Mayer Brown loses three partners as White & Case, Vinson swoop

Mayer Brown’s London office has lost three partners to US rivals White & Case and Vinson & Elkins.

Finance partners Jacqueline Evans and Lee Cullinane are leaving to join White & Case’s City office, while construction partner Nick Henchie is leaving to head Vinson & Elkins’ international construction practice.  

Cullinane joined Mayer Brown from Clifford Chance, where he was a leveraged finance partner, in July last year (13 July 2009). Evans, who had been a partner at Allen & Overy for 16 years, joined Cullinane at Mayer Brown in October 2009.

At White & Case Cullinane will become London head of leveraged finance, with Magdalene Bayim-Adomako continuing as overall head of London banking.  

“Jacqueline and Lee are excellent additions to our global banking practice, with the key qualities we want to offer our clients: technical excellence and commerciality, great client service and huge experience in complex transactions,” said White & Case global banking head Eric Berg.

White & Case also announced that on 1 January Rob Matthews will take over as head of the Western Europe, Middle East and Africa banking and capital markets team, replacing David Barwise, who is relocating to the firm’s Singapore office.

Meanwhile, Henchie has been with Mayer Brown since 1993 and made partner in 2003. He specialises in contentious and non-contentious work including contract advice, project structuring, procurement strategy, as well as arbitration work in relation to major engineering projects in Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Turkey and India.

Vinson & Elkins London-based international dispute resolution chair James Loftis,  said: “We’ve seen solid growth in infrastructure development and complex and technical construction projects, and Nick fills key strategic and leadership roles for us, bringing real depth of experience to our construction and international dispute resolution practices.”