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Fieldfisher grows finance practice with hire of K&L Gates’ Moller

Fieldfisher has appointed Stephen Moller as a partner from K&L Gates, further bolstering the firm’s finance team after its April hire of Freshfields’ Dougall Molson.

Moller, who was at Simmons & Simmons for 15 years, 11 of which as a partner, will join Fieldfisher’s financial markets and products group. Moller specialises in structured finance, supply chain finance and securitisation.

Moller also brings alternative finance experience to the firm, having worked with technology platforms to identify and procure financial assets. 

The move for Moller cements the firm’s strategic goal to invest in technology, energy and natural resources, and financial services as the firm’s three ‘accelerated’ focuses.

Fieldfisher’s head of derivatives and structured finance, Guy Usher, commented: ‘Stephen’s experience – particularly his expertise in alternative finance – adds yet more depth and diversity to our offering.’

‘Finance and financial services are a strategic growth area for the firm. Our significant investment in recent key hires not only reflects our dedication to the sector but also the growing client demands for our services in this area.’

Moller said: ‘The Financial Markets and Products Group at Fieldfisher is going from strength to strength.  Already established in derivatives, it is becoming a bigger player across the sector and in structured finance in particular.’

‘I have known Dougall and Richard for some time and I am looking forward to working with them and with the other finance partners,’ Moller added.

The team also recently hired structured finance partner Richard Todd from Mayer Brown.

The April hire of fellow structured finance partner, Molson, launched Fieldfisher’s finance expansion drive. Molson was previously Freshfields’ head of finance in Paris. He left the Magic Circle firm ahead of the reform of its finance practice, in which six finance partners left at the end of April.