Dechert raids DLA again, taking trade head Gonzalez

US firm Dechert has hired another partner from DLA Piper, bringing on board the firm’s head of trade and government relations Miriam Gonzalez.

Miriam Gonzalez
Miriam Gonzalez

Gonzalez will head Dechert’s EU trade and EU government affairs team in London.

She joined DLA Piper in 2006, having previously served as a senior member of the cabinet for EU External Relations Commissioners Chris Patten and Benita Ferrero-Waldner. At the EU Gonzalez had responsibility for trade policy as well as EU relations with the Middle East, the US and Latin America.

She is the fourth partner to move from DLA Piper to Dechert in recent months, following the appointments of investigations partner Duncan Wiggetts (7 October 2011), joint global litigation head Neil Gerrard and EMEA corporate crime head Jonathan Pickworth.

The two firms are locked in a dispute over the terms of Gerrard’s departure, with the row expected to go into arbitration (30 September 2011).

Gonzalez said: “I believe Dechert offers an excellent platform for my practice. I am most impressed with the breadth and depth of Dechert´s regulatory expertise in London, across the EU and indeed worldwide. I look forward to working with my new colleagues at such a dynamic and extremely professional firm.”

Gonzalez’s start date is yet to be confirmed.