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Jones Day bulks up in London with Ashurst and Dentons hires

Jones Day has snared two finance partners from Ashurst and Dentons following a raft of exits from its London office since the start of the year. Partner Ewen Scott left Ashurt’s global loans group last week and will join Jones Day’s banking, finance and securities practice at the end of August. He will be joined by Dentons finance partner Lee […]

Robert Darwin

Dechert revives corporate life sciences group with Hogan Lovells hire

Dechert has continued its hiring spree in London, hiring new partner Robert Darwin from Hogan Lovells. Darwin joins a growing team and is the third strategic lateral hire since April. In June, Roger Burlingame joined the firm’s global investigations and white collar crime practice from Kobre & Kim. In July, Dorothy Cory-Wright joined as head […]

CMS bulks up in Hong Kong with eight-lawyer team hire

Months after agreeing a new tie-up in Hong Kong, CMS has increased lawyer headcount in the region after snaring an eight-lawyer team from RPC. Partners Andrew Horton and Steven Wise are leading the move to CMS, which earlier this year struck up a new association with Hong Kong firm Shirley Lau & Co increasing its capacity to offer […]

London

White & Case boosts litigation practice with double-partner hire

White & Case has drafted in two new litigation partners from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. International arbitration partner David Robertson has joined the firm from BCLP, while commercial litigation partner Steven Baker will also boost the practice after his arrival from Cadwalader. Baker – whose practice focuses largely on […]

Beijing

Cooley bulks up Beijing office with Kirkland hire

Cooley is beefing up its Beijing office with newly-appointed partner Henry Yin from Kirkland & Ellis. Yin was previously a Hong Kong partner at Kirkland & Ellis, which he joined in 2014, and started his career at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s New York office in 2009. He deals with corporate matters such as […]

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Morgan Lewis poaches seven partner IP team from McDermott

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has nabbed a seven partner intellectual property litigation team from McDermott Will & Emery, who will be spread between three of its US offices. The IP hiring spree sees five of the new partners – Jeff Gargano, Krista Vink Venegas, Shon Lo, Hersh Mehta and Kevin Shortsle – take up residence in Morgan Lewis’s […]

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Latham snares restructuring duo from Sidley Austin

Restructuring duo Yen Sum and Jennifer Brennan are leaving Sidley Austin after less than two years, swapping the US firm for Latham & Watkins‘ London office. Sum decamped from Linklaters to Sidley at the end of 2016 and was quickly followed by Brennan, then a managing associate at the magic circle firm. The pair join […]

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Vannin names Fountain Court clerk as its new MD

Litigation funder Vannin Capital has hired Fountain Court Chambers deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn as managing director and he will join its London office this October. Martenstyn has spent the last decade at Fountain Court, joining in 2008 as a clerk before being named to his current role three years later. Prior to joining the […]

Reed Smith rebuilds in Middle East with Pinsents team hire

Reed Smith has reinvigorated its Middle East practice, six months after the firm lost a team of construction lawyers to Eversheds Sutherland. Pinsent Masons’ former head of the Middle East region, Sachin Kerur, has been brought over to lead Reed Smith’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi office, having led Pinsents’ offering since 2008. He will be joined […]

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown bulks up in white-collar with double hire from Norton Rose Fulbright

Mayer Brown has hired two partners from Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office as the firm looks to strengthen its global white-collar and investigations practice. Norton Rose Fulbright head of business ethics and anti-corruption Sam Eastwood will join the firm on 20 August, while dispute resolution and investigations partner Jason Hungerford joins Mayer Brown with immediate […]

Dechert recruits Middle East duo from King & Spalding

Dechert has hired its first lateral partner in Dubai for over 18 months, after taking on two real estate lawyers from its US rival King & Spalding. King & Spalding partner Stephen Kelly is joining Dechert. He will be joined by counsel Sarah Mahood who joins as a national partner. Prior to King & Spalding, […]

Frankfurt

Latham partner moves to DLA’s Frankfurt office

DLA Piper has snared a corporate partner from Latham & Watkins‘ Frankfurt office, as the firm continues to bolster its capital market divisions in Germany. Roland Maass will be joining the firm from Latham, where he has been a partner since 2006. His practice mainly focuses on capital markets transactions, advising domestic and international companies […]

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Hogan Lovells joins war for data privacy talent with new hire

Hogan Lovells has made a bid to remain at the top of the data protection boom, with a new hire in its privacy and cybersecurity practice. Privacy partner Nicola Fulford has been brought in to join the firm’s 12-strong team from Kemp Little, four years after the launch of Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity practice. […]

