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Mishcon seeks greater collaboration with law firms in Russia, the US and the Middle East

Mishcon de Reya has appointed commercial partner Adam Rose as head of international development following Rita Jardim’s exit in July to launch Portuguese private client boutique Mayer Jardim.

Rose, who joined last year from Berwin Leighton Paisner where he was head of the commercial and technology group for 12 years, has been tasked with improving the firm’s international network and handling of data.

Rose told Legal Business: ‘Our top priorities are Russia, the USA, the Middle East and offshore. That’s where our historic footprint is with our clients and why would we want to change that. We will be looking for the right collaborations in America and part of the mission of the US team will be to work out how best to achieve that.’

‘We’re looking to capture data better, plan better around what we’re doing and improve information sharing around the firm. It’s all part of the necessary process to deliver what the firm and our clients need.’

Beneath Rose, regional teams have been established to ensure accountability, with Rose himself assigned to Latin America, a region where the firm has had historically weak links but will look to build its relationships given the region’s economic rise. He will work closely with Latin America-focused sports lawyer Nilo Effori, who joined the firm’s growing litigation practice from Dentons in February.

M&A partners Dean Poster and Andrew Rimmington have been tasked with expanding the firm’s client base in North America. Litigation partner Gary Miller, who founded Mishcon’s fraud group in 1991 and headed it for 15 years, will oversee affairs in the Far East, which includes Australia. Kamal Rahman, a private wealth partner who heads the firm’s immigration group, will preside over the firm’s activity in South Asia, where there will be a particular focus on India. James Libson, executive partner and head of Mishcon’s fast growing private client group, will run activities in the Middle East, with litigation chief Kasra Nouroozi overseeing offshore jurisdictions.

Mishcon undertook a full review of its international strategy with the appointment of Jardim in 2011, having hired her from its international network Legalink where she was administrative director.

Rose added: ‘It’s part of my job. I remain a commercial and technology partner in the firm, but I’ll be trying to help generate business from international contacts and firms we use for our clients and implement our strategy and help improve our strategy.’