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Quinn Emanuel recruits competition partner from Covington

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has boosted its partnership ranks in London, adding a competition lawyer from Covington & Burling. Elaine Whiteford is moving to Quinn’s City operations and is a barrister with experience in contentious EU, competition and regulatory work, specialising in damages litigation. Most recently she acted on the LCD cartel litigation, including […]

O’Melveny down to six partners in London after lawyer exit

O’Melveny & Myers has lost a third City partner in less than a month, with financial regulation lawyer Eve Ellis joining Ropes & Gray. Ellis, who specialises in financial services regulation, first started at O’Melveny in 2007 as counsel in its investment funds group. She has moved back and forth over the last twelve years, […]

Omega Poole

Mishcon hires new real estate finance partner from US firm

Mishcon de Reya has broadened its consultancy services offering with the hire of real estate special situations partner Omega Poole from Brown Rudnick. Poole will join Mishcon’s real estate finance group, where she will offer a new debt advisory service, assisting clients throughout real estate transactions, from sourcing of debt to completion. Between 2003 and […]

Stewarts adds firepower in tax disputes with partner hire

Stewarts has brought in three new lawyers, including one partner, to boost its tax litigation and investigations team. James Le Gallais has joined the firm as a partner from Peters & Peters. He already has significant instructions in commercial tax litigation, including the multi-million-pound action against funding company Ingenious Media. Le Gallais will bring expertise […]

Macfarlanes

Ropes restructuring partner resurfaces at Macfarlanes

Ropes & Gray restructuring partner Peter Baldwin has resurfaced with a new role at Macfarlanes, in what is the City stalwart’s third lateral hire this year. Baldwin left Ropes last year and will join Macfarlanes at the start of June, where he will focus on special situations and distressed transactions. He worked in Ropes from […]

Shard

Dechert tax partner leaves firm after just two years

Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie is switching over to another US firm in London, in a move that will reunite her with former colleagues from Kirkland & Ellis. Scobie, who left Kirkland for Dechert in 2017, is moving across to Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s London office, where she will work with Kirkland alumna Claire McDaid, […]

Charlotte Hill

Taylor Wessing plugs regulatory gap with Covington hire

Taylor Wessing has hired a Covington & Burling partner to lead its financial services and competition group, following the exit of previous head Jonathan Rogers to White & Case. Charlotte Hill will fill the seat left empty by Rogers, the firm’s former head of financial services regulatory. He left Taylor Wessing last November for the […]

Norton Rose

Norton Rose Fulbright reels in Hogan Lovells rail partner

Norton Rose Fulbright has snapped up Hogan Lovells‘ former co-head of rail and shipping, making him the firm’s second City partner hire in a week. Simon Gwynne focuses on asset finance and structured finance involving aircraft, rolling stock, telecoms equipment and shipping. He joined Hogan Lovells from Linklaters in May 2011, alongside the magic circle […]

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Second Akin Gump partner heads for Dechert

Dechert has brought in a second partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in as many weeks, following on from the recruitment of funds lawyer Thiha Tun at the end of last month. Akin Gump partner Sarah Smith will join Dechert’s finance practice. She leaves amid a boom in Akin Gump City figures, with […]

Andrzej Mikosz

K&L Gates’ Warsaw corporate team exit for Taylor Wessing

As many of the US firms look to pull out of the CEE region or shrink their practices, Taylor Wessing has taken the opposite approach with a team hire from K&L Gates’ Warsaw office. The UK-headquartered firm has hired partner Andrzej Mikosz in Poland, a corporate and capital markets lawyer who joined K&L Gates in […]

Clifford Chance fills infrastructure PE gap with OMERS hire

An alumnus of Clifford Chance‘s private equity group has rejoined the firm as a partner, plugging a gap left by Amy Mahon and Brendan Moylan who both left for US firms last year. Toby Parkinson is returning to the magic circle firm from Omers Infrastructure, where he was a director in its legal team. His […]

Proskauer City partner joins flood of global exits to Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis has taken on a funds partner from Proskauer Rose’s London office, a day after securing a 20-strong team hire from its rival’s Los Angeles operations. Andrew Shore, who is making the move to the Gherkin, has been a partner in Proskauer’s fund team since 2017 when he was promoted. News of the […]

