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Revolving doors: Another two out at Olswang as Clydes and WFW add to their benches

Arnold & Porter and Withers take the latest Olswang leavers, while Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), Clyde & Co and Shakespeare Martineau have all added laterals this week.

In its first UK hire since its merger deal with Kaye Scholer, Arnold & Porter has secured Olswang’s former head of telecoms and Asia managing partner Rob Bratby for its London office.

The US firm is set to add the telecoms lawyer who becomes the latest partner to leave Olswang ahead of the firm’s merger with CMS Cameron McKenna and Nabarro. Bratby will join the newly-merged Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer when the deal is completed on 1 January 2017.

In another departure for Olswang, corporate partner Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand is set to join Withers’ London office in December. Ariffin-Boromand spent three and a half years at Olswang, having joined from Fasken Martineau in 2013. She has particular experience advising high net worth families in Malaysia and South East Asia.

CMS Cameron McKenna has also lost a partner with legacy Dundas & Wilson lawyer Craig McGinn moving in-house to Scottish company SMS Plc. McGinn joins SMS, which makes smartmeters, as general counsel having spent almost ten years at legacy Dundas and two years at Camerons.

In London, Shakespeare Martineau has boosted its office with the hire of two partners in intellectual property and real estate litigation. The firm has hired diputes partner David Vaughan from BLM and technology and IP partner Kim Walker from Bond Dickinson.

WFW has added to its Dubai office, taking on aviation finance partner Oliver Tebbit and a senior associate from Clyde & Co. Tebbit has 15 years’ experience of asset finance deals and commercial aviation work and has worked in Dubai since 2001.

Head of Dubai Andrew Baird said: ‘Oliver is a terrific addition to our Dubai team. His experience and expertise will significantly enhance our regional aviation offering and enable our continued successful growth in the Middle East.’

Going the other way, Clyde & Co has hired into its Hong Kong office, bringing in corporate lawyer John Chrisman from US firm Dorsey & Whitney. Corporate partner Chrisman has 28 years’ experience working with financial institutions and investment banks and particular experience representing Indian clients.

Clyde & Co Hong Kong managing partner Simon McConnell said: ‘We are fortunate to have a firm with strong ties to India and see John’s appointment as an opportunity to further strengthen our capability across the entire Asia Pacific and Middle East region.’