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Marconi's former global general counsel Jeff Gordon has gone back to his roots after rejoining his former firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw
Gordon, who is due to start at Mayer Brown today (6 January), will return as an equity partner in the corporate department. Gordon's re-emergence in private practice coincides with the departure of Valerie Gentile Sachs, the US-based senior legal counsel at Marconi, who took over the running of the global department in March last year. Gentile Sachs left the telecoms group, which is currently in the throes of finalising a massive restructuring plan, in December to join a Cleveland-based company. It is understood that Mary Skelly, a non-lawyer who is Marconi's US-based company secretary, has now assumed responsibility for the global legal department, including the 10-strong UK capability. Gordon, who left Mayer Brown & Platt for Marconi in 1999, was instrumental in helping broker the ultimately successful merger talks between his former firm and Rowe & Maw. Mayer Brown's head of real estate Jeremy Clay said: "Before joining Marconi, Jeff was a corporate lawyer so he'll be bringing a number of good contacts with him."