Freshfields partner Donald Guiney quits for Baker & McKenzie

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Donald Guiney is to join Baker & McKenzie after 16 years at the magic circle firm.

US-qualified Guiney, who joined Freshfields in 1997, will join the firm’s London capital markets group as of counsel in September and will not be bringing anyone over with him. He specialises in international debt, dealing mainly with the American law aspects of transactions.

Guiney recently advised Russian oil group Rosneft as it raised €3bn (£1.87bn) to finance its $55bn buyout of TNK-BP (11 December 2012). He advised alongside Moscow capital markets and finance head Mikhail Loktionov and London capital markets partner Peter Allen all acting on the deal, while Linklaters acted for the underwriters.

Freshfields regularly acts as counsel to Rosneft, having advised the Russian state-owned oil giant on its proposed share swap agreement with BP (17 January 2011) and its subsequent $3.2bn agreement with ExxonMobil (31 August 2011) last year.

Baker & McKenzie’s London head of capital markets, Edward Bibko, said in a statement that Guiney’s client focus fits the firm’s EMEA platform well, adding that “capital markets work is coming back.”

Guiney was not available for comment at the time of writing.