Bracewell & Giuliani launches in London with Cleary raid

The much-anticiapted launch of the London office of Bracewell & Giuliani has gone ahead after the Houston firm raided Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s City offering for two associates.

Adam Mozel, an capital markets lawyer, has been made London managing partner of Bracewell, the firm of Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani. Mozel brings with him his Cleary capital markets colleague Conor Funston, who joins Bracewell as an associate.

Mozel, who also spent time at Allen & Overy, has expertise in offers originating in developing markets, which squares well with Bracewell’s strategy in the CIS.

Mozel and Funston will work closely with new capital markets lawyer Botagoz Zhakipbayeva. They all will work closely with partner Robb Trett in New York, who came from Linklaters last year, to form Bracewell’s new global ECM team.

Up until now, former Slaughter and May associate Martin Hunt had officially been Bracewell’s London managing partner, despite spending most of his time in New York.

Mozel and Funston join Jason Marett in the London office. Marett, who moved from Dewey Ballantine this year, had been the lone qualified lawyer in the office despite being just one-year qualified, as exclusively reported in The Lawyer (14 May).

The official opening of the office had to be pushed back when one team Bracewell approached for the launch, to be led by White & Case partner Peter Epp, declined the offer.

Cleary confirmed the moves but declined to comment.