Ashurst

Ashurst in disputes push with Mayer Brown construction hire

Mayer Brown construction and arbitration partner Tom Duncan has left the firm after six years for Ashurst‘s London disputes group. Duncan joined Mayer Brown in 2001 and made partner at the firm 10 years later. He will join Ashurst’s disputes team as the seventh new hire to the group globally this year. Other new joiners in […]

Stephen Besen

A&O snares Shearman & Sterling M&A veteran

Allen & Overy has strengthened its M&A practice in New York with the hire of a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s corporate practice. Stephen Besen joins the magic circle firm after 17 years at Shearman & Sterling, further bolstering its US M&A practice. Besen began his legal career in 1983 at Weil Gotshal & Manges. At […]

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Macfarlanes loses PE partner to White & Case

White & Case has hired its second lawyer from Macfarlanes in just over a year, adding private equity partner Emmie Jones to its team in London. Jones was a partner at Macfarlanes for five years after her promotion in 2013. She had spent her entire legal career at the City firm, having started as a […]

London

Pinsents competition litigation head decamps for US firm

Pinsent Masons head of competition litigation Ben Lasserson has joined US firm Strange & Butler as head of its London office and fourth partner globally. Lasserson trained and qualified at magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before moving to Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in 2007. He joined Pinsents as a partner nearly four years […]

Stewarts

Stewarts enters financial crime market with QC hire

Stewarts will launch a new financial crime practice following the hire of 2 Bedford Row white-collar silk Richard Kovalevsky QC as a partner into its London office next month. Kovalevsky has been practising for 35 years after being called to the Bar in 1983, taking silk two decades later. He will bring the firm’s partner […]

BWB gains new COO from Linklaters

Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has hired Linklaters global finance and projects division business manager Sally Procopis as its next chief operating officer. Procopis, who was at Linklaters for nearly a decade, will take over from outgoing partnership executive officer Peter Bennett. Bennett is retiring from the firm after 12 years. Procopis will coordinate all of […]

A&O

A&O lures back partner after two-year Cleary stint

Allen & Overy (A&O) has rehired its former head of non-contentious financial services regulation, two years after he left the magic circle firm for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Bob Penn spent nearly a decade in the A&O partnership and was a member of its financial services regulation team before leaving to join the US firm in September […]

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White & Case ramps up City recruitment with in-house PE hire

White & Case has gone in-house for its next hire in London, recruiting Lone Star lawyer Shane McDonald as a partner in its banking team. McDonald has been senior vice president at Lone Star-affiliated company Hudson Advisors since 2013, when he moved in-house from Ropes & Gray. He started out his legal career at Gadens […]

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Eversheds Manchester private equity head exits for DLA

Eversheds Sutherland North West private equity head Andy Phillips has exited after a year in the role to join DLA Piper. Phillips, who joined Eversheds to lead the firm’s Manchester corporate practice from early 2017, joined from Pinsent Masons, where he was a partner for a year. Prior to that, he was a senior associate […]

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Paul Hastings ramps up City recruitment with Bakers hire

Building on its sustained London hiring spree in recent weeks, Paul Hastings has brought in Baker McKenzie head of financial services Arun Srivastava to lead the firm’s regulatory, fintech and payments practice in the City. Srivastava began his career as a trainee at Herbert Smith Freehills in 1990 before moving to Bakers in December 1995. […]

London

Fried Frank London finance head exits for Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has made its first significant lateral partner hire in the City, hiring Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson London finance head Stuart Brinkworth, The Lawyer understands. Brinkworth is set to join the firm to lead the European leveraged finance team. His last day is understood to have been today. Brinkworth is joining the firm […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

DLA swoops for Freshfields infrastructure veteran

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer former global infrastructure and transport group co-head Martin Nelson-Jones has exited the firm to join DLA Piper. These last few months have proven eventful for Freshfields; starting with David Higgins’ high-profile departure to Kirkland & Ellis earlier this year, then a corporate restructure with the retirement of Simon Marchant, and most recently a revamp […]

Beijing

Dentons Beijing managing partner exits for Orrick

Dentons former Beijing head Sarah Zeng is leaving the firm after six years to join Orrick, in a move that is set to bolster the latter’s Asia M&A and private equity practice. Before working at Dentons, Zeng was general counsel of Hong Kong-listed Weichai Power, China’s largest engine manufacturer; and vice president and country manager […]

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Lisa Osofsky confirmed as next SFO director

After weeks of delays, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed that former FBI in-house star Lisa Osofsky will be its next director. Osofsky, who is currently the managing director and European head of investigations at Exiger, will replace interim director Mark Thompson on 3 September. Osofsky, who The Lawyer tipped to replace the outgoing David […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields wades into IP battleground with Arnold & Porter team hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has joined the growing number of firms making hires in IP, making its first patent team hire since partner Justin Watts exited for WilmerHale last year. Arnold & Porter patent litigation partner Christopher Stothers is joining with a team of four lawyers made up of counsel Laura Whiting and associates Paul Abbott and Ammina […]

