McKennas go for growth

McKENNA's new managing partner Robert Derry-Evans has unveiled plans to expand the firm at home and abroad and improve the running of the London office.

The City firm is to expand its corporate and finance sections, build up the Warsaw office and encourage London staff at all levels to elect representatives to attend monthly consultation meetings.

The firm is concerned that it is seen as a series of uncoordinated niche practices. “We are going to squash that myth once and for all,” says Derry-Evans.

“I would like to see it recognised for its corporate finance, banking, project finance and mergers and acquisitions work.”

Recruitment is already under way with the appointment of partner Michael Draper from Turner Kenneth Brown. Further appointments could be made later in the year.

The firm is also to expand its Warsaw office with the recruitment of up to five Polish lawyers to be co-ordinated by partner Robert Windmill.

Derry-Evans says: “Poland is about to start a major privatisation programme and expansion now is the right strategy.”