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Shearman jumps on infrastructure PE bandwagon with Bakers hires

Baker McKenzie infrastructure PE duo Tim Sheddick and Katie Hicks have joined Shearman & Sterling in London, the latest in a series of moves to US firms in this space. Sheddick has been with Bakers since 1999 and was made a partner in 2006. One of his key clients is Macquarie, which he advised in […]

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher hires from Orrick to boost energy practice

Orrick partner Matthew Williams is to join Fieldfisher, where he will co-head the firm’s energy and natural resources practice. Williams spent over three years at Orrick, where he co-headed the firm’s energy practice in Europe. He was previously a partner at Hogan Lovells, which he joined in 2011 following an in-house counsel stint at National […]

Hong Kong

Dentons adds Bird & Bird litigation team in Hong Kong

Dentons‘ Hong Kong office has hired a five-strong team from Bird & Bird to expand its litigation practice. The team joining Dentons is led by partner Richard Keady, who headed Birth & Bird’s international dispute resolution group in Asia Pacific, and consists of partner Robert Rhoda and three associates. Keady has spent the past 18 […]

Bates Wells lures Penningtons team to boost regulatory group

Penningtons Manches’ professional regulation team has moved over to Bates Wells (formerly Bates Wells Braithwaite) in a move that sees four lawyers switch over to the City firm. The team is led by partner Nicole Curtis, who was called to the Bar in 1992. She joined Penningtons in 2003 and became a partner in 2010, […]

Shard

Ropes real estate duo decamp for Greenberg Traurig

Ropes & Gray partners Partha Pal and Carol Hopper are to join Greenberg Traurig’s London office, The Lawyer can reveal, where they will join the firm’s real estate team. Pal spent three years at Ropes after a short stint at Chadbourne & Parke and sixteen years in the London, New York and Singapore offices of […]

London

White & Case’s City rampage continues with finance hire

White & Case has continued its hiring spree in the City, this time calling in Taylor Wessing’s financial services regulatory head Jonathan Rogers. This is the first US firm Rogers has worked at, having spent 10 years at Taylor Wessing, and seven years as an associate at Hogan Lovells before that. His practice specialises in […]

London

Squires former City chief parts ways with firm after leadership reshuffle

Squire Patton Boggs‘ former London managing partner is to leave the firm, months after it was revealed that the firm’s global head would be relocating from the US to the City. Litigator Robert Weekes stepped down from his leadership role in April, as Squires’ global managing partner Stephen Mahon relocated to London to take over. […]

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Simpson Thacher makes major infrastructure PE play with Clifford Chance hire

Clifford Chance infrastructure M&A star Amy Mahon is joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s City office in yet another departure from the magic circle firm’s private equity group. Mahon’s exit follows that of Brendan Moylan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year, along with Allen & Overy infrastructure finance partner Conrad Andersen. After Moylan, Mahon was […]

Alison Levitt QC

Mishcon white collar star switches back to the Bar

Mishcon de Reya’s head of white collar crime and investigations Alison Levitt QC is moving out of private practice for a new role in the Bar. Levitt will resume her full-time practice as a Silk, having founded Mishcon’s white collar group in 2014 when she joined from the Office of Public Prosecutions. She will join the […]

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DWF takes on Clydes reinsurance co-head ahead of IPO listing

In its biggest pre-listing lateral hire to date, DWF has brought in Clyde & Co partner and global co-head of reinsurance David Abbott. Abbott joined Clydes as part of the 2012 merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert having started work there in 1998. It is thought that he will not have to serve his full […]

Dubai

Reed Smith rebounds from Middle East setback with two hires

Reed Smith is beefing up its Middle East practice with two new hires, only one month after its regional managing partner exited to open HFW’s fifth Middle Eastern office. Commercial disputes partner Mahmoud Awad will join the firm’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices from Hadef & Partners, while Waseem Khokhar will take on a role […]

Simmons & Simmons

Freshfields partner moves over to Simmons’ CLO team

Simmons & Simmons has recruited Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner James Grand to lead its practice focused on collateralised loan obligations (CLO). Grand has joined the structured finance and derivatives practice of the firm, having been promoted to partner at the magic circle firm in 2007. He joined Freshfields in 1995. His arrival follows Simmons’ expansion of […]

