Former ‘flying squad’ member quits Camerons for Edwards Wildman

CMS Cameron McKenna’s international head of private equity Ted Cominos is to leave the firm to become a partner in the Chicago office of newly merged Edwards Wildman.

Ted Cominos
Ted Cominos

Cominos joined Camerons less than two years ago along with partners Graham Conlon and Alexandra Florea, plus associates John Faurescu, Cristina Proca, Anela Musat and Gokce Kilic (14 April 2010).

The seven-strong team had been part of Linklaters’ CEE ‘flying squad’ until 2007, handling privately backed M&A transactions in central Europe and emerging markets. Cominos then worked for London-based private equity house Ethemba Capital, which he joined Camerons from.

At Camerons, Cominos has been based in Chicago, but has travelled extensively to push the firm’s private equity presence across all emerging markets.

Laurence Harris, deputy managing partner and partner in charge of the London office of Edwards Wildman, said: “Cominos is an impressive addition to our firm’s highly regarded private equity practice. We’ve already recruited five new partners to the firm’s offices on both sides of the Atlantic so far this year.

“This is an exciting time for Edwards Wildman.”

Camerons senior partner Dick Tyler said: “Ted’s leaving to join US firm Edwards Wildman Palmer in Chicago, where his family are based. We wish him well in his new role.”

Edwards Wildman Palmer recently posted its first post-merger financial results showing an 18 per cent increase in total revenue from $297.9m to $352.7m in 2011 (29 February 2012).

Edwards Wildman Palmer was formed on 1 October last year by the merger of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge and 150-lawyer Chicago firm Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon (15 August 2011). Earlier last year Edwards Angell also merged with Washington DC telecoms boutique Fleischman and Harding (2 February 2011).