White & Case

White & Case continues litigation push with Addleshaws hire

White & Case is to hire its second litigation lateral of the year, recruiting from Addleshaw Goddard’s regulatory team in London. The US powerhouse has taken on Addleshaws City partner Chris Brennan, who joined the UK firm over six years ago from Lloyds Bank. He is a litigation partner specialising in regulatory investigations and enforcement. This […]

Ashurst

Ashurst expands UK finance practice with Bakers hire

Ashurst has bulked up its global markets offering with the hire of global securitisation head Jonathan Walsh from Baker McKenzie, who is set to join the firm next week. Walsh’s hire comes a month after Ashurst snapped up another securitisation partner from Clifford Chance, Thomas Picton. Last August, Bakers also lost the head of its German […]

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Norton Rose hit with mass defection as 15-strong team exit to Reed Smith

A team of 15 lawyers across four different Norton Rose Fulbright offices in the US have decamped to join Reed Smith. The team includes global head of life sciences and healthcare Rick Robinson, Washington partner Lesley Reynolds, Austin partners Jeff Layne and Ben Koplin and New York partner Cori Goldberg. Two Norton Rose associates, Washington […]

China

Freshfields hires KWM “rising star” to join management in China

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Beijing partner Hazel Yin to co-head the competition practice in China. Yin has worked at KWM for most of her career, and was promoted to partner in February 2013. In her new role, she will work alongside China co-head Ninette Dodoo. At KWM, Yin built […]

Kathy Honeywood

Clifford Chance corporate partner exits for Bakers

Clifford Chance corporate partner Kathy Honeywood, who led the magic circle’s South East Asia Pacific corporate practice since 2015, is leaving the firm to join Baker McKenzie in London. Honeywood, who was at the magic circle firm her entire career, will join Bakers’ energy, mining and industrials (EMI) practice. She specialises in complex M&A transactions, corporate […]

Hong Kong

CMS agrees Hong Kong tie-up with local firm

CMS Hong Kong has entered into an association with new firm Shirley Lau & Co, providing the firm with local law capabilities in the region. The group is formed of members of Troutman Sanders’ Asia offices, including partner Shirley Lau and seven other senior corporate and litigation associates. Earlier this year, Troutman confirmed it would be pulling out of […]

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Paul Hastings launches dedicated City PE practice with DLA hire

DLA Piper partner Anu Balasubramanian is joining Paul Hastings as the firm prepares to take on the increasingly competitive private equity market in the City, The Lawyer can reveal. Balasubramanian will be Paul Hastings’ first dedicated London private equity partner and is also the second DLA partner to be enticed by the US firm after […]

DLA Piper takes the plunge with long-awaited Dublin launch

DLA Piper has finally confirmed its launch in Dublin after months of speculation that it was looking to join other new entrants in the market, such as Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons. William Fry partner David Carthy is the first partner to join the firm in Dublin. He made partner at the local firm […]

Nicola Dagg

Kirkland strikes at A&O strategy with hire of IP head Dagg

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) international litigation expansion strategy has been dealt a heavy blow today, as Kirkland & Ellis lands the hire of global head and London IP star Nicola Dagg. This is the first IP litigation hire for Kirkland in London, and Dagg is expected to help service Kirkland’s existing US clients and bolster […]

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Latham recruits second magic circle partner in a week

Latham & Watkins has hired its second magic circle partner in a week, this time from Clifford Chance’s finance practice in Germany. It brings welcome respite for Linklaters, which lost financial regulation partner Carl Fernandes to Latham’s London office last week, along with finance counsel Antongiulio Scialpi who joined the firm in Madrid. Clifford Chance […]

Lateral hires London

The US law firm dominating the London lateral market is…

Reed Smith has made more lateral hires in the UK last year than any of its competitors in the top US law firms ranking, The Lawyer can reveal, bringing in a total of 16 new partners. Eight of the new arrivals joined Reed Smith from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the AsiaPacific-headquartered firm that went […]

Shearman raids three firms for Houston launch

Shearman & Sterling has opened its second Texas office, bringing in six partners to Houston in a strategic bid to bolster its oil and gas transactions and projects work. Senior partner David Beveridge has been keen to cultivate Shearman’s corporate presence in the US since he took the role at at the beginning of March. […]

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Latham’s City hiring spree continues with key Linklaters lateral

Linklaters’ former Asia head of financial regulation is joining Latham & Watkins’ London office, The Lawyer can reveal. Carl Fernandes has been a partner at Linklaters for 11 years, having joined the magic circle firm as an associate in 2001. He moved from London to Hong Kong in 2005, where he was made up to partner and […]

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