Yo!Sushi panel victory for Shaw Pittman London team

The recently launched London corporate department of US firm Shaw Pittman has won the top spot on a newly formed panel for Japanese restaurant operator Yo!Sushi.
Of the six firms on the panel, Shaw Pittman, advising on corporate matters, and Memery Crystal, advising on property, are the two firms that have not previously been used by the company.
Others to make the grade were Osborne Clarke for licensing, Hamlins for international franchising work, Starr Legal for litigation and employment, and Raworth Moss & Cook for intellectual property and trademark. All four have previously worked for the company on an ad hoc basis.
As a relatively young company, Yo!Sushi&#39s legal spend is not that great, but interest from firms for the work was very high. The company, assisted by Genesis Coordination&#39s Meena Heath, tendered the work on an informal basis, receiving presentations from more than 100 firms.
“Apart from the really big firms, such as the magic circle, just about every firm I know pitched,” said Heath “It attracted a huge amount of interest – more so than any other panel I&#39ve worked on.”
The appointment is a big boost for Shaw Pittman&#39s relatively new corporate team. It was launched in September last year, with the appointment of Bob Bishop and Charles Severs who were previously Herbert Smith associates before spending 18 months as directors of technology investment company Vesta Group.
“We were extremely impressed with Charles Severs of Shaw Pittman,” said Yo!Sushi managing director Robin Rowland. “He demonstrated a commercial attitude that fitted well with the ethos of our business.”
Shaw Pittman has further boosted its corporate team with the appointment of associate Mike Bergman from fellow panel member Osborne Clarke. Other corporate clients include QXL, which the firm won from Brobeck Hale and Dorr around eight months ago, and the Guinness Peat Group.