‘I had strong support and people wanted me to continue’: Bakers’ Poulton seals second term as head of London office

‘I had strong support and people wanted me to continue’: Bakers’ Poulton seals second term as head of London office

Following his initial appointment to lead Baker McKenzie’s London office in 2021, managing partner Ed Poulton has been re-elected for another three-year term, starting from July. Speaking to Legal Business, he described the process of being re-elected as ‘relatively straightforward’. ‘We conduct soundings so that the partners get a chance to speak to a small …

Revolving Doors: Kirkland hires ESG partner while magic circle experiences both losses and gains

Revolving Doors: Kirkland hires ESG partner while magic circle experiences both losses and gains

Leading the high-profile moves this week, Rebecca Perlman has joined Kirkland & Ellis’ ESG and impact practice group in London as a partner. Perlman leaves behind a 12-year tenure at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she was head of the firm’s UK, US, and EMEA operations and global head of sustainable and impact investment. Perlman brings …

‘Doubling down’: CC’s London PE head sets out strategy as buyout partners predict uptick

‘Doubling down’: CC’s London PE head sets out strategy as buyout partners predict uptick

Spencer Baylin, Clifford Chance’s recently-appointed London private equity head, discussed his ambitions for the practice with LB as we garnered views from peers on how the market is faring. In December, CC lifer Baylin stepped up to the role soon after the high-profile loss of Christopher Sullivan to Paul Weiss’ M&A practice amid the US …

McDermott hires London M&A partner from Cooley as global revenue nears $2bn mark

McDermott hires London M&A partner from Cooley as global revenue nears $2bn mark

McDermott has announced today (28 February) that Michal Berkner has joined the firm as a partner, bolstering its transactions practice in London. She joins from Cooley, where she led the cross-border M&A practice, including negotiated and unsolicited transactions and joint ventures. Her clients include strategic and private equity buyers and sellers in public and private …

The Client Profile: Nigel Paterson, Currys

The Client Profile: Nigel Paterson, Currys

‘I’m an extrovert and I like to get out there. An in-house role is much more team orientated than private practice,’ notes Nigel Paterson, the general counsel (GC) of British electricals retailer Currys, on his decision to go in-house some 25 years ago. And it soon becomes apparent that, so illustrious has been his career, …