SJ Berwin PE partner Harris switches to Hogan Lovells

SJ Berwin private equity partner Ed Harris has quit for Hogan Lovells, a year after the two firms advised Duke Street on a cash injection into the Parabis Group.

According to an internal memo sent to Hogan Lovells staff this morning, Harris will work with the firm’s global co-head of private equity Alan Greenough and corporate partner Tom Whelan.

Harris advised longstanding SJ Berwin client Duke Street on its stake in Parabis, while Hogan Lovells banking partner Stuart Brinkworth, who joined the firm from SJ Berwin in 2010, advised banks RBS, Lloyds, Santander and Ares (6 February 2012). Neither firm commented on whether his move came about from this deal.

Harris has been a partner at SJ Berwin since 2007, two years after he joined the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. During this time he has worked for some of SJ Berwin’s major clients, including Terra Firma and Pantheon.

He advised Terra Firma on the acquisition of residential property company Annington Homes in November (21 November 2012) and Pantheon on various issues, including its investment into Arle and the subsequent £64m purchase of 29 per cent of Candover Investments’ managed assets (13 December 2010).

Earlier this year SJ Berwin partners voted to combine with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the first ever tie up between two major UK and Asian Pacific firms (31 July 2013). The tie-up is set to go live next month.

The firm is yet to agree a start date.

SJ Berwin did not comment at the time of writing.