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McDermott Will & Emery’s 2012 results revealed a dip in profit but a rise in revenue, with global profit per equity partner dropping 2.7 per cent to $1.46m while gross revenue bumped up 3 per cent to $851m.

But the firm is clearly in expansion mode with 54 lateral partner hires in 2012, more than double that of the previous year, according to the firm’s annual global performance data.

The increase in lateral hires was partly boosted by the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf in 2012, a breakdown that triggered a hiring frenzy among US firms.

In Europe, for example, McDermott hired Dewey & LeBoeuf private equity duo Mark Davis and Russell Van Praagh for its London office, as well as a capital markets team, led by partners Philipp von Ilberg and Joseph Marx, from Dewey’s Frankfurt base.

Other hires in Europe included senior KPMG tax partner Tom Scott to the head of its London tax department and Weil Gotshal & Manges public law specialist Sabine Naugès, Jones Day of counsel Jacob Grierson and a team of three senior lawyers from Orrick Rambaud Martel to bulk up the firm’s Paris offering.

While McDermott does not break its financial results down by office, London managing partner Hugh Nineham said there was “a careful and deliberate growth initiative under way”, with private equity continuing to be a key area of focus.

Key mandates for the City office last year include advising the owner of Pom-Bear crisps, Intersnack Group, in its acquisition of Hula Hoops maker KP Snacks.

Briefings from McDermott Will & Emery

  • European Commission to settle half its cartel investigations in 2013

    In a speech delivered at the College of Europe in Bruges on 14 January 2013, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Commissioner responsible for Competition, stated that the Commission hopes to settle around half of its outstanding cartel investigations in 2013, using the settlement procedure instituted in July 2008.

  • New EU counterfeit goods regulation

    On 24 January 2013, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee of the European Parliament endorsed a new Regulation setting out customs procedures for goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights.

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7 Bishopsgate
London
EC2N 3AR
UK

Jurisdiction: US
No. of offices: 2
No. of qualified lawyers: 35