1) His nickname is ‘Ping’ on account of the rather fetching pair of braces he can be seen wearing at all times.
2) He managed Linklaters’ Central and Eastern European offices between 1999 and 2003.
3) He had a central role in the negotiations when that practice broke away last year to form Kinstellar, the firm he has now joined as a consultant.
4) While at Linklaters, he stood for managing partner in 2007 when Tony Angel stood down, but was beaten to the top job by Simon Davies.
5) He has a small tattoo of Angel on his ankle.
Ok, so we made up that last one. But Eastwell’s move to Kinstellar is fascinating nonetheless, not least because it signals that the breakaway firm he helped create is in expansive mood.
It has been busily hiring former Linklaters lawyers, including banking partner Charles Dunn who signed up earlier this month.
Now, with Eastwell at the helm of a new London office, Kinstellar looks to be turning itself into not just a Linklaters offshoot but also an outfit with a growing number of friends across the City.
Eastwell, never one to be short of energy, is looking to turn it into the referral firm in the CEE.
Rivals – brace yourself.
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