BLP picks up Norton Rose corporate star Stanier

Norton Rose corporate specialist Julian Stanier has quit the firm to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner.

Julian Stanier
Julian Stanier

Stanier is set to move to BLP on 5 November, becoming the latest in a line of big-name corporate partners to join the UK firm this year.

He joined Norton Rose in 1994 and made partner in 2004, specialising in M&A and equity capital markets. He was one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 lawyers in 2007.

He advised one of the bidders for banking software company Misys earlier this year (6 March 2012) and acts for a number of the firm’s key corporate clients.

The move follows BLP’s hire of senior Linklaters corporate partner David Barnes earlier this year (27 February 2012), followed by the recruitment of veteran Allen & Overy corporate specialist Alan Paul (24 April 2012).

BLP corporate finance head David Collins said in a statement: “Julian will be a valuable addition to the corporate finance team. His wealth of transactional experience will reinforce our leading reputation in the corporate mid-market, whilst supporting our on-going efforts to secure greater market share of deals at the higher end. We expect him to play an important role in building our portfolio of clients and referrers of business, particularly with financial institutions.”

Stanier added: “The firm’s on-going investment in its corporate practice is impressive, and I welcome the opportunity to work with the team to help realise its ambitious growth plans for high value, international ECM and M&A work.”

Stanier’s exit from Norton Rose follows the departures of a number of London partners in the past year, with corporate partner Simon Cox joining McGuire Woods (2 February 2012), litigator Antony Dutton leaving for Dechert (5 January 2012) and corporate specialist Anthony Riley moving to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (25 November 2011).

A Norton Rose spokesperson said in a statement: “We can confirm Julian is retiring from the practice. We wish him all the very best for his future career. Our corporate practice in the UK remains strong, with around 150 lawyers and more than 40 partners.”

For more on BLP’s corporate expansion, see City analysis