McDermott names new London head as Nineham retires

McDermott Will & Emery London head Hugh Nineham will retire at the end of March, making way for newly-appointed Andrew Vergunst.

Vergunst will take over from Nineham at the start of April, with the latter retiring from the firm after eight years. Nineham joined McDermott as its European and London corporate head in 2008 from legacy Lovells.

In his new role, Vergunst will continue his private client fee-earning work while leading the London office through the next phase of its development, as it seeks to grow in corporate and private client.

Last year, McDermott increased its global revenue by 2.2 per cent to $899.8m but did not promote any London partners. This came after a City trio were made up in 2014 in corporate, private client and tax.

Vergunst joined the firm’s London office in 2009 from Maitland’s City base.