W&C raid adds to Gibson Dunn London hiring spree

White & Case‘s co-head of international arbitration, Cyrus Benson has quit for tival US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Benson will join Gibson Dunn’s London office, pushing the headcount of the City-based international arbitration team to nine fee-earners.

The team was created 18 months ago by hiring Philip Rocher from Clifford Chance.

Benson is the latest in a string of notable lateral hires by Gibson Dunn’s London office, and the third in the last two months. In December, the firm poached corporate finance partner Selina Sagayam from Simmons & Simmons, and earlier in January, James Barabas was made a corporate partner on his arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

The appointments are part of an ongoing growth strategy by the firm’s London office, which has increased by 50 per cent in the last two years.

Insiders at White & Case said Benson was well-liked. It is understood that Gibson Dunn made the first approach to the US-qualified lawyer.

As reported in The Lawyer yesterday (29 January), White & Case moved swiftly to fill the gap left by Benson by taking on sole practitioner Kathleen Paisley.