US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has added Hogan Lovells partner Mark Donald to its London finance practice.

Mark Donald
Mark Donald

Weil London head Mike Francies said the hire was evidence of the firm’s growing reputation in the market.

“Coupled with the associate team we’re building, [it] shows the depth of our commitment to the London finance practice,” he added. “Mark will also be working closely with the private equity funds and transactional teams as well as the restructuring group as part of our long-term growth plans.”



GQ Employment Law has added two new lawyers to its ranks. Sophie Vanhegan joins as a senior associate from Linklaters, where she was an associate. Caroline Baker joins as an associate from Slaughter and May, where she was also an associate.

Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its banking and finance capabilities with the appointment of partner James Dakin. He joins from Nabarro, where he was a partner in the firm’s banking finance and restructuring group.

US firm Morgan Lewis has added Tracy Evlogidis as a partner in its London labour and employment practice. She joins from Speechly Bircham, where she was a partner. She brings associates Nick Hobson and Gemma Goodhead with her.

Bracewell Law has taken on Gareth Pope as a solicitor in its commercial litigation team. He joins from Mayer Brown, where he was also a solicitor.

Lewis Silkin has appointed Christopher Hitchins as a partner in its employment, reward and immigration team.

He joins from Morgan Lewis, where he was a partner and group leader of the labour and employment practice in the London office.


Corporate law firm BHW has promoted two property lawyers to partner – Kate Chorley and Bev Merrell.

South West

Temple Bright has welcomed Craig MacLeod, formerly a partner at Semple Fraser in Glasgow, as a partner in its property team.

North East


Muckle has added Gail Marshall as an associate in its corporate real estate team and Jonathan Bone as a solicitor in its development team. Marshall

joins from Hay & Kilner, where she was an associate, while Bone joins from Dickinson Dees.


Maclay Murray & Spens has hired litigation partner David Scott from McGrigors. He joins the firm’s construction and engineering team, having been a partner at McGrigors.


Maples and Calder has added Laurence Hanley to its finance group as an associate. He joins from Clyde & Co, where he was also an associate.

German independent Graf von Westphalen has hired Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Malte Hiort as a partner. He will launch the firm’s Düsseldorf office.

Allen & Overy has strengthened its German capital markets practice with the hire of Berthold Kusserow as a partner. He joins from Linklaters, where he was also a partner.



Pillsbury has added three insolvency and restructuring partners to its New York office. Deryck Palmer, Andrew Troop and Christopher Mirick arrive from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, where Palmer was co-chair of the firm’s financial restructuring department and Troop and Mirick were partners.

Paul Hastings has hired Kevin Poloncarz as a partner in its San Francisco environmental and energy practice. He joins from Bingham McCutchen, where he was a partner and co-chair of the firm’s climate change practice.


Reed Smith’s former Hong Kong head of finance John McGuinness has returned to the firm on a consultancy basis after a seven-year hiatus. McGuinness, who ran the firm’s Hong Kong finance group for 14 years before leaving to pursue a number of business ventures, will head its aircraft and asset finance group in London.

Kennedys has added Nicholas Blackmore as registered foreign lawyer in its Hong Kong office.

He joins from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where he was a senior associate.

King & Wood has hired Ren Yunling as a partner in its Beijing IP practice. She joins from Johnson & Johnson, where she was a senior in-house patent counsel.


Serle Court silk Peter McMaster QC is joining Appleby as a partner in the Cayman Islands. McMaster will become a member of Appleby’s litigation and insolvency group. He was called to the bar in 1981 and was appointed a QC in 2008.


US-based International Lease Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of American International Group, has appointed Hooman Yazhari as general counsel. Yazhari most recently served in the position of head of legal at gategroup, a Zurich-based provider of inflight catering.

The Bar

XXIV Old Buildings has welcomed a new silk in the form

of Robert Levy QC. He joins from New Square Chambers.