White & Case boosts Frankfurt/London with dual hires

White & Case has raided Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges to boost its London and Frankfurt finance groups.

The New York-based firm has hired Weil Gotshal equity partner Tom Schorling in Frankfurt, focusing on acquisition finance especially in the private equity arena with clients such as Texas Pacific and CSFB Private Equity.

At the same time, White & Case has boosted its London presence with the hire of Alan Rockwell as a banking and capital markets partner. Rockwell was previously a managing associate at Linklaters.

Both will add experience to the US firm’s European leveraged finance and acquisition finance capabilities.

The hires boost White & Case’s London leveraged finance team to 65 fee-earners and the Frankfurt finance group to 12 partners and counsel and 16 associates.

Schorling became an equity partner at Weil in 2000. Before that he spent five years at the Cologne, Frankfurt and Prague offices of Gaedertz. He is set to join White & Case on 4 September.

Recent deals include acting for Cerberus on its acquisition of German advertising companies Deutsche Städte Medien and Deutsche Eisenbahn-Reklame and Texas Pacific and CSFB Private Equity on their purchase of Grohe, the bathroom fittings manufacturer.