US firm Sidley hires Linklaters partner for City team

Sidley Austin has hired Linklaters partner Stephen Blackshaw for its City corporate practice.

Blackshaw was based in the magic circle firm’s Amsterdam office before transferring to London in 2003 and is now set to join the US firm.

Sidley London managing partner Drew Scott said Blackshaw’s arrival date had not been confirmed and declined to comment on whether any additional partners or associates were making the move with him.

Blackshaw was the lead adviser to JPMorgan on its 2009 £1bn buy-out of the half of UK broker Cazenove that it did not already own (19 November 2009), as well as on the initial joint venture in 2004 in which JPMorgan bought 50 per cent of Cazenove.

He also advised Yorkshire Building Society on its merger with rival Chelsea alongside capital markets partner Richard Levy the same year (2 December 2009).

He joined Linklaters in 1989 in London and New York and became a partner in London in 1998, transferring to Amsterdam the following year. He then returned to London in 2003.

Blackshaw declined to comment.