O’Melveny loses City funds duo to Akin Gump

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is hiring two funds partners from O’Melveny & Myers ahead of the latter firm’s proposed tie-up with Allen & Overy. The Lawyer can reveal that Aleksander Bakic and Daniel Quinn are joining Akin Gump as its first dedicated UK-qualified private equity funds partners in the City. Akin Gump currently […]

Eversheds targets telecoms with senior real estate hire

Eversheds Sutherland has made a timely hire one year on from the introduction of the new Telecoms Code, taking on Fladgate’s head of real estate litigation and telecommunications specialist Thekla Fellas. Fellas joins Eversheds on 1 April to build a team around her specialism in “Telecoms Code” disputes. Her appointment follows the controversial Electronic Communications […]

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DWF makes first post-IPO hire in real estate finance

DWF has made Dentons partner Brendan Slack the firm’s first lateral partner hire as a listed entity as it looks to capitalise on the momentum generated from Friday’s float. Banking and finance specialist Slack spent four years at his previous firm, having joined in March 2015 from legacy Speechly Bircham – now Charles Russell Speechlys […]

Thiha Tun

Akin funds partner resurfaces at Dechert

Funds partner Thiha Tun has left Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for Dechert’s City office, the latest in a number of lateral hires for the firm. Tun is a former Bingham McCutchen partner, and was previously at Herbert Smith Freehills where he made partner in 2005. When Bingham was on the cusp of its […]

Mishcon recruits K&L Gates’ City competition head

K&L Gates has lost its London antitrust and regulation group head Neil Baylis to Mishcon de Reya, as the latter ramps up its lateral recruitment in the City for 2019. Baylis joined K&L Gates in 2002 after starting off his legal career at Clifford Chance. He then moved to Ashurst as an associate in 1996, […]

Aldgate

Paul Hastings targets infrastructure with key Hogan Lovells hire

US firms are ramping up their efforts to secure infrastructure talent in the City, with Paul Hastings the latest outfit to recruit a corporate partner with a focus on the energy and natural resources sector. The Lawyer can reveal that Hogan Lovells partner Steven Bryan is leaving Hogan Lovells for Paul Hastings’ City office. It […]

Amy Jacks, DLA Piper

Mayer Brown’s City hiring spree continues with DLA duo

DLA Piper’s global restructuring co-chair Michael Fiddy is joining Mayer Brown along with the firm’s UK head of restructuring Amy Jacks, The Lawyer can reveal. Fiddy is a DLA veteran of 24 years, making partner in 2002, while Jacks is a DLA lifer and Hot 100 alumna who made partner seven years ago and has made […]

PwC

Noerr snaps up five-strong team from PwC

German firm Noerr has snared a five-strong team of fee-earners in Prague from PwC Legal, including its local managing partner. Bořivoj Líbal, who led PwC Legal’s Prague office for more than three years, will lead Noerr’s Czech Republic outpost alongside current managing partner Barbara Kusak, who has spent her entire career at the German firm. […]

Dentons

BCLP loses its second real estate partner to Dentons

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has lost its second real estate partner in six months, with the departure of Bonnie Calnan to Dentons. Calnan was at legacy BLP for 13 years before its merger with Bryan Cave in 2018. She follows in the footsteps of real estate partner Deepa Deb, also a BCLP-lifer, who left […]

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Fieldfisher hits RPC with eight-strong team raid

Fieldfisher has snapped up an eight-strong construction and projects team from RPC as it seeks to broaden its real estate practice across the country. The team includes partners Dan Preston, who headed RPC’s construction and projects division and will have a similar role at Fieldfisher, and David Thorne. Preston, who joined RPC as a senior […]

Latham capital markets partner defects to Cooley

Cooley has hired a capital markets partner from Latham & Watkins to boost one of the office’s most profitable practice areas. The firm has recruited partner Claire Keast-Butler, marking Cooley’s second corporate hire globally from another US player in a matter of days. Keast-Butler has spent over fourteen years within the London capital markets practice […]

