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Global Expansion: Bingham continues recruitment drive with hire of HSF London funds partner

Bingham McCutchen has expanded its transatlantic offering to European fund managers with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) rated partner Thiha Tun, only weeks after seven White & Case funds lawyers joined in Tokyo.

Tun, who works with private equity, real estate, infrastructure and hedge funds, will join Bingham’s investment management practice in September, in line with the top 30 Legal Business Global 100’s firm’s stated ambition to bolster its international funds and financial regulatory capabilities.Tun will work closely with partner John Holton, who relocated his international funds practice to the London office from Boston in 2011, as well as partners John Clark in listed funds, Helen Marshall in UK regulation and enforcement and Chris Leonard in UK regulation and funds.

London managing partner James Roome said: ‘Thiha’s arrival will bolster our capabilities to offer the combined US and UK funds and regulatory advice that many European fund managers require.’

Tun will also work alongside the firm’s investment management team in the US and Asia and, according to Roome, his Asian and emerging market funds practice meshes well with Bingham’s global financial regulatory practice.

Tun’s move comes within weeks of the firm adding seven White & Case lawyers  to its investment funds team in Tokyo, led by partners Christopher Wells and Tomoko Fuminaga. 

Furthermore, both expansions come within a year of Bingham adding 13 lawyers to its Washington investment funds team, after Thomas Harman, John McGuire and Christopher Menconi joined from Morgan Lewis & Bockius last July.

For HSF, meanwhile, the departure is the latest of a series of exits, including co-head of global arbitration Charles Kaplan to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in May, and veteran litigator Ted Greeno to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in March, as the firm beds down its recent merger.