BLP tempts partner duo from DLA Piper, Dewey

DLA Piper, Dewey” />Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has raided Dewey Ballantine and DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary for two new partners.

As first reported on (6 October), the firm has appointed Dewey partner Jonathan Simpson as head of the firm’s new international projects team, which will form part of the finance department.

In his new role, Simpson will also become a member of BLP’s international strategy committee and will help the firm to develop its overseas strategy.

Simpson’s clients include Central and Eastern European governments, Citibank, JPMorgan, Nomura and the Royal Bank of Scotland. BLP hopes that Simpson’s appointment will help the firm’s projects practice, which is predominantly domestic, to win more overseas mandates.

Simpson has been a partner at Dewey’s London office for approximately four years. Before that he practised at Allen & Overy.

Simpson resigned last week to join BLP as a senior equity partner. He left Dewey on 7 October and is expected to join BLP later this month.

Meanwhile, the DLA Piper partner, David Hughes, is joining BLP to head the firm’s banking litigation team.

A specialist in representing financial institutions, Hughes has also advised on disputes involving capital market structures and has investigated financial irregularities and money laundering issues. He acted in the leading House of Lords case concerned with the assessment of damages in negligent valuation cases.

Hughes told The Lawyer: “BLP has an excellent reputation with financial institutions and a superb litigation team, and I’ve been brought in to add to the expertise in assisting banks to resolve disputes and also for regulatory issues. I feel the firm will support me in what I want to do.”