Bryan Cave boosts UK office with Davenport Lyons partner

US firm Bryan Cave is edging its way towards offering a full UK law capability with the recruitment of its second local partner – this time from Davenport Lyons.

Anthony Fiducia, Davenport Lyons’ head of company and commercial, is joining the Missouri-based firm’s London corporate finance and securities group, boosting the office to 10 partners and 13 other lawyers.

Fiducia’s appointment marks a turning point in the practice’s recruitment drive in London, which began a year ago when City firm Druces & Attlee lost its head of company commercial Charles Attlee to the firm.

In London Bryan Cave specialises in international tax planning, private client, corporate commercial, international trade and employment work.

Resident London partner Harold Blatt says: “Anthony is a general corporate commercial partner and will help expand our practice. Many of his clients are in the media industry, and he is our first corporate commercial partner involved in the media business.”

Fiducia is being replaced at the helm of the Davenport Lyons department by company and commercial partner Michael Hatchwell.

Blatt says that the firm plans more London hires, but he has no fixed figure in mind.

“It’s only in the last year-and-a-half that we have decided to follow a strategic plan to become much bigger here. We want to expand our corporate business and we will expand in specialist areas like intellectual property and litigation,” he says.

Bryan Cave, which has 16 offices across the US, the Middle East and Asia, has also taken on Stephenson Harwood senior associate Sarah Linton as of counsel.

She will head a new UK employment group, which Blatt says is an increasingly important area of corporate support for clients.

London is the only European office of Bryan Cave’s 600-lawyer firm.