People moves

A five-strong team of banking partners has left Latham & Watkins’ New York office to join Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

Marc Hanrahan
Marc Hanrahan

Move of the week

Among the arrivals is the former co-chair of Latham’s global banking practice Marc Hanrahan, who has been appointed as Milbank’s global head of leveraged finance. Partners Ronan Wicks, Marcus Dougherty, Patrick Flanagan and Lauren Hanrahan join him in the global leveraged finance team and will all be based at the firm’s New York office.

Between them, the group has worked with some of the most high-profile names in global finance, including Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Milbank chairman Mel Immergut said: “These attorneys bring an exceptional level of experience to Milbank, having handled some of the most significant lending transactions in recent years.”



Rosenblatt Solicitors has taken on corporate partner James Klein. He joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was also a partner.

Finers Stephens Innocent has taken on Simon Lovell as a partner in its corporate department.

He joins from Taylor Wessing, where he was a partner in the firm’s finance group.

Darren Isaacs has joined US firm Bryan Cave as counsel in its London office. Employment lawyer Isaacs joins from Linklaters, where he was also counsel.

West End firm Howard Kennedy has hired James Wingfield as a solicitor in its litigation department. He joins from LG, where he was an associate and gained seven years of experience in commercial litigation.


Howes Percival has promoted three solicitors – John Bradshaw, Joanna Nicholls and Catherine Shaw – to the position of director in its Norwich office. Bradshaw, whose practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious insolvency, has been with the firm since 2004. Property lawyer Nicholls has been with the firm since 2000 and Shaw, who works in its civil intervention and asset recovery team, joined Howes Percival in 2005.

Geldards has taken on employment partner Ginny Hallam. She joins from Berryman, where she was a partner and head of employment. The firm has also promoted commercial lawyer Ian Thomson to partner in Nottingham, and private client lawyer Helen Downes to partner in Cardiff.



Manchester firm Pannone has hired Pinsent Masons partner Nicholas Dobson as a senior consultant. Dobson, who began his career as a teacher before becoming chief solicitor at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, was national head of local government law at Pinsents.

Manchester firm Ralli has promoted James Reilly and Farhanah Ismail to partner. Both are personal injury lawyers, specialising in road traffic accidents and accidents at work. The firm has also promoted Tracey Horton, Maria Penny, Sarah Anyon and Jenny Stevenson to the position of associate.


Bryan Cave has taken on employment counsel Steffen Goerres in its Hamburg office. He joins from Heisse Kursawe Eversheds, where he was also counsel.

Baker Botts has hired Hogan Lovells dispute resolution partner Dominic Pellew as a partner in its Moscow office. Akin Gump has also hired a Hogan Lovells Moscow partner. Corporate partner Suren Gortsunyan will join the US firm’s international corporate transactions practice in Moscow.



Jones Day has hired Cynthia Cwik and Craig Mordock as partners in its California offices. Cwik, who was previously a partner in the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins, joins Jones Day as a partner in the firm’s San Diego office. She becomes a member of the firm’s product liability and tort litigation practice. Mordock, who was a partner in the Orange County office of Bingham McCutchen, is now a partner in Jones Day’s Irvine office. He joins the M&A practice.

Allen & Overy’s New York office has hired capital markets partner Ed De Sear as a partner in its international capital markets group. De Sear joins from Bingham McCutchen in New York.

His practice focuses on both the domestic and international asset-backed securities markets, and he has acted on a number of transactions

in Latin America and Turkey.


Dougherty Quinn has taken on Annemarie Hughes as a senior associate in its corporate and commercial department, specialising in trusts, pensions and insurance. She joins from Appleby, where she was also a senior associate.


The bar

Katherine Tween and Victoria Webb have joined Old Square Chambers as junior members. Both have just completed their pupillages with the set.

Construction and professional negligence silk David Sears QC is to take up tenancy at 4 New Square. Sears, who has been a member of Atkin Chambers since 2007, took silk in 2003. 


Deutsche Telekom has taken its new head of legal from Ashurst’s Frankfurt office. Claudia Junker, until now a corporate partner with Ashurst, will replace Axel Lützner in the Deutsche Telekom role.

The Welsh Rugby Union has named FA senior solicitor Rhodri Lewis as its head of legal affairs. Lewis takes over the top job from Mike Jeffries, who died after being diagnosed with cancer last year. Lewis was appointed senior solicitor at the

FA in November 2009.