Orrick wins Akin partner in London

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is stepping up the pace of its recruitment in London as it takes on its second partner in the space of two months

Corporate partner Carl Liederman has joined the firm from the London office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where he was a partner in the technology group.

Liederman will add to the firm’s corporate cross-border capability, focusing on capital markets, joint ventures and M&A.

He will work closely with Adrian Harris, who joined the firm in June to set up a European restructuring practice. Liederman, whose practice is 50 per cent European, said that he left Akin Gump because it was difficult to attract clients without European offices.

According to head of international Michael Bacon, Orrick is strengthening its corporate, banking, restructuring and insolvency practices to service the global network. “There are a number of big deals in the pipeline, plus we see restructuring in Europe becoming more and more important,” he said.

In the last year Orrick has recast its strategy, putting emphasis on creating a pan-European presence.

In March last year, it lost the head of its London office Ian Johnson to DLA. Six months later he was followed by capital markets partners Geanne Bartlett and Conor Downey.

The departures came as a result of a lack of investment from the US. However, since then Orrick has reinvented itself. In January, The Lawyer revealed that it was taking on the highly-regarded Paris office of Watson Farley & Williams. Since then it has announced its intention to open offices in Italy and Germany.

Bacon admits that Orrick has made mistakes in the past, but claims that the new strategy will make up for them.