Bryan Cave scores partner brace to grow London…

Bryan Cave has continued the recent growth spurt in its London office with the hire of two partners, including the head of Pinsent Masons‘ City corporate tax group Mark Cawthron.

Cawthron, formerly at Pinsent Curtis Biddle before it merged into what is now Pinsent Masons, led the firm’s corporate tax group for more than 10 years.

The brace of hires also includes the managing partner of US firm Holme Roberts & Owen’s London office Martha Collins Rolle.

Rolle, whose broad practice covers finance and a range of media and entertainment matters, is best known as the lawyer to the Anschutz Entertainment Group. She was one of the leading negotiators for Anschutz when it acquired the rights to redevelop the Millennium Dome as a 20,000-seat sports and entertainment arena.

Bryan Cave London managing partner Anthony Fiducia said Cawthron’s arrival filled “the last of the skill set gaps” in the firm’s City office.

He said Bryan Cave had “significant corporate tax expertise” in the London office prior to Cawthron’s hire, but that it resided with partners in the firm’s corporate and commercial practices.

“Mark’s arrival will give us dedicated corporate tax expertise to assist in the complex affairs of our international client base,” Fiducia added. “Martha will be a great asset to the [finance] group.”