Lawrence Graham (LG) has lost its competition and regulation chief Rosemary Choueka to Bristows months before the firm is due to merge with Wragge & Co.
The exit of Choueka, who joined LG from Linklaters in 2004 and has been head of the department since 2009, comes months before the firm merges to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (11 December 2013).
It is not known if news of the merger impacted Choueka’s decision to move, nor if she is joining with any associates. However the firm has seen a number of departures in recent months, including property litigation head Jane Fox-Edwards, who quit to join Allen & Overy in April (12 April 2013), as well as pensions partner Ron Burgess who left for Olswang (21 May 2013) and white collar crime partner Eoin O’Shea who quit for Reed Smith.
Meanwhile Bristows, which has 36 partners, has been steadily growing in headcount. The firm announced three internal promotions last year, its first round of partner promotions in over two years.
Bristows head of competition Pat Treacy said of Choueka’s hire: “As well as experience at the European Commission and advising businesses on all areas of competition law, she is also experienced in general EU law and on regulatory issues in sectors including technology, healthcare and waste.
“The team has been growing over the past few years to cater for increased workload, so her arrival is very timely as increased competition focus on high technology industries seems likely to lead to greater demand for sector specialists with a deep understanding of competition issues”
It is not known who is replacing Choueka.