Lateral hires

Latham finance partner exits for Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings is to bring in a leveraged finance partner from Latham & Watkins’ City office, The Lawyer can reveal. Partner Adrian Chiodo has been a member of Latham’s finance department since 2011. He was previously a partner at Australian outfit Gilbert + Tobin, and prior to that an associate at Milbank and legacy Allens Arthur […]

White & Case

White & Case boosts high yield team with Cravath hire

White & Case is adding a new high yield partner to its German ranks, this time by taking on a specialist from Cravath Swaine & Moore. The US firm has picked up Yannick Adler, who is European counsel in Cravath’s London office. As part of the move, he will become partner in the firm’s Frankfurt […]

Jones Day partner moves over to Addleshaws

Addleshaw Goddard has brought in a Jones Day partner to boost its leveraged finance team, as the UK firm continues to add more lawyers in London. Ewen Scott joins the firm’s City practice after three years at Jones Day. Prior to this he spent seven years at Ashurst, making partner in 2016, having begun his […]

Will Glassey

Mayer Brown disputes partner switches back to HSF

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has lured over Mayer Brown‘s London head of insurance, after a 21-year career at the firm. Will Glassey joined Mayer Brown in 2000 from legacy Herbert Smith, and was made up to partner two years later. His practice is largely made up of professional negligence cases, often defending claims against solicitors, […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland targets funds rival Simpson Thacher for new hire

Kirkland & Ellis has raided rival private equity giant Simpson Thacher for funds specialist counsel Amy Fox. Fox, who joins as a partner, is now the fourth lawyer at senior associate or counsel level to join Kirkland as a partner so far this year and the sixth in less than 12 months. Fox’s clients include […]

Allen & Overy

A&O hires from Latham to boost high yield

Allen & Overy has hired a new high yield partner in its London office, following recent exits to US firms. The magic circle firm has taken on Brad Weyland, who until now has been a counsel in the London office of Latham & Watkins. Weyland has spent his entire career at Latham, which stretches back […]


Dentons funds partner exits for Paul Hastings

Paul Hastings has taken on the UK head of Dentons’ private funds practice, the latest lateral joiner for the US firm’s London office. Paul Hastings has hired investment funds lawyer Ted Craig, who spent about two years at Dentons. He previously spent more than five years at funds-focused outfit MJ Hudson; he was also a […]

Senior GE Capital lawyer departs for Jones Day

The general counsel for capital markets at GE Capital, the financial services division of the energy giant, has joined the London office of Jones Day. Hannah Ward leaves the business after more than three years, the past two of which she spent as general counsel for the international capital markets part of GE Capital. At […]


White & Case boosts disputes group with A&O hire

A partner from Allen & Overy’s litigation team is moving to White & Case, with both firms seeing multiple exits and arrivals since the start of 2021. Lawson Caisley is leaving the magic circle firm after nearly a decade. He joined in 2012 from Hogan Lovells, where he had been for 20 years. At A&O, […]


Ashurst fintech partner moves to Jones Day

A partner in Ashurst’s finance practice, as well as the founder of its fintech accelerator, is moving across to Jones Day. Abradat Kamalpour will join Jones Day’s financial markets practice, initially in London, and then relocate to the firm’s San Francisco office. He has been at Ashurst since 2008, having previously been a partner at […]

Stephenson Harwood’s HK spin-off launches City office

Hong Kong firm MB Kemp, which was set up by a team that left Stephenson Harwood’s regional base last year, has expanded internationally with three new offices. MB Kemp’s new London operations will be spearheaded by partner Marco Pocci, who left Stephenson Harwood’s Hong Kong office after a brief stint of less than two years. […]

Hong Kong

Former DLA Piper China chair joins PRC firm

Former DLA Piper China chair and capital markets veteran Liu Wei has joined PRC firm Jingtian & Gongcheng’s Hong Kong office with three other senior lawyers. Liu Wei’s move to Beijing-headquartered Jingtian & Gongcheng comes after a 15-year tenure at DLA Piper. He was instrumental in building up the firm’s Greater China business, especially in […]

