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Simpson Thacher secures finance hire from Kirkland

A partner from Kirkland & Ellis’s real estate finance team has moved back to his former firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. James Esterkin joined Kirkland in 2017 as an associate from Simpson Thacher, becoming partner just a year later. He now returns to Simpson Thacher as a partner, joining its real estate group and advising […]

New GCs at Trust Payments and Zilch

Fintech company Trust Payments has hired its new GC from Starling Bank. Rickin Patel spent a year in his previous role, joining Starling in April last year as a senior legal counsel for digital, data, commercial contracts and projects. Prior to Starling Bank, Patel spent more than a year at Citibank as a vice president […]

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Freshfields partner exits for Eversheds

Eversheds Sutherland is to boost its infrastructure practice with the addition of a longstanding Freshfields partner. Alex Carver is set to leave the magic circle firm after 25 years, where he had been a partner since 2003. During this time he built expertise across major projects, financing and capital markets. He joins Eversheds later this […]

Crypto trading firm appoints new GC

Singapore-based crypto trading firm Amber Group has appointed its first GC for the EMEA region. Ehsan Haque joined the firm this month and is expected to work closely with the firm’s chief operating officer Wayne Huo in managing the company’s legal and regulatory risk groups, as well as expand its relationship with local regulators. Haque […]


Linklaters lands finance trio from Vinson

US firm Vinson & Elkins is to lose three of its leveraged finance team in London, less than a year after losing a trio of private equity partners to Sidley Austin. Noel Hughes is leading the charge to Linklaters having joined Vinson & Elkins in 2018. He is focused on international capital markets and cross-border […]

Addleshaws partner exits for Big Four firm

EY Law has hired an Addleshaw Goddard partner to expand its fintech and commercial law expertise. Fiona Ghosh will be joining EY as a partner in its law practice and is expected to focus on transformation projects in advanced manufacturing and mobility, as well as technology, media and telecoms. Ghosh spent more than seven years […]

Sanctions, sanctions, sanctions

Sanctions for most people have never really been on the agenda. Glossed over as something to be aware of but will never really an issue… Included the general AML compliance package but we never have any ‘hits’… Yes, we have a sanctions policy but we have never needed to implement it…


Cadwalader secures partner duo from Bakers

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has finalised the hire of a Baker McKenzie duo, who specialise on private credit and direct lending, as well as restructuring matters. The US firm has hired banking and finance partner Matt Smith and Bevis Metcalfe to its London office. They join in April. Smith has particular expertise in private credit […]

Dentons hires Addleshaws banking partner

Addleshaw Goddard has lost a Manchester-based partner to Dentons’ London office, as the latter seeks to bolster its asset based lending services. Simon Prendergast has been a partner in Addleshaw Goddard’s banking and finance division since 2013. He previously spent more than five years as a partner at Eversheds and more than six years at […]

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Mayer Brown partner exits for Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has pulled off its first lateral hire of 2022, bringing in a partner from Mayer Brown’s securitisation and structured finance practice. Merryn Craske is moving after just over four years at Mayer Brown. She was previously a counsel at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, making partner at Mayer Brown a year after […]

Tesco Bank

Tesco Bank’s legal chief prepares to stand down

Tesco Bank has promoted from within, ahead of the departure of its legal director and company secretary. Michael Mustard is set to leave his role in February this year, with Fiona Burden, the bank’s current head of legal, taking the helm. Mustard has spent more than seven years in the business after joining in 2014. […]