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Ince exits continue as more details of tie-up emerge

Ince & Co offshore energy duo Renaud Barbier-Emery and Jonathan Goldfarb have become the latest partners to leave the firm as it prepares for its reverse takeover by AIM-listed Gordon Dadds. The pair are joining Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein’s London office as partners. They will be joined by several members of junior legal staff who […]

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White & Case joins fight for Paris talent with Orrick team hire

A team from Orrick’s French operations are to decamp for White & Case’s burgeoning corporate practice, the latest development in a spate of activity in the Paris market. Saam Golshani, Orrick’s co-chair of European restructuring and head of its Paris M&A and private equity group, is leading the move to White & Case. He has spent […]

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Hogan Lovells Brussels head swaps over to Baker Botts

Baker Botts has made further moves in Europe, with the hire of Hogan Lovells’ Brussels managing partner Matthew Levitt. Levitt joins Baker Botts after almost 17 years at Hogan Lovells where he focused on transactional, advisory and contentious EU and UK competition law. He has particular expertise in the shipping, ports, oil and gas, industrial manufacturing and […]

Ashurst

Ashurst hones in on project finance with White & Case hire

Ashurst has nabbed White & Case partner Matthew Wood for its Africa-specific project finance practice, ending his 16-year stint at the US firm. Wood has been drafted in by Ashurst to lead the firm’s operations in the region and will relocate from the UAE to the London office. He has spent his entire career at White & […]

Robert Dedman

King & Spalding goes in-house for latest white collar hire

KIng & Spalding has hired a former lawyer from the Bank of England in a bid to grow its UK investigations practice, a year after bringing on board a partner from the Financial Reporting Council to kickstart operations. Robert Dedman is joining the US firm’s London office as a partner after over a year as a […]

Struggling Ropes pivots to litigation with hire from Akin Gump

While Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and White & Case have showed a consistent trajectory, many other firms have been more stop-start. Take Ropes & Gray, which launched in 2010 and whose star flared brightly for several years, attracting lawyers from firms ranging from Weil Gotshal & Manges, Travers Smith and Cadwalader.  The last […]

Singapore

Addleshaws new Asia head makes first partner hire since BLP exit

Addleshaw Goddard‘s new regional head of Asia Pacific Bob Charlton has set out the firm’s renewed strategy for the region as he seeks to turn it into a major player in the East. Principally, Addleshaws is aiming to have double-digit partner headcount in AsiaPac by 2021 across its two offices with the firm focusing along […]

Connecticut

Akin Gump bets big on transatlantic offering with four-partner hire

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has snared a four-partner financial restructuring and global debt team from Morgan Lewis, in a move that reunites them with their former Bingham McCutchen colleagues. The hires include two heads of practice, with Morgan Lewis’ City transactional finance head Thomas O’Connor joining Akin Gump in London. Partner trio Renée Dailey, Christopher Lawrence […]

Osborne Clarke reels in Bird & Bird’s UK tax head

Bird & Bird’s head of UK tax Mathew Oliver has joined Osborne Clarke’s London office; the latest in a string of new recruits to the latter’s City operations. Oliver has been at Bird & Bird since 2005, joining as a partner from Lovells where he was an associate for three years. He was a tax […]

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White & Case pursues London capital markets growth with Kirkland hire

White & Case has snagged yet another partner for its London practice, this time from the global capital markets team at Kirkland & Ellis. Gilles Teerlinck joins the firm’s capital markets practice after almost six years at Kirkland, where he made partner in 2016. He previously spent three years at Linklaters, where he was a […]

Ince loses insurance chief amid merger talks

Ince & Co’s global head of insurance Joe O’Keeffe has departed for Stephenson Harwood, just two weeks after it was revealed that Ince had entered into merger talks with Gordon Dadds. Insurance partner O’Keeffe, who specialises in trade, shipping, yachts and superyachts, joined Ince in 1991 and was made partner in 2000. During his time at the firm, […]

