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Macfarlanes has continued its recent uptick in lateral partner hiring by taking on Shearman & Sterling real estate specialist Clare Breeze.
Breeze will join the City firm in early July after being a partner at Shearman since 2009, when she was made up in the US outfit’s London base (15 December 2008 ).
Breeze acts for developers and investors, with clients including Stanhope, AIG and Argent Estates.
Her recruitment into Macfarlanes ’ partnership follows a recent string of hires for the traditionally lateral-shy firm, which kicked off its major real estate hiring push in 2011 by snatching another Shearman partner in the shape of former Ashurst managing partner Ian Nisse (9 September 2011 ).
Since joining Macfarlanes, Nisse has advised on real estate deals including the acquisition of Tower 42, the BBC Television Centre at London’s Wood Lane and Macmillan Publishers’ new headquarters.
Nisse said in a statement the firm was committed to being a market leader in complex real estate deals and financing.
The developments mark a significant turnaround for the firm’s real estate practice, which in 2010 was consumed by corporate, litigation and private client after previously being a standalone group. Partners Ian Ginbey and Richard Reuben left to join Clyde & Co and Fladgate respectively following the changes (4 March 2011 ).