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Chris Hill's arrival today (15 January) comes just days after the merger of Pittsburgh firm Reed Smith and UK firm Warner Cranston finally came into effect on 1 January.
Hill had been with Shoosmiths since 1992, where he was an equity partner and head of the company commercial department in its Northampton office. The department dealt with a high level of M&A deals as well as a number of offshore tax-related transactions of private clients.
He is being brought in to head the corporate team in Reed Smith Warner Cranston's Coventry office.
His arrival is part of a move to expand the corporate commercial profile of the Coventry office, which has traditionally lagged behind the London office that is twice its size, both in turnover and profile.
Managing partner of the London operation Tim Foster sees Hill's arrival as a step in the right direction.
He says: "Chris is a dynamic guy, he has built up practices in the past. Now as part of our Coventry office he will build up our commercial expertise aimed primarily at the Midlands, but which will complement the firm as a whole."
The merger marks Reed Smith's first move into Europe, although it is thought to be the first step in a calculated advance,
Warner Cranston is expected to benefit from a huge increase in cross-border work, which the firm will be using as bait to attract future lateral hires.