Travers Thorp Alberga bulks up with former Herbies partner

Travers Thorp Alberga (TTA) has strengthened its corporate and funds team with the hire of former Herbert Smith partner and FourWinds Capital Management general counsel Louise Freestone.

Freestone was a partner at legacy Herbert Smith until 2008, when she joined investment management company FourWinds as general counsel. She left the company last year. 

FourWinds’ group legal team is led by general counsel Stephen Polakoff, who joined the company in Dubai in 2013.

The funds and corporate specialist was named in The Lawyer Hot 100 in 2005 (7 January 2005) after advising on a raft of major deals.

She joins TTA alongside two new senior associates, Deborah Drummond and Denise Owen. The hires bring the number of lawyers at TTA to 23, including 14 women.

TTA was founded in its current form in late 2012, when legacy Thorp Alberga enticed former Maples and Calder managing partner Anthony Travers back to practice (3 December 2012). A year later the firm merged with fellow Cayman boutique Paget-Brown (19 December 2013).

Senior partner Travers said of the latest hires: “We lead Cayman in diversity, all our relevant metrics are very positive and I’m now focused on the next stage of our development.

He added: “To date we have concentrated on Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and mainland China and now we have developed sufficient traction we are ready to bring our very particular expertise and value proposition to the more traditional markets.”

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