Cadwalader builds litigation and corporate

New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is taking on two new partners to boost its corporate and litigation departments.

The new partners are Kenneth Freeling, an intellectual property (IP) litigator who is currently the chief executive officer at Cicero Communications, and Baker & McKenzie corporate securities partner Richard Nevins.

The move to strengthen the two key groups comes just weeks after two partners left the firm’s New York office to join Allen & Overy in the US. David Frauman and Ken Coleman were both insolvency lawyers (The Lawyer, 30 April), but managing partner and chairman Robert Link says that corporate and litigation are now among the firm’s top priorities.

He says: “Ken joins us in our litigation department and brings with him an IP specialism to that group, where we have a great need for high-tech litigators. Richard is the same kind of story on the M&A side, they are both top notch lawyers.”