Revolving doors: Kirkland picks up Freshfields private equity stars again as seven partners depart pre-IPO Mishcon

Revolving doors: Kirkland picks up Freshfields private equity stars again as seven partners depart pre-IPO Mishcon

With echoes of David Higgins’ landmark $10m switch in 2017 , Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost two up-and-coming private equity rising stars to US rival Kirkland & Ellis. Freshfields lifer Vincent Bergin, who was made partner last year, arrives at Kirkland with an impressive back catalogue of clients, including private equity shops EQT ) and CVC …

Revolving doors: Disputes dominate as Willkie and HFW make major London team hires

Revolving doors: Disputes dominate as Willkie and HFW make major London team hires

In a headline week for the London disputes market, a three-partner antitrust litigation team from Quinn Emanuel’s market-leading practice has decamped to Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The team is spearheaded by partner Boris Bronfentrinker, who notably led on the landmark £14bn Mastercard interchange fee Supreme Court case last December. He will be joined by fellow contentious …

Revolving doors: Ashurst makes senior high yield hire from Shearman as WilmerHale sees double departure to G100 rivals

Revolving doors: Ashurst makes senior high yield hire from Shearman as WilmerHale sees double departure to G100 rivals

Amid another hefty round of parner recruitment, Ashurst has made a senior hire in London, bringing in Jacques McChesney as a partner from Shearman & Sterling to boost its high yield practice. Prior to Shearman, McChesney was a partner at Latham & Watkins. McChesney advises clients on restructurings, debt tender/consent solicitations and private placements in …

Revolving doors: Stephenson Harwood lands former A&O partner in restructuring push

Revolving doors: Stephenson Harwood lands former A&O partner in restructuring push

Stephenson Harwood has made a significant addition to its restructuring practice, hiring former Allen & Overy partner Tim Crocker in London. A non-contentious finance expert who left A&O last year, Crocker has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on complex debt restructurings and insolvencies. Tammy Samuel, head of finance at Stephenson Harwood, said Crocker’s hire …

Revolving doors: Shoosmiths calls up Telefónica GC as post-summer recruitment spree begins

Revolving doors: Shoosmiths calls up Telefónica GC as post-summer recruitment spree begins

Headlining a hectic week of partner recruitment, Shoosmiths has landed in-house veteran and former Telefónica UK general counsel Ed Smith as a commercial partner. It marks a return to private practice 20 years after leaving Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for Smith (pictured), who will link up with Shoosmiths in October. A well-respected in-house leader, Smith left …

Revolving doors: Sidley makes triple acquisition among spate of senior City hires

Revolving doors: Sidley makes triple acquisition among spate of senior City hires

It was a significant week of expansion for Sidley as it made a trio of eye-catching partner hires in London. Private equity partners Dan Graham and Paul Dunbar and finance partner Emilie Stewart have all joined from Vinson & Elkins, marking a serious investment in the City. Graham focuses on advising private equity funds on …

The Client profile: Ahmed Badr, GoCardless

The Client profile: Ahmed Badr, GoCardless

Ahmed Badr did not want to be a lawyer. A self-professed ‘huge geek’ at school, he was never happier than when sat a computer doing some programming or web design. ‘You would never find me playing football,’ he reflects. Initially, Badr studied medicine, which he admits ‘was more of a family thing than a me thing’. …

Revolving doors: Dechert makes double hire in California as King & Spalding lures Brussels head

Revolving doors: Dechert makes double hire in California as King & Spalding lures Brussels head

In a more muted round of lateral partner recruitment as August draws to a close, Dechert, King & Spalding and Dentons have all strengthened their global benches while boutique firm Avonhurst has hired a London disputes veteran. Dechert has significantly expanded its San Francisco operations by making two lateral partner hires and relocating two further partners …

Revolving doors: Withers makes global splash with four partner hires as Curtis opens in Saudi Arabia

Revolving doors: Withers makes global splash with four partner hires as Curtis opens in Saudi Arabia

In a week of significant international expansion, Withers has added four lateral partners to its global benches while Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has founded a new Saudi Arabia base. Two of the new Withers partners are US-based: Samantha Klein joins as a partner from Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles to launch a new family law …