White & Case boosts London partnership with Skadden hire

Christian Pilkington, who was counsel at Skadden, has joined White & Case as a partner. He joins a London team of 12 lawyers that includes partners Stephen Phillips and Mark Glengarry.

“Christian’s strong experience in complex restructurings and insolvencies and his deep industry contacts will add to our capabilities, continuing our commitment to deliver high-quality execution to  our clients,” said Phillips.

Glengarry said he had worked opposite Pilkington on a number of restructurings and looked forward to working with him at the firm.

“He promises to be a great asset who’ll help drive our business forward,” Glengarry added.

Last  year White & Case advised on the restructuring of more than €50bn (£45.3bn) in debt  facilities, including the €900m restructuring of Sanitec; WIND Hellas, the largest ever pre-pack administration in UK history; and the restructuring of $1.7bn (£1.14bn) facilities of Kuwait’s Global Investment House.

The news comes after White & Case has suffered a series of defections from across its global network. Earlier this week Silicon Valley partner Bill Coats left to set up an office for Kaye Scholer (1 March 2010); New York-based global IT chair Steve Betensky resigned and is believed to have joined Latham & Watkins (24 February 2010); competition partner Elaine Johnston left for Allen & Overy (15 February 2010); mining head Tanneke Heersche left for Canadian firm Fasken Martineau (22 February 2010); and a series of partners defected to Latham & Watkins (8 February 2010).

A Skadden spokesperson said of Pilkington: “We wish him well.”