Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is set to start its recovery in the City with the hire of corporate partner Anthony Riley from Norton Rose.
Riley advises on M&A and joint ventures and has a focus on the energy sector. He advised Trinity Mirror on its acquisition of Guardian Media Group’s (GMG) regional media business alongside corporate partner Chris Pearson (22 February 2010).
On the energy side, he acted for Abu Dhabi energy investment company Masdar on the London Array wind turbine project in the Thames Estuary, a joint venture with E.ON (27 October 2008)
He has previously overseen deals for energy clients including RWE Innogy.
The move is understood to be part of a broader push in the City by the US firm following a spate of key departures, with further hires expected to be imminent.
European co-head of restructuring and insolvency, Mark Fennessy, and fellow restructuring partner Hazel Miller quit to join US rival Dewey & LeBoeuf in September. Dewey then approached four other lawyers and a paralegal (21 September 2011).
Martin Scott, the head of corporate at Norton Rose, said: “We can confirm that Anthony is retiring from the practice, and we wish him all the very best for the future. Our M&A practice in the UK remains strong, with more than 120 lawyers including over 40 partners.”