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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher's UK head of finance Stephen Ball has left the firm after just two years to return to his former career as an in-house lawyer
Ball, formerly chief general counsel at Japanese investment bank Nomura, officially left Gibson Dunn on 31 August to become general counsel international at corporate security specialists Kroll Associates. Ball has also set up his own consultancy, through which he will join the board of a large US bank. During his time at Gibson Dunn, Ball was seconded to Flag Telecom, which recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company, worth around $5m (£3.2m) in annual fees to Gibson Dunn, took on Ball for six months as the telecoms group looked for a permanent general counsel. A spokeswoman at Gibson Dunn described Ball's departure as "very amicable". She added: "During his time here, Stephen went on secondment to Flag Telecom as he has a lot of experience as an in-house lawyer. This made him assess what he wanted to do with the rest of his career." Ball said: "I've enjoyed working at Gibson Dunn, they're lovely people." At the beginning of his tenure, Ball had hoped to build up the number of UK-qualified lawyers at Gibson Dunn. Over the past two years the firm has made just tfour lateral hires: Andrew Tho-masfrom Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Judith Shep-herd from Stephenson Har-wood, Nicholas Aleksander from Travers Smith Braith-waite and Mark Pinder from Sidley Austin Brown & Wood.