Nomura lawyer joins Cadwalader

Nomura International has lost the head of its transactions legal department, Tom O' Riordon, to the London office of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.
O'Riordon, who is a barrister by training, will join the firm at the beginning of July as a senior special counsel. He will work with Stephen Mostyn-Williams, head of the London and international banking and finance practice, who joined the firm in March (The Lawyer, 18 March) and James Croke, head of international capital markets in London.
The hire is part of a move by Mostyn-Williams to concentrate on the continuing growth of Cadwalader's capital markets team in London. The new appointment will take the capital markets team to 14.
Mostyn-Williams has also made a series of senior associate hires across the board, including M&A, property finance and leveraged finance.
At Nomura, O'Riordon heads all of the in-house legal teams – capital markets, derivatives, structured finance, corporate and investment banking – which assist the Japanese bank on all aspects of its global fixed income, equity and investment banking work. Nomura has used Cadwalader on various transactions in the past, both in the UK and the US. The Lawyer understands that O'Riordon's new position will strengthen relationships between the two parties.
It is not the first time that Nomura has lost in-house lawyers to private practice. Corporate finance lawyer Graham Muir resigned from the London office in November 2001. He joined Norton Rose's Hong Kong office (The Lawyer, 26 November 2001).