Howrey left with one City partner as Kirkland swoops

Howrey’s London office has been reduced to only five lawyers following the departure of partner Shaun Goodman and counsel Sarah Jordan to Kirkland and Ellis’s City base.

The pair specialise in EU and UK competition law, including cartel investigations, mergers and antitrust. They have worked with big-name clients such as British Airways and American Express.

Goodman, who was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton before joining Howrey in February 2010 (2 February 2010), recently advised Lafarge on its $2.8bn joint venture with Anglo American, and Euronext on its $20bn merger with the New York Stock Exchange.

“Shaun’s antitrust, competition litigation and regulation experience are valuable assets for our US, European and UK clients and enhance our already strong global antitrust platform,” said Kirkland chairman Jeffrey Hammes.

The departures leave Howrey with only one partner in its City office – litigator John Evans. The remaining four lawyers are associates Rooey Aker, Hertta Hyrkäs, Arabella Myerson and Collette Rawnsley.

As reported in The Lawyer this week, Winston & Strawn is in negotiations to acquire 40 per cent of Howrey’s remaining partners while also negotiating purchasing the rights to the Howrey brand (28 February 2011).