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The London office of US firm Kaye Scholer has left arch-rival Schulte Roth & Zabel with only one lawyer in its London tax practice after poaching associate Daniel Lewin as a partner.
Lewin, who focuses on specialist investment funds and other investment vehicles, joins Kaye Scholer in mid-July, bringing the number of partners there to five.
Tim Spangler, head of global investment funds at Kaye Scholer, said: "Daniel's been very active in the hedge fund industry. He's familiar with doing the sort of funds work we do on a transatlantic basis and at a very high level."
London managing partner Guilherme Brafman said Lewin, who speaks fluent German, will work alongside the firm's Frankfurt-based tax practice as well as the tax lawyers based in the US.
Brafman added that Lewin's addition is part of a continued growth strategy that will also see the finance practice boosted, although there is no specific timeframe for this.
Schulte joint London managing partner Daniel Shapiro would not comment on whether Lewin will be replaced directly, adding that Nick Fagge remains as a senior tax associate. Shapiro said the firm had added to its corporate hedge fund practice, with associates Nina Moaddel and Robert Laurie joining from Weil Gotshal & Manges and Sullivan & Cromwell respectively.