OC hits 100 UK partners with Speechlys restructuring hire

Osborne Clarke (OC) has swelled its UK partnership headcount to 100 after signing up its eighth City partner this year in the shape of Speechly Bircham restructuring specialist Keith Bordell.

Keith Bordell
Keith Bordell

Bordell will join OC tomorrow (1 May) as London head of restructuring and insolvency after moving to Speechlys as a partner from Travers Smith, where he was head of corporate recovery, in 2011 (4 November 2011). He was previously a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner, leaving the partnership for Travers in 2002 (18 March 2002).

The hire means OC will now have 100 partners across its London, Reading and Bristol bases, following seven partner hires in the City since the start of 2013.

OC’s overall restructuring and insolvency practice is headed by Nigel Boobier, with Bordell also set to work alongside associate Natasha Sheridan, a recent hire from Dundas & Wilson.

Boobier said in a statement: “Keith’s appointment significantly strengthens our London-based restructuring team, which has a growing reputation amongst corporate and banking clients. Keith’s extensive experience and reputation in the market will add to the strength and depth of our offering both in the UK and beyond.”

OC recently recruited IP litigation partner Lorna Brazell from Bird & Bird, following six 2013 hires including Eversheds UK corporate head Mark Spinner (27 February 2013).

Speechlys is currently in talks with Withers about a merger that would create a £170m firm (25 March 2013).

Meanwhile, OC has appointed its first-ever lawyer to the counsel role with the addition of Ferdinando Pinto, a professor of administrative law at the Naples’ Università Federico II. It has also bulked up in Cologne with by hiring real estate partner Ruediger Bonnmann from German firm Luther, where he was a partner.