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Revolving doors: DWF makes major corporate City hire as A&O and Stephenson Harwood make international appointments

DWF has appointed a new London head of corporate while Allen & Overy (A&O) and Stephenson Harwood have both made lateral hires to their international offices.

In a move to ‘significantly grow’ its corporate offering, DWF has hired Squire Patton Boggs head of capital markets Matthew Doughty to lead its London corporate division. With over 20 years’ experience, Doughty specialises in mid-market M&A, equity capital markets transactions and ongoing securities law advice for both private and publicly owned companies. National head of corporate at DWF Frank Shephard said the firm’s national team has a ‘very clear’ growth plan, ‘which involves investing in our London office and increasing its connectivity with the firm’s regional hubs in order to deliver high-value corporate work for clients with greater efficiency, cost-effectiveness and expertise.’

The senior director of antitrust at Philips, Yvo de Vries, is to join A&O’s Amsterdam office as partner in its global antitrust practice. Before his time at the lighting company, de Vries was the head of the EU litigation department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A&O Amsterdam senior partner Ferdinand Grapperhaus said: ‘the unique combination of his experience as a lawyer, a litigator in Luxembourg and an in-house counsel at Philips make him a huge asset to our practice.’

Stephenson Harwood has also made an international lateral hire with the addition of Erik Wallace to its private wealth team. Wallace, who will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, joins from Withers. Stephenson Harwood Greater China private wealth head Ian Devereux said: ‘With his reputation and expertise in US taxation and estate planning matters, his arrival will significantly enhance the ambit of service we can provide to our Asian clients with US nexus. Having a partner of Erik’s calibre join the firm fits perfectly with the level of expertise our clients expect.’

Chadbourne & Parke has hired Bryan Cave’s head of Central Eastern Europe and CIS team Irina Tymczyszyn as partner to its international arbitration and public international law practice in London. Tymczyszyn advises major international clients in the area of disputes relating to shareholders’ and investment agreements, construction agreements, agreements relating to oil and gas industries and fraud.