Ropes & Gray beefs up finance with Freshfields hire

Cox, who is expected to join the US firm in March, will bring the total partner headcount in the London office to five following last month’s capture of Weil Gotshal & Manges restructuring partner Tony Horspool.

The office was set up in October 2009 by former Freshfields and White & Case finance duo Maurice Allen and Mike Goetz.

Speaking about Cox’s appointment, Allen said: “He has a mixed practice acting for private equity houses and on the bank side. He’s a good fit with us and a very populr guy. Clients like him and associates like him.”

Cox had worked alongside Horspool at Weil before joining Freshfields.

Ropes & Gray is continuing to build its London offering, with the firm focusing its attention on its banking and finance practices in particular.