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Ashurst corporate partner Clare quits for Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has hired Ashurst corporate partner and board member Anthony Clare who is leaving the firm after 14 years.

He joins Stephenson Harwood and will work with the firm’s corporate head Andrew Edge, who trained and qualified alongside Clare at Ashurst.

At Ashurst, Clare helped launch the firm’s New York office where he was resident from 1999-2000. He specialises in M&A and corporate finance and his experience in both public and private corporate finance includes IPOs, equity issues, acquisitions and disposals. His client base includes both corporates and investment banks. He was also a member of Ashurst’s healthcare practice.

Edge commented: ‘I worked alongside Anthony for 18 years and I have long admired and respected his approach to tackling often complex deals. His experience in M&A and corporate finance will be a real asset to the Stephenson Harwood team, and I am particularly looking forward to working with him again.’

For Stephenson Harwood, Clare’s recruitment follows the recent hire of two partners from Eversheds – King Tak Fung and Ivan Ng – along with along with five associates in Hong Kong.

Ashurst, which suffered a string of exits in recent years has also been hiring with the addition DLA Piper’s high-profile international arbitration head Matthew Saunders in January; and the hire of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s former global private equity co-head Shaun Lascelles in August last year.

The firm is in the process of appointing a new managing partner as current head James Collins is to stand down after completing his term at the end of May this year. The new leader will be Ashurst’s first board-selected head since its chairman Ben Tidswell was elected to the run the firm in 2013.