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Lovells is ramping up its transatlantic contentious insolvency practice in New York and taking on a partner from boutique litigation firm Corbin Silverman & Sanseverino.
Marc Gottridge, who has been a partner at Corbin Silverman for 15 years, will join Lovells as of counsel. He specialises in fraud-related litigation, particularly relating to insolvency.
In New York he will work closely with Lovells insolvency and insurance litigation partner Gary Lee, who joined the office in 1998 from Barger & Wolen.
Gottridge experience includes acting on substantial bankruptcy cases, such as representing Canadian group Semi-Tech, the parent company of Singer, which was a complex insolvency with creditors and debtors in a number of countries.
Gottridge says: "For me it's a great fit to join Lovells. I'm able to continue with what I'm doing but take it on and assist this firm, which has a great international practice in this."
He will spend considerable time working with London partner Jeremy Cole, who specialises in asset tracing and commercial fraud.
Cole says: "We have brought Marc in to really complement Gary Lee. It reflects the work that this team has been doing over the past few years on transatlantic litigation work. The work we have done, both out of the insolvency side and the fraud and asset recovery side, has had very strong US links.
"It's good to get someone in New York with good litigation experience, and his focus is going to be on international financial fraud and asset tracing. He will be working with our team in London, and he's really an adjunct to what we have in London."
Lovells has four partners in the London team handling insolvency litigation, asset recovery and commercial fraud work - Cole, Cary Kochberg, Keith Gaines and Christopher Grierson.