US firm Morrison & Foerster has hired from Latham & Watkins‘ London corporate team again, this time appointing partner Vladimir Maly. The move follows the recruitment of former Latham private equity heavyweight Graeme Sloan in July.
Maly specialises in equity derivatives-related deals for clients ranging from private equity funds to high-net worth individuals and asset managers.
His arrival follows that of former colleague Sloan over the summer, who departed Latham after nine years to serve as MoFo’s London corporate practice and global co-chair of its M&A department. Sloan had served as global co-chair of Latham’s M&A practice.
Latham has been a pace setter in the City with a heavy focus on private equity and funds, and its London headcount has increased by 95% to 296 fee earners and 67 partners over the last five years (as at April 2015). Regularly attracting talent from rival firms, standout London hires for Latham in the last couple of years include former Clifford Chance M&A trio David Walker, Kem Ihenacho and Tom Evans, and investment funds specialist Nick Benson, formerly of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
MoFo Europe managing partner Paul Friedman said: ‘We are committed to expanding our outstanding corporate and finance capability in London and across Europe.’
Sloan added: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to work again with Vlad. By deepening the corporate capabilities of MoFo in London, we will be even better positioned to provide the most sophisticated support to investment banks, funds, and corporations in England and around the world.’