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Revolving Doors: clutch of firms including Ashurst, Penningtons Manches and White & Case make key hires

A number of firms have made noteworthy appointments this month, including Ashurst, Squire Patton Boggs, Penningtons Manches, Dentons, White & Case and Eversheds who have all added to their teams.

Ashurst has strengthened its dispute resolution capability in Middle East by appointing Dyfan Owen to its Dubai office.

Managing partner of the Middle East, Joss Dare, said: ‘The disputes market in the Middle East has gone through a transformative period in the last few years. The level of mega-projects and infrastructure investments have been generating an increasing number of large, multi-jurisdictional disputes and we see this trend as continuing.’

White & Case has appointed Arlene Hahn as a partner in the firm’s global intellectual property practice, to work closely with the firm’s global mergers & acquisitions practice.

Meanwhile Eversheds has hired Nicholas Jew as a consultant in its employment team, from DLA Piper where he headed the Birmingham employment team.

Squire Patton Boggs has appointed Karim Maalioun as a partner in its Global Corporate Practice, to be based in Paris. Maalioun was the former general counsel (EMEA) for power business ContourGlobal. Christopher Wilde, managing partner of the Paris office said Maalioun adds major energy sector expertise to the firm’s established corporate team.

National firm Pennington Manches has added two new partners to its Cambridge office to strengthen its corporate and real estate teams. Ross McNaughton joins from Paul Hastings where he had been a partner since 2012 and Sarah Coates comes from Thomson Webb & Corfield where she had been a partner since 2013.

Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey as a consultant to its top-tier global energy group. As of September, Davey will work closely with the co-heads of the firm’s Global Energy Group, John Balsdon, Anna Howell and Rob Merrick, advising on thought leadership development in the energy and climate change sectors, and providing a unique understanding of both past, present and future UK and EU energy policy.

Over at Dentons, new capital markets partner Nikolas Colbridge is being welcomed to the firm from Skadden Arps.

Jeremy Cohen, Dentons UKMEA chief executive officer, commented, ‘We are particularly impressed by the work Nik has done on complex listings in Europe, emerging and developing markets, and across the world. His exceptional skill and depth of knowledge will be a real asset to our global practice.’

Finally, US firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has added Jonathan Bunge to its ranks, to join the Chicago office as managing partner. Bunge is an experienced first chair trial lawyer who has tried more than 40 jury and bench trials who was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.