Former Goodwin corporate tech partner joins VC firm

Goodwin Procter’s former tech corporate partner Adrian Rainey has landed a new role at investment firm Balderton Capital. The Lawyer revealed at the beginning of June that Rainey had left Goodwin, having joined in 2019 as part of a swoop made by the US firm for four life sciences and tech partners from Taylor Wessing. […]

Quinn boosts City office with Brown Rudnick partner

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has strengthened its London ranks with the hire of a partner from Brown Rudnick. Ravi Nayer makes the move to the disputes specialist less than two years at Brown Rudnick, where he joined from Pinsent Masons in January 2020. His practice is built around collective action matters, and one of […]

Former White & Case Asia PE head resurfaces at Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong office has added two partners, including former White & Case private equity partner Peggy Wang who left the US firm nearly two years ago. Peggy Wang will join Norton Rose Fulbright along with new partner Victor Sim, who was previously a counsel in White & Case’s debt finance and restructuring […]

Freshfields M&A partner to exit firm

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Alison Smith is to leave the firm, after 16 years in its corporate department. Promoted to partner in 2015, Smith was billed as one of Freshfields’ rising M&A stars having acted on Anheuser Busch InBev’s mega £78bn deal with SABMiller, Comcast’s high-profile bidding war for Sky with 21st Century Fox and […]


Freshfields tax partner exits for Latham

Latham & Watkins has hired its latest partner out of the magic circle, this time a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s tax team. The US firm’s London office has recruited Helen Lethaby, who has been a partner at Freshfields since 2005. She qualified in 1997. Lethaby advises on the tax aspects of transactions, with a […]


Kirkland expands Paris office with new Willkie joiner

Kirkland & Ellis has hired a funds lawyer from Willkie Farr & Gallagher, in a practice area-first for the firm’s French operations. Willkie associate Raphaël Bloch is joining Kirkland as a partner in Paris. He has been at Willkie for over four years, joining the Paris team from King & Wood Mallesons and having trained […]

Gherkin Kirkland

Kirkland expands funds group with associate-to-partner hire

Kirkland & Ellis has boosted its London investment funds group with the hire of a new partner from Goodwin. Alan Skerritt, an associate at Goodwin who trained at Clifford Chance, will join Kirkland as a partner. His hire closely follows that of Macfarlanes senior associate Ed Prestwich, a lawyer who is understood to have been […]

HSF hires former Linklaters partner in Middle East refresh

Linklaters’ former head of energy, infrastructure and project finance in the Middle East is moving to Herbert Smith Freehills, The Lawyer can reveal. This hire coincides with HSF refreshing its strategy in the region to focus on energy and infrastructure, with Sarosh Mewawalla joining as a partner in HSF’s Dubai office. Mewawalla’s experience in the […]


Greenberg launches City media practice with Facebook hire

Greenberg Traurig has launched a UK entertainment and media practice through the hire of an associate general counsel at Facebook. Neil Miller joins the firm in London from his role as director and associate GC for music (international) at Facebook. At Greenberg, Miller will focus on digital media and technology matters, with a focus on […]

Shearman bulks up in leveraged finance with Milbank hire

Shearman & Sterling is boosting its City leveraged finance ranks with a new hire, this time from Milbank. The US firm has recruited special counsel Rahul Chatterji, who will join as a partner to help develop the practice. The addition comes as the firm recently brought in Sanjeev Dhuna from Allen & Overy. An expert […]


Clifford Chance partner heads to new firm

A finance partner from Clifford Chance has left the firm after 20 years for a new role. Antony Single will join the asset finance team at New-York-headquartered firm Pillsbury. Single advises on financing with a focus on the aviation and defense space and when it comes to airline restructurings and workouts. At the magic circle […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Partner trio depart Memery Crystal in wake of acquisition

Fladgate and BDB Pitmans have hired partners from Memery Crystal in the wake of its acquisition by RBG Holdings. The firm’s head of tax Alex Barnes has joined BDB Pitmans as of this morning, while Fladgate has hired two litigators, real estate litigator Adam Gross and commercial disputes lawyer Joel Seager. At the same time, […]

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, BCLP

BCLP secures new City lateral from Orrick

An M&A partner from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is to join Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), as the firm presses ahead with London hiring after a spate of exits. Partner Jinal Shah will join the merged firm after more than 13 years at Orrick. A corporate expert advising on M&A and PE deals, he became […]