Linklaters beefs up relaunched DC base with Bingham tax duo

Linklaters has added two partners to its nascent Washington DC office with the hire of Bingham McCutchen tax duo David Brockway and Jasper Howard.

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The two partners join Linklaters with immediate effect following its re-launch in the US capital in November last year after a 10-year gap (28 November 2012).

Brockway has served as chief of staff of the US Congress’s joint committee on taxation, while Howard has acted as special counsel to the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.

The magic circle firm recently saw the exit of a New York team including former US chief Larry Byrne to Pepper Hamilton (21 February 2013), while this year’s partner promotions included a Manhattan duo covering banking and investment management (29 April 2013).

Linklaters’ Washington DC outpost was previously staffed by tax partner Joseph Pari and antitrust partner Jeffrey Schmidt, both of whom were previously in New York. The firm is understood to have agreed to open in the capital when hiring Pari from Dewey & LeBoeuf last year, while Schmidt had previously been commuting to New York from the city (3 December 2012).

Linklaters global tax head Henk Vanhulle said in a statement: “The appointment of David and Jasper will broaden our already strong global tax practice and reflects our commitment to deliver an integrated service to our clients in a heightened environment of government enforcement and global coordination among regulators.”