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Goodwin returns to Freshfields for New York litigation hires

Goodwin Procter has returned to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s New York offering for the second time this year, taking on financial litigation partner Gabrielle Gould.

Counsel Samuel Rubin also joins Goodwin’s commercial and financial litigation practice in New York, having been a senior associate at the Magic Circle firm.

The move follows Goodwin’s hire of Freshfields securities and commercial litigation partner Marshall Fishman in January who becomes the firm’s head of its New York commercial and financial litigation practice.

Gould and Rubin represent global financial institutions, private equity firms, corporations and individuals in sophisticated securities and commercial litigation matters.

Before moving to Freshfields in 2010 Gould was counsel at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Recent Goodwin joiner Fishman also joined Freshfields from Kramer in the same year.

Co-chair of Goodwin’s financial industry practice Thomas Hefferon said: ‘With Gabi and Sam on board alongside Marshall and our established, national team of financial industry litigators, we are continuing to make significant strides in expanding Goodwin’s commercial and financial services litigation practice in New York.’

Freshfields bulked up its US platform in November with the hire of corporate partner Aly El Hamamsy from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. But the Magic Circle firm suffered a blow, losing its executive partner and litigation Michael Lacovara to Latham & Watkins in June last year. Lacovara managed the firm’s global business services functions, and was responsible for the firm’s operating model and enhancement of its operational efficiency and client-service delivery.

Freshfields absorbed Lacovara’s exit by splitting his management roles between the three remaining members of its global leadership: Chris Pugh, Edward Braham and Stephan Eilers.

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