US firm Katten Muchin swipes Hogan Lovells PE team in London

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  • Just looked up Leanne. Impressive list of deals, and she's been a Berwiner for NINE YEARS!! How? They are.

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  • Over the years I've seen Leanne have her soul progressively sucked away by SJB ... almost. She's also maintained a bright disposition, but that place is a drain on people with even the rosiest of outlooks. I'm sure that the move will be re-energizing and be the right platform for her.

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  • Why is she walking away from partnership?

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  • Huge loss to that team. They'll survive obviously, but you can't easily replace a home-grown, 7 year PQE associate who not only has the technical capability but who also is so highly regarded internally.

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  • Leanne's a joy to work with. I salute her for her time at SJB, and wish her the best of luck with everything.

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  • Lovells has always had the problem that, as a mid-market firm, the stars will leave for MC or US firms. This has been happening for years and years, eg Jonny Myers (to CC) and Marco Compagnoni (to Weil), etc.

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  • Only SJB haters could gatecrash an article that is NOT primarily about SJB!! Katten Muchin, fear not, we heard the bit about you growing your PE practice!

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  • This shouldn't be a forum for appraising Leanne Moezi. It goes without saying that she is a good and experienced PE lawyer. Instead, the focus should entirely be on WHY she left when she seemingly had good partnership prospects there, why so many associates left in the months before her, and what on earth is going on over at SJB to cause this resentment.

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  • "KWMSJB" - what a ridiculous name for a firm and an even more ridiculous acronym.

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  • Odd that Philip Watkins is taking two associates with him. I didn't think his practice was big enough.

    Looking forward to Ed and Leanne joining the firm.

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