Michael Bywell

Hausfeld makes first foray into TMT sector with disputes hire

Hausfeld has added its fifth commercial litigation partner, as the boutique continues to offer a broader range of capabilities alongside its sweet spot in competition disputes. The boutique has hired partner Michael Bywell from Arnold & Porter, who specialises in litigation across the TMT sector. He joined Arnold & Porter in 2016 prior to its […]

Hong Kong

Clydes sets out HK growth plans with two new joiners

Clyde & Co has reshuffled its international heads with its managing partner for Abu Dhabi moving over to take charge in Hong Kong. Abu Dhabi head Christopher Jobson will move over from the Middle East to Hong Kong, taking up a regional management role and sitting on the firm’s Asia Pacific management board. Jobson is […]

London

White & Case responds to Latham’s infra push with HSF hire

White & Case’s hiring spree in the City continues, with the US firm picking up Herbert Smith Freehills infrastructure finance partner Simon Caridia. Caridia joins from HSF, where he has been a partner since May 2015. He is the 13th partner to join White & Case laterally in London in 2018. Prior to HSF, Caridia was […]

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Greenberg partner rejoins KWM colleagues at DLA Piper

DLA Piper has lured Greenberg Traurig tax partner Clive Jones away from the US firm, in a move that reunites him with his former King & Wood Mallesons colleagues. Jones opted to move to Greenberg Traurig at the end of 2016 as it became clear that KWM’s London arm was close to falling into administration. […]

Deepa Deb

Dentons grows London real estate with BCLP hire

London-based real estate partner Deepa Deb is swapping one merged firm for another, leaving Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner for Dentons. Deb, who was featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2015 was at legacy BLP for 15 years before the merger with Bryan Cave this year. During her time there she acted as chair of the India group and led the BLP […]

Düsseldorf

Dentons hires Taylor Wessing duo for Germany launch

Dentons is to open its fourth German office in the city of Düsseldorf, recruiting two partners from Taylor Wessing for the launch. Taylor Wessing’s former head of competition, EU and trade, Andreas Haak, will serve as managing partner of the new office. Alongside partner Jörg Karenfort (currently based in Dentons’ offices in Berlin and Brussels), Haak […]

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Latham to lose corporate partner to Baker Botts

Baker Botts is set to snag a partner from Latham & Watkins‘ corporate finance practice, in the latest lateral move to be made by the US firm in the City. Latham partner Richard Brown is the second corporate partner that Baker Botts has set its sights on in the last few months, with David Ramm joining in September […]

London

Morgan Lewis continues City hiring spree with two new joiners

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has added two new technology partners to its London office, as its hiring spree in the capital continues. The US firm has brought on Pillsbury partner Mike Pierides and counsel Simon Lightman, who joins as a partner. Pierides will be a member of Morgan Lewis’ corporate practice, specialising in IT and […]

New York City

Kirkland ramps up New York recruitment with Davis Polk hire

Kirkland & Ellis has recruited corporate rising star Sophia Hudson in New York, luring her from fellow US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. Hudson spent 12 years at Davis Polk, working within the capital markets group. She was made partner in 2014, alongside corporate partner Byron Rooney and London partner Reuven Young. At the time, Young was […]

Reed Smith in Middle East setback as regional head joins HFW

Reed Smith‘s Middle East strategy has taken a hit just three months after announcing a Pinsent Masons team hire, with the firm’s regional managing partner exiting to open HFW‘s fifth Middle Eastern office. HFW will open up a new office in Abu Dhabi; the hires of Reed Smith regional managing partner Vince Gordon and corporate […]

DWF hit in Scotland by Shepherd & Wedderburn team hire

On the day that DWF announced it had broken into the US legal market, the firm’s Scottish practice has been dealt a blow with the loss of a nine-lawyer team to Shepherd & Wedderburn. Property and infrastructure partners Joanna Hamilton, Anthony McEwan and head of planning Moray Thomson will join the Scottish independent firm bringing […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Fried Frank finally gets its man from Freshfields

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has finally sealed the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Ashar Qureshi, also handing a leadership role to the M&A partner. Qureshi will be joining the US firm’s City office as head of its EMEA transactions practice, specialising in equity and debt securities work as well as sovereign-related transactions. He joined the […]

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Mayer Brown fills tax gap with new partner hire

