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Ashurst loses another partner to Gibson Dunn as Perry quits

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has revisited Ashurst for yet another lateral hire, appointing financial institutions partner James Perry.

Perry joins fellow ex-Ashurst colleagues Charlie Geffen, Jonathan Earle, Mark Sperotto, Nigel Stacey and James Cox, who previously quit Ashurst to join the US firm in London as it aims to build a full-service platform in the City.

With clients like Skandia, Royal & Sun Alliance, Credit Agricole, Société Générale under his belt, Perry will continue his regulatory and transactional practice with a focus on the financial services and insurance industries.

Jeffrey Trinklein, co-partner in charge of the London office said: ‘Our London office already has a strong contentious regulatory practice. Jim’s [Perry’s] focus on non-contentious financial services regulation strengthens our position as a leading global law firm that is able to interact with multiple regulators and allows us to continue to build a top US and English dual regulatory capability that few firms can match.’

Perry had practiced with Ashurst since 1987 and became a partner in 1998.

Gibson Dunn chairman and managing partner Ken Doran commented: ‘Jim [Perry] has a uniquely broad background with deep experience in both financial services regulation and M&A for financial institutions, including insurance companies.’

The news comes within weeks of Stephenson Harwood’s hire of Ashurst corporate partner and board member Anthony Clare who is leaving the firm after 14 years. In his new role, he will work closely with Stephenson Harwood’s corporate head Andrew Edge, who trained and qualified alongside Clare at Ashurst.