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Landwell, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) tied law firm, is taking on a Baker & McKenzie Chicago partner to target US work out of London.
M&A partner Jonathan Wilson is moving back to the UK after eight years in the US. He is dual qualified. He will spearhead an aggressive drive to source more work from PwC's practice in the US. He will handle both corporate commercial and M&A work, as well as focusing on a burgeoning restructuring practice. At Baker & McKenzie his clients included Koch Industries, Jordan Industries, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Wendy's and ITT Cannon/PEI-Genesis. He will aim to gain leverage off relationships he already has with two former Baker & McKenzie tax partners who left to join PwC in Washington a few years ago - Bob Dilworth and Chip Harter. Wilson said: "PwC's tax network and corporate network in North America throws off an enormous amount of legal work. Even two or three years ago I felt strongly that the MDP [multidisciplinary partnership] model was the way things were going. Clients don't want to go out and instruct five sets of advisers - MDPs are a very clean way of removing the costs of duplication." In London, Wilson will work closely with corporate partners Simon Walker, Sarah Holmes and Leon Flavell, who is head of the department. Holmes already has a focus on building up the restructuring practice. Wilson is qualified in both the UK and US, and so will target PwC's US practice alongside Paris partner Eric Fleury, who is dual qualified in the US and France. Flavell said: "During the past five years we've had quite a lot of work out of the US, but we need somebody to be spending time on the US relationships and making sense of all those leads. It is part of a wider initiative across Landwell to build up US inward investment work."