Ashurst finance partner defects to Paul Hastings’ City arm

Ashurst finance partner Ugo Giordano has quit the firm for Paul Hastings’ London base just over two years after joining the UK firm from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Giordano, who focuses on capital markets, leveraged and acquisition finance and structured finance, joined the US firm’s City office yesterday (2 July) as a partner in the corporate department.

He joined Ashurst from Dewey in Italy in March 2010, splitting his time between London and Milan (18 February 2010).

During his time at the City firm it launched a second Italian office in Rome with another Dewey hire (4 March 2011) and, earlier this year, bulked up its Milan practice with a corporate team hire from domestic firm Pavia e Ansaldo (12 April 2012).

A string of City partners left Ashurst last year, but this spate has died down, with projects partner John Inglis’s move to Shearman & Sterling the only other London resignation to emerge this calendar year (10 January 2012).