 September 2012).

Hopper, who headed the City firm’s financial services regulatory practice, also quit for Linklaters, a month before Herbert Smith merged with Australia’s Freehills (28 June 2012).

Kiri, who focuses on regulatory and compliance matters, made partner at Herbert Smith in 2010 (20 April 2010).

He acted for UBS in an unsuccessful enforcement action in 2011 and 2012 by the FSA against John Pottage, the former CEO of the Swiss bank’s UK wealth management business.

The timescale of Kiri’s move has not been confirmed. Partners at HSF are required to give six months’ notice, a reduction on the twelve months previously in force at the UK firm before the merger (7 December 2012).

Both firms declined to comment.