Having resigned from BLP after 21 years, Magnus will join Dentons’ four-partner competition team in London in November.
Cited as a ‘key player’ on EU and competition matters by The Legal 500, Magnus trained as a lawyer at Clifford Chance until 1991 before moving to legacy firm Paisner & Co in 1992.
Magnus advises on a range of competition law issues including UK and EU merger control, market investigations, public procurement and competition-related disputes across multiple sectors including financial services, transport, logistics, and media.
Major mandates included advising National Grid on a £275m, multi-party cartel damages claim as well as acting for BDO on the Competition Commission’s market investigation that led to the mandatory tendering of audit services. He further served a six-month stint as a secondee to the Financial Conduct Authority in 2013 to work within its competition department.
Dentons UKMEA chief executive, Jeremy Cohen, said: ‘Competition law is one of the most international and rapidly developing areas of legal practice, with increasing alignment throughout the world, new competition authorities in emerging markets, and ever-increasing international co-operation between competition authorities. The scope of Adrian’s work and the breadth of his experience will be a real asset to the firm.’
BLP has seen some senior moves in recent months, losing a four-strong process management team to Herbert Smith Freehills this month. However, it did launch a US securities practice in the City with the recruit of Proskauer Rose partner Katherine Mulhern and Bank of America Merill Lynch director Bobby Schrader in June.