Mayer Brown has added former Nabarro partner Simon Rose to its tax practice in London, nearly a year after the departure of its lead City partner to Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Rose joins Mayer Brown as its third tax partner in London. He started his career at SJ Berwin in 1994, working there until leaving to […]

Edinburgh

Addleshaws parts ways with Scottish private client practice after team defection

Over a year into its Scottish merger, Addleshaw Goddard has lost a ten-strong private client team to independent firm Morton Fraser. The head of Addleshaw’s private client team in Edinburgh, Gregor Mitchell, will move across to Morton Fraser, alongside legal director Euan Fleming and a team of eight consultants, solicitors, paralegals and executive assistants. The defection comes […]

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Slaughters finally seals hire of former SFO director David Green QC

Slaughter and May has finally confirmed it has hired former Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director David Green QC as a senior consultant. Sources had claimed conflict issues were causing a hold up in the firm’s high-profile hire, but Slaughters has said Green will not work on matters in which he was involved while at the SFO. Green’s […]

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Orrick grows PE team with Simpson Thacher and Milbank duo

Orrick’s City office has offered partnership to two private equity lawyers from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to bolster the firm’s efforts in this area. James Connor and Daniel Wayte join from Simpson Thacher and Milbank respectively, and have been brought in to add bench-strength to Orrick’s London private equity practice and add […]

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Dechert nabs Paris finance team from Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has lost a five-lawyer real estate and finance team to Dechert’s Paris office, as the recruitment market continues to heat up in the French capital. Dechert partner Privat Vigand is leading the team’s move to Dechert, along with four associates – Guenaëlle Taroni, Antoine Periat, Fanny Roiena and Pauline Keller. Vigand has been at […]

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Morgan Lewis loses corporate partner to Baker Botts

Baker Botts has snagged a corporate partner from Morgan Lewis & Bockius’ London office, three weeks after the latter brought in a trio of M&A partners from Herbert Smith Freehills to boost operations. David Ramm is joining Baker Botts after four years as a partner at Morgan Lewis. He moved over to the firm in 2014 […]

London

Sidley exits continue as finance partner joins Vinson

Sidley Austin‘s spate of exits continues in the capital, with capital markets partner Noel Hughes the latest to take on a new role at US firm Vinson & Elkins. Noel Hughes joined Sidley Austin as a partner in 2016, after a four-year spell as an associate at Paul Hastings. Prior to this, he was an […]

Chamberlain

DWF employment chief moves over to Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke has added two new partners to its City employment team, including DWF’s national head of employment Andrew Chamberlain. Chamberlain joined DWF in 2014 after nearly two decades at Addleshaw Goddard. In his practice, he advises FTSE 100 employers on processes such as services agreements and termination. He also covers employment nuances in M&A […]

Baker McKenzie

Sidley’s former City chief moves back to his old firm

Baker McKenzie has lured back former partner Matthew Dening, months after he stood down from his role as Sidley Austin’s London office head, The Lawyer can reveal. It is 14 years since Dening left Bakers for Sidley; Dening trained, worked and was promoted at Bakers in 2001 where he became a member of its derivatives team. […]

Gherkin

From PSL to partner: Kirkland breaks new ground with Weil hire

In a rare move for a US firm in London, Kirkland & Ellis has hired a professional support lawyer as a partner to drive growth in its increasingly busy restructuring practice. Kate Stephenson joins Kirkland as a partner, having worked at Weil Gotshal & Manges for four years as a PSL in the restructuring team. […]

RBS

RBS disputes head exits bank for White & Case

White & Case has hired an in-houser from the Royal Bank of Scotland’s legal team, as the US firm continues to add to its litigation practice in the City. RBS’ litigation head Laura Durrant will join White & Case‘s London office as a partner. She leaves her role as head of litigation and investigations at RBS […]

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank veteran leaves in-house role for Shearman

Shearman & Sterling has hired Deutsche Bank’s former co-general counsel Simon Dodds to its London office, after he left the bank earlier this year. Dodds joins Shearman’s financial institutions advisory and regulatory practice as of counsel. He was in-house at the bank for nearly two decades, having been appointed to the role of UK and […]

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