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Revolving doors: Gowlings appoints new GC as 3VB, Quinn, K&L and DLA boost practices

Gowling WLG has a brand new general counsel while 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB), Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, K&L Gates and DLA Piper have all boosted their numbers with new additions this week.

Mary Mackintosh has been appointed as Gowling WLG’s new general counsel for the UK, replacing Eddie Breen who announced his retirement at the end of 2015. Mackintosh joins from Travis Perkins where she served as head of corporate legal services and data protection officer.

3VB has brought in commercial barrister Jane Davies Evans to its chambers this week. Specialising in energy disputes and construction, Davies joins from Crown Office Chambers where she has been since she returned to the Bar in 2014 after leaving Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she was counsel. She has an extensive international practice with a particular focus on the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, the Russian Federation and the Asia Pacific region.

Following a number of recent hires across its international offices, Quinn Emanuel has hired Ropes & Gray partner Brian Biddinger. The experienced trial lawyer who specialises in patent litigation matters in district court, the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, will join the firm’s New York office.

K&L Gates has boosted its Chicago office with the appointment of partner Joseph Condo to its energy, infrastructure projects and transactions practice. Condo makes the move from renewable energy company Invenergy where he was senior vice president and general counsel. He will bring his experience in complex foreign and domestic commercial transactions, including debt and equity financing, M&A transactions, joint ventures and complex commercial litigation management.

In Australasia, DLA Piper has brought in restructuring partner Macaire Bromley to its Sydney office from Australian law firm DibbsBarker. Bromley was previously a senior associate in Allen & Overy’s London practice as well as Ashurst. She was involved in several high-profile insolvencies in the financial sector in Australia including Lehman Brothers Australia, Allco Finance Group and Enron Finance Australia. She also advised HM Treasury on the bail-in of the Bank of Cyprus and acted on the Co-operative Bank’s recapitalisation plan and liability management exercise.