Locke Lord continues to build London with Fox Williams hire

US firm Locke Lord has added a 16th partner to its nascent London office with the hire of Fox Williams corporate finance specialist James Channo.


Stephen Finch
Stephen Finch

Channo, who focuses on stock exchange listings, M&A, joint ventures and other transactional work, joined Fox Williams in 2007 from Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault and was later made partner (25 June 2007).

His recruitment by Locke Lord marks the second lateral partner hire in a matter of days for the Texan outfit, which brought in Mayer Brown reinsurance litigator Ian McKenna earlier this week as its 15th City partner (29 October 2012).

Channo specialises in matters related to Spain, Latin America and Australia, as well as the oil, gas, mining, leisure and retail sectors.

The AIM specialist’s clients include fashion retailer SuperGroup, which he advised on deals including its 2010 IPO on the main market (22 March 2010).

He also advised broker Seymour Pierce on a secondary placing for AIM-listed Ortac Resources and Solomon Gold, another AIM company, on its secondary placing to fund an exploration programme in the Solomon Islands.

Locke Lord London-based global executive committee member Stephen Finch said in a statement: “Strategically, James complements our London office’s capabilities in the M&A and capital markets arenas. We believe his international experience will be an excellent fit for an international firm such as ours.”

Locke Lord launched in London in February this year with an eight-partner team mostly from Salans (7 November 2011). It has since added a number of partners covering areas including corporate, employment and insurance from a mixtures of firms including US rivals and Salans.