A&O’s Wickenden heads to Hong Kong to steer US securities practice

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) London-based capital markets partner Jim Wickenden has moved to Hong Kong to steer the firm’s US securities practice.

The move comes months after the firm lost US capital markets lawyer James Grandolfo, who was the firm’s regional head of the Asia Pacific international capital markets, to US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy (30 October 2013).

Wickenden was head of capital markets at legacy Herbert Smith, where he developed the firm’s US securities capability, before he resigned for A&O in 2011 (4 October 2011). He joined with US-qualified Adam Wells, a partner in the firm’s corporate division who has remained in London. 

Last year the office saw one of its former partners, David Kidd, join Linklaters as its first head of Asia restructuring and insolvency practice (3 September 2013).

Kidd left A&O in September 2012, around the same time as a number of other partner departures, including senior litigation partner Angus Ross who joined Ashurst’s Hong Kong office (7 September 2012) and corporate partner Jeremy Hunt who moved to Morrison & Foerster (3 October 2012).

The office has lost a number of partners to US firms in Hong Kong, including partner Ashley Young and senior associate Douglas Murning to Kirkland & Ellis in 2011 (9 August 2011) and seven partners to Latham & Watkins in 2008 (10 October 2008). 

An A&O spokesperson insisted that Wickenden’s move was “temporary” and would span “months”, but refused to divulge further details on why he been relocated.