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Revolving doors: Dechert, Mishcon and Squires strengthen the ranks

Following the post-summer hiring spree, the latter half of September only brought single lateral hires in criminal, corporate, tax and intellectual property (IP).

Mishcon de Reya’s business crime group announced this week the appointment of the Grillo sisters’ defence lawyer Richard Cannon. With effect from 5 October, Cannon will be the seventh lawyer in the two-partner business crime group established in 2014.

Cannon joins Mishcon de Reya from boutique criminal law firm Janes Solicitors, where he was a partner for 16 years focusing on defence of serious and complex fraud.

Commenting on his appointment, group head Alison Levitt QC said that ‘Richard brings to the firm a wealth of experience and expertise in criminal defence litigation at the top level’.

On the corporate side, Squire Patton Boggs also continues the European expansion of its global practice by confirming Kashif Siddiqui as its new partner in the London office. Joining from Trowers & Hamlins, Siddiqui focuses on cross-border M&A, disposals, joint ventures and reorganisations. Commenting on Siddiqui’s appointment, EMEA chair of the global corporate practice Jane Haxby said the hire is in line with the firm’s international focus and expansion of their UK practice. Siddiqui’s appointment follows last month’s hire of Bart Vanderstraete as partner in the Brussels office. Earlier this month Squires announced it would hold elections by the end of the year as its long-standing leader, Europe and Middle East managing partner leader Peter Crossley, steps down.

Meanwhile, Dechert added Sabina Comis to its benches as tax partner in the firm’s Paris office. Joining from Mayer Brown, part of Comis’ role will be focusing on advising French and international companies on tax structuring and dispute resolution. Dechert international and domestic tax group chair Daniel Dunn said Comis has an ‘impressive track record’ whilst head of tax in France. Last month the firm announced a ramp-up of its London office with the hire of long-serving DLA Piper financial services global co-chair Philip Butler.