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William Plapinger, coordinator of Sullivan & Cromwell’s European offices and managing partner of the firm’s London office, told The Lawyer: “We're already very strong in M&A and private equity but Tim brings to us expertise in M&A under English law.
"He adds to the process that we started when we hired Vanessa Blackmore from Allen & Overy last year. Vanessa has expertise in M&A too, but with capital markets experience. Tim, meanwhile, has expertise in private equity and M&A."
Since joining Milbank, Emmerson has been involved in a number of high-profile deals including recently advising three former Misys directors on their £1bn attempted takeover of the company, advising a private equity consortium on its bid for ITV and he has had a role advising Goldman Sachs on Macquarie’s bid for the London Stock Exchange.
Goldman, along with UBS, are shared clients with Sullivan. Prior to joining Milbank, Emmerson was a partner at Freshfields for nine years. Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office is now its largest aside from New York.
Plapinger continued: "Most of our growth has been organic. We've made fewer than 10 lateral hires in history. But you can't grow that domestic law expertise."