Ashurst’s corporate partner Nigel Stacey has quit the firm to join the London office of Los Angeles-founded firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Stacey, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate matters, follows in the footsteps of fellow corporate partner Jonathan Earle, who left Ashurst in April after being with the firm for 16 years.
Stacey regularly advises UK and international corporations and investment banks on corporate transactions, including cross-border and domestic M&A, public company takeovers, joint ventures and equity capital markets matters. Stacey joined Ashurst in 1999, having previously worked at Slaughter and May from 1994.
Gibson Dunn chairman Kenneth Doran said: ‘Building our London office is a key part of the firm’s strategy. Nigel is a talented and versatile lawyer with experience in a broad range of corporate transactions. His addition will further enhance the scale and depth of our transactional practice in this important market.’
Stacey added: ‘Gibson Dunn’s strong corporate and litigation platforms and strategically located offices drew me to the firm. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in London and across the firm’s offices.’
Stacey and Earle’s departure from Ashurst’s corporate practice follow in the footsteps of former global head of corporate, commercial and competition Stephen Lloyd and private equity specialist Karan Dinamani, who both resigned to join Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy.