Jones Day snaps up GE and Shearman & Sterling trio for cross-Atlantic M&A practice

Jones Day has announced that three partners, two from General Electric (GE) and one from Shearman & Sterling, are set to join the firm’s M&A practice in its London and New York offices. 

GE’s UK general counsel Benedict O’Halloran will join in London, while GE executive counsel for M&A George Flemma and Shearman & Sterling’s Latin America practice head Michael McGuinness have joined the firm’s New York office. 

O’Halloran was the general counsel for European transactions and UK at GE for over five years, leading European M&A activities for GE’s industrial businesses while also serving as GE’s UK legal head. He worked for the company from 2002 onwards as senior counsel, and this role at Jones Day will mark his first job at a law firm for 14 years. 

Flemma most recently held the role of executive counsel for M&A, leading the worldwide transaction activity of GE’s oil and gas sector for nine years. Before that role, Flemma was a senior associate at Shearman & Sterling for nine years.

McGuinness arrives from the New York office of Shearman & Sterling where he was the leader of that firm’s Latin America M&A practice for over five years. He was formerly employed at GE in a number of roles including general counsel for sensing and inspection technologies.

Jones Day’s M&A head Bob Profusek said that the three partners’ experience would allow the firm to drive innovation in client service. 

This announcement comes days after the high-profile appointment of Ropes & Gray London partner Jonathan Bloom, who specialises in corporate and finance transactions, with particular emphasis on high yield debt offerings (1 September 2014).