Mayer Brown targets corporate with Hogan Lovells Asia hire

Mayer Brown has hired Hogan Lovells corporate partner Steven Tran as it continues to flesh out its corporate practice in the city. Tran was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis prior to joining Hogan Lovells in 2014 and his practice is focused largely on corporate & securities, private equity and M&A. Last year he led […]

City

Macfarlanes in rare partner loss to newly-merged UK firm

The head of Macfarlanes‘ private client property group Tristan Ward has left the firm for BDB Pitmans, which merged last year. Ward joins the firm in April and will be a partner in its private wealth department. He joined Macfarlanes in 1997 and was made a partner in 2008. He will be based in BDB […]

Shard

Beleaguered Squires set for further partner loss to Crowell

Squire Patton Boggs is to lose yet another lawyer to Crowell & Moring, making him the latest partner this year to join former London head Robert Weekes. Debt finance partner Andrew Knight is the latest defection from Squires’ London office. He has been at Squires for the past 11 years, having moved from legacy Speechly […]

Cooley hires Skadden partner for Hong Kong launch     

Cooley is in the process of expanding its Asia presence, with the firm hiring a Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner to spearhead its planned Hong Kong launch. Cooley has hired Skadden partner Will Cai in Hong Kong. Cai was made up at Skadden in 2014 and has a focus on China-related capital markets […]

Exit sign

Squires quartet part ways with firm

Four more partners have left Squire Patton Boggs’ London office, in the wake of former managing partner Robert Weekes’ move to Crowell & Moring earlier this month. UK litigation head Laurence Winston and restructuring partners Paul Muscutt and Cathryn Williams are to part ways with the firm, while Robin Baillie in the infrastructure practice is […]

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Charles Russell Speechlys snares partner duo for arts law foray

Charles Russell Speechlys is launching a new practice aimed at capturing the legal issues surrounding the art market on an international level. The practice, which will advise market players including dealers, collectors, gallery owners and artists themselves, will be spearheaded by partners Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo, who will join the firm in April from London-based […]

Hong Kong

Ropes quartet defects to White & Case in Hong Kong

A four-lawyer private equity team led by partner Daniel Yeh has left Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office for White & Case. Yeh, who joined Ropes from Weil Gotshal & Manges in 2015, is to be appointed head of PE for White & Case in Asia Pacific. He is taking a team of three; Ropes […]

DAC hires Kirkland partner to lead banking practice

DAC Beachcroft has hired Kirkland & Ellis partner Chris Wall to head the firm’s banking practice after 18 months in the US firm’s London partnership. Wall – a former Clifford Chance associate – is now tasked with leading the practice, alongside areas of both real estate finance and corporate law. His arrival follows the firm’s […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Latham hire proves US firms are on the hunt for real estate PE talent

Latham & Watkins has hired a new partner from Jones Day, making him the US firm’s latest recruit into its City private equity practice. Neil Ferguson has worked at Jones Day for 22 years, so is something of a lifer. His client list includes Goldman Sachs, China Vanke, Hansteen Holdings, Bain Capital Credit and Davidson Kempner. […]

Elle Todd, Reed Smith

Reed Smith brings in CMS digital head in effort to boost tech practice

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang digital and data head Elle Todd has moved to Reed Smith, as the firm looks to expand its tech presence. Todd was a partner at Olswang for 18 years before the merger with CMS. She spent three of those years in the firm’s Singapore office. At CMS, Todd led the Digital Academy, […]

Morgan Lewis pulls off 15-lawyer Squires raid to open Abu Dhabi office

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has completed a multi-office 15-lawyer raid on US rival Squire Patton Boggs, bringing over a seven-lawyer team in Washington DC, and an eight-lawyer team to launch in Abu Dhabi. The office will open at the beginning of March and will be the firm’s 31st office globally. It is the firm’s second UAE-based […]

Latham’s Kandel in surprise exit as MoFo makes belated London push

Latham & Watkins partner Christopher Kandel has left the firm to join Morrison & Foerster. The London-based partner has until now co-chaired the US firm’s global banking practice, acting on leverage finance and restructuring transactions. Throughout his career, he advised European acquisition financing matters, capital markets and structured loans. He recently provided legal advice on […]

