Freshfields Asia veteran boosts Carey in London

Offshore firm Carey Olsen has lured its second magic circle partner, taking on a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer structured finance partner to head up its London corporate and finance group for Jersey work.

Mark Keeler joins Carey as of counsel from Freshfields’ Tokyo office, where he’d been for 10 years. He was in Asia since 1988, working previously at Slaughter and May’s Singapore and Tokyo operations.

Carey’s clients include HSBC and Deutsche Bank, two key clients of Freshfields.

Keeler said his move to a smaller firm, working out of London, was motivated by family reasons.

“I’d reached the magic age of 50, and that was a good time to reassess,” he told The Lawyer. “I felt 10 years was a good enough time to spend at one firm, and the Freshfields Tokyo office had matured and got a great group of younger, Japanese lawyers who should be promoted.”

According to data collected by The Lawyer, Freshfields’ Tokyo office has missed out on partnership promotions for the last four years.

Keeler is the second magic circle partner to join Carey after capital markets partner Alan Stevens joined the Jersey firm from Linklaters in 2003. Stevens also had extensive Asian experience prior to starting at Carey.