McGuireWoods names new London chief

US outfit McGuireWoods has announced a new head for its London office following in the footsteps of former Grundberg Mocatta Rakison (GMR) chief Anders Grundberg.

Philip Newhouse, who joined McGuireWoods in 2010, previously managed offices for Taylor Wessing and Haarmann Hemmelrath, serving as London managing partner of the Munich operation until 2004 and Bucharest managing partner at Taylor Wessing until 1999.

Grundberg has been heading the City base of McGuireWoods since 2009, when the US firm launched in the UK through a merger with London boutique GMR (25 March 2009), and will continue as partner in the firm’s international transactions and private wealth arm.

In a statement Newhouse laid out aims to grow the firm’s private wealth practice in the City, adding that McGuireWoods’ approach is to hire lateral partners from top tier international firms – an approach illustrated by the appointment of Norton Rose partner Simon Cox earlier this year (2 Feb 2012).