Corporate

Senior M&A lawyer swaps HSBC for Norton Rose Fulbright

HSBC has lost another senior in-house lawyer, with general counsel for group M&A moving to Norton Rose Fulbright. Chris Thornes joins Norton Rose as a consultant after seven years serving as GC for group M&A at the bank. Before HSBC, Thornes was a partner at Allen & Overy between 2002 to 2012, having began his […]

Dechert ramps up City hiring with second Kirkland joiner

Dechert has hired another corporate partner from Kirkland & Ellis, following swiftly from the recruitment of Mark Thompson almost three weeks ago. The firm is adding private equity specialist Sam Whittaker, who will be joining during the summer after almost seven years at the US rival. A partner since 2019, Whittaker joined as an M&A […]

Dusseldorf

Bakers duo exit for Latham in Germany

Latham & Watkins has boosted its European corporate ranks with the hire of two Baker McKenzie partners in its Düsseldorf office. The firm has taken on M&A experts Ingo Strauss and Heiko Gotsche. The two will work as partners in the corporate department and as part of the PE and M&A teams. They both have […]

Brussels

White & Case hands PE leadership role to Brussels partner

Ahead of the departure of Ian Bagshaw this summer, White & Case has appointed a Brussels-based partner as its new co-head of global private equity. Thierry Bosly has been named in the role, having led the firm’s Belgium and Luxembourg transactional practices. He joined White & Case in 2003 from Linklaters. Bosly will lead the group […]

Sidley rejuvenates City PE team after partner exits

Sidley Austin has opted to hire a group of associates to bulk up its private equity team, rather than a star lateral, after the raid by Goodwin Procter last year. The City office of the US firm embarked on the recruitment effort after the departure of private equity duo Chris Iwasko and Erik Dahl to […]

Mishcon de Reya

Travers wins IPO mandate from Mishcon

Mishcon de Reya has appointed Travers Smith to advise on its anticipated IPO, with the latter securing the mandate over its City rivals. Plans for Mishcon’s initial public offering (IPO) were announced in late April after the firm said its partners had voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of exploring a premium listing. The intention is for […]

Goodwin corporate tech partner exits after two years

Goodwin Procter, which has been rapidly expanding in London in recent years, is to lose one of its corporate tech partners, hired from Taylor Wessing in 2019. Adrian Rainey is leaving the firm to join a venture capital client, The Lawyer understands. Rainey has been at Goodwin since June 2019, when he joined the firm as […]

Three firms lead on Made.com’s London listing

Davis Polk & Wardwell has won the mandate to advise furniture retailer Made.com on its imminent London listing. Partner Will Pearce is the lead partner advising from Davis Polk, as Made.com plans to raise £100m for the float. Meanwhile Latham & Watkins partner Chris Horton is at the helm for the banks, which include JP […]

exit

Kirkland to lose second partner in a week

A second partner from Kirkland & Ellis’ corporate team is set to depart the Gherkin, this time to Proskauer. The Lawyer understands that London partner Rebecca Villarreal, who has been at Kirkland for six years, will join the US rival days after the exit of corporate partner Mark Thompson to Dechert. Villarreal joined Kirkland in 2015 […]

St Pauls London

Kirkland corporate partner departs for Dechert

Kirkland & Ellis has lost a corporate partner to Dechert, the latest in a spate of departures from its London office. Dechert has taken on Mark Thompson, a corporate partner in the London office advising on private equity and real estate. He was made up to partner in 2017, having been an associate since 2015. He […]

Ashurst brings in former Deutsche Bank GC as partner

Ashurst has brought Deutsche Bank’s former general counsel Florian Drinhausen into its corporate practice in Frankfurt. Drinhausen departed Deutsche Bank last May after serving just two years as GC & chief governance officer. Before going in-house to the bank in 2014, he had been at Linklaters for 13 years, including serving as the magic circle […]

Infrastructure

Freshfields and Simpson Thacher lead on John Laing’s £2bn acquisition

A raft of firms have been called up on KKR’s £2bn acquisition of FTSE 250 infrastructure investor John Laing. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was on hand for John Laing, led by corporate partner Oliver Lazenby and senior counsel Holly Baker. Freshfields has counted John Laing as a client since 2015, when it acted on its listing […]