Freshfields loses insurance regulation head to Mayer Brown

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer head of contentious insurance regulation Chris Chapman has moved across the City to join Mayer Brown as a partner. Chapman will start his new role on 20 March and strengthens the firm’s banking and regulatory disputes practice which was understood to have been identified has been a key part of London strategy. […]

Myles Mantle

Jones Day project finance partner finds new home

Ex-Jones Day project finance lawyer Myles Mantle is to join Haynes and Boone, having left the partnership at Jones Day at the end of last year. Mantle was one of two Jones Day project finance lawyers to leave the firm in one go. His contemporary, Nick Collins, took a job in the partnership at Baker […]

Bakers adds to M&A bench with White & Case hire

Baker McKenzie has poached another lawyer from White & Case, its fourth hire from the US firm in the space of under a year, as it seeks to pursue its transactional growth strategy. Peter Lu joins Bakers as a partner and head of the firm’s China group in London. He was previously a counsel in White […]

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Weil Gotshal replenishes PE ranks after McGonigle exit

Following the exit of several notable players in its City office, Weil Gotshal & Manges has begun to rebuild, with the hire of private equity partner Mark Thompson from Sidley Austin. Thompson is a US qualified lawyer, and joins Weil Gotshal off the back of six years at Sidley, where he was a partner in […]

McGuireWoods exits Brussels as entire team joins local firm

US firm McGuireWoods has closed its only base in continental Europe after almost 30 years, with its entire Brussels team joining Benelux firm AKD. The team joining AKD’s Brussels office consists of four partners, one counsel and four associates, as well as five other staff. The four partners are Hubert André-Dumont, Paul Van den Bulck, […]

Kathryn Cecil

Fried Frank invests in fund finance with Linklaters hire

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has hired its latest new joiner in London, bringing on board its first dedicated fund finance lawyer in the City from Linklaters. The US firm has hired managing associate Kathryn Cecil, who will join as a partner. Her arrival on Monday coincides with that of Milbank Tweed Hadley & […]

Paris

King & Spalding hires three-lawyer Ashurst team for Paris rebuild

King & Spalding has re-established its Paris real estate practice with the hire of a three-lawyer team from Ashurst led by partner Guillaume Aubatier. Aubatier has joined King & Spalding with counsel Dorian Scemama and associate Malvina Dahan in its corporate, finance and investments practice in Paris. He was promoted to partner at Ashurst in […]

London

Weil Gotshal partner exits firm for new fund venture

Weil Gotshal & Manges private equity partner Samantha McGonigle is the latest to leave the firm, with plans to set up a growth fund with a client. McGonigle leaves after nearly 13 years at Weil Gotshal, having worked her way up from associate to partner. Before Weil Gotshal, she was an assistant at legacy Lovells […]

Hong Kong

Shearman’s sole HK corporate partner exits for Hogan Lovells

Shearman & Sterling’s Hong Kong office has seen another partner exit, as its only corporate lawyer Stephanie Tang jumped ship to Hogan Lovells. Tang has joined Hogan Lovells’ corporate practice as a partner in Hong Kong. She focuses on M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions and has experience in advising Chinese companies and private […]

Hamburg

Clydes raids Ince for new Hamburg office

A total of 16 lawyers from Ince & Co’s Hamburg office are to join Clyde & Co, nearly a year after the latter announced it was launching in the German city. The team are joining four former Ince partners, who made the same move to Clydes in February 2018. However, the quartet are understood to […]

Exit sign

MoFo to hire second Reed Smith partner for City real estate venture

Morrison & Foerster is set to recruit another partner from Reed Smith to help with the launch of its London real estate practice, The Lawyer understands. Private equity real estate partner Luke Mines will join partner Oliver s’Jacob at MoFo as the firm’s first two City real estate lawyers. s’Jacob’s move was announced last week. The […]

Mishcon moves to replace Levitt with Kingsley Napley hire

Mishcon de Reya has moved to fill a gap left by its former head of white collar crime and investigation Alison Levitt QC by hiring Kingsley Napley criminal litigation partner Johanna Walsh. Walsh will join the firm on 4 February having previously worked at DLA Piper and litigation boutique Peters & Peters with a focus […]

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