DWF snares DLA Piper corporate team following Glasgow closure

DWF is to take a team from DLA Piper following the latter’s wide-reaching restructuring, with a three-person corporate team in Edinburgh resigning to join the expansive firm.

Corporate finance partner Paul Pignatelli, who was based in Glasgow until the firm shut down the office earlier ths year (24 January 2013), was most recently located in Edinburgh following the transfer of a number of lawyers from Scotland’s largest city.

He leaves alongside associate Tom Maxwell and solicitor Gemma Gallagher, who retain the same roles at DWF. All three were originally based in DLA Piper’s Glasgow outpost.

Pignatelli had been at DLA Piper for more than 20 years and headed its sport practice for nine years, advising on the addition of golf to the list of Olympic sports for the 2016 Games and Celtic Football Club on a range of matters.

He also recently advised South African drinks group Distell on its £160m acquisition of whisky maker Burn Stewart Distillers from CL World Brands and Angostura (22 April 2013).

The move follows Mills & Reeve’s hire of a nine-strong insurance team from DLA Piper in Birmingham headed by partner Alan Jacobs (18 June 2013), while Hill Dickinson took on its Manchester and Sheffield defendant insurance practices earlier this year (28 January 2013).

Meanwhile, HBJ Gateley acquired a Glasgow restructuring team led by partner Yvonne Brady (18 March 2013).

DLA Piper terminated its Glasgow base as part of a UK restructuring, but not all partners have chosen to transfer to Edinburgh (24 January 2013).

The hires represent a continuation of DWF’s growth push across the UK, with recent corporate hires including partner Christian Lowis from Squire Sanders in Birmingham and Paul Rimmer from DLA Piper in Liverpool (22 April 2013).

Earlier this month DWF posted an 84 per cent revenue increase to £188m following five mergers in a year, including its pre-pack takeover of Manchester’s Cobbetts (6 June 2013).

DWF Edinburgh and Glasgow executive partner Alasdair Peacock said in a statement: “With such in-depth market experience and wide-reaching connections, Paul is an excellent fit for our team. Our growth strategy for 2013 is ambitious and with Paul on board we are in an even better position to exceed our targets.”

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