The steady pace of lateral hires continues in the beginning of 2017, with Kirkland & Ellis, TLT, Hogan Lovells, K&L Gates and Bryan Cave making appointments around the globe.
Addleshaw Goddard has lost another litigator this year as K&L Gates has taken on Clarissa Coleman, who joins from Addleshaw Goddard. Coleman is the second litigator to exit the LB100 firm’s disputes practice this year, following the resignation of Kambiz Larizadeh who is moving to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Hogan Lovells has also solidified its global practice with the hire of Marc Elvinger as a partner for the firm’s Luxembourg office. Elvinger, previously of Arendt & Medernach, has 15 years’ experience in corporate matters, M&A and transactional business law.
Elvinger, who will link up with current Luxembourg partners Gerard Neiens and Pierre Reuter, said: ‘Hogan Lovells represents a formidable opportunity for me. Corporate law is a global business and I am delighted to join a firm with global reach and genuine international capability.’
Judith Allen, formerly of A&L Goodbody, will bolster TLT’s Belfast office after her appointment on 18 January. An expert of Northern Irish property law, Allen joins as a real estate partner. TLT’s real estate group acts for a variety of clients, including BBC, EDF, WHSmith and Pets at Home.
TLT head of real estate Maria Connolly said: ‘Over the last 12 months we have seen significant growth in our real estate practice on a national scale. Having Judith on board will only further cement our expertise within this sector.’
Bryan Cave has expanded its London-based US private client team with the appointment of David Adler, who joins as a partner from McDermott Will & Emery. Adler, a specialist in advising international entities, individuals and intermediaries on US-related planning, said: ‘Bryan Cave’s private client team in London, with its impressive reputation and its focus on helping those with US interests, is a perfect fit for me. I have also been attracted by the collaborative and friendly culture at the firm.’
Kirkland & Ellis has strengthened its Shanghai office after taking Paula Liu from Clifford Chance (CC) to join as a partner. Liu, who joins from CC’s Shanghai office, specialises in M&A transactions with a particular focus on private equity.
David Zhang, senior partner of Kirkland’s Asia corporate practice group, said: ‘Paula has built a reputation as one of the leading young corporate and private equity lawyers in Shanghai.
‘She is a talented lawyer and an important addition to our Shanghai office as we look to further strengthen the firm’s China corporate practice.’