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Revolving doors: Jury O’Shea expands in London, Simmons in Frankfurt, HSF hires in Dubai

With a broad set of hires towards the end of June, Jury O’Shea hired a former Stewarts commercial litigation partner, Simmons & Simmons added to its Frankfurt financial markets team and Herbert Smith Freehills bolstered its Dubai corporate group.

Daniel Loblowitz has left Stewarts Law to join property firm Jury O’Shea as a commercial litigation partner. Loblowitz told Legal Business that the move was instigated by a desire to build his own commercial litigation practice, and described Jury O’Shea as ‘the perfect platform.’

Loblowitz’ expertise covers a broad range of commercial litigation, often on cross-border disputes involving banks, shareholders and private clients, and on significant fraud cases.

Simmons & Simmons hired financial markets partner Benedikt Weiser from Dechert, splitting his time between its Luxembourg and Frankfurt offices.

Weiser specialises in structuring private equity, real estate, infrastructure and debt funds for institutional investors, with particular expertise in German investment law and insurance regulatory law.

Simmons’ head of financial markets in Germany Heiko Stoll said: ‘Our sector focus means we are constantly thinking about what changes are going to affect our clients, and how we can innovate to respond to these client needs. The arrival of Benedikt [Weiser] reinforces this commitment to our clients and I look forward to working with him’.

Simmons’ global head of financial markets Jonathan Hammond also said that ‘despite uncertainty surrounding Brexit, our global financial markets practice has had a strong year’.

Meanwhile, HSF hired corporate partner Haitham Hawashin from Simmons in Dubai. Hawashin is experienced in joint ventures, private equity, cross-border M&A and debt & equity capital markets transactions. His experience includes sectors including asset management & investment funds, financial institutions, TMT, real estate, energy/infrastructure and utilities.

Hawashin’s has recently advised Abu Dhabi Financial Group, Abu Dhabi National Chemicals Company and lenders such as International Finance Corporation, European Investment Bank and Eksport Kredit Fonden.

HSF global corporate head Scott Cochrane said the firm is committed to deepening its relationship with key clients and targets in the region. ‘Bringing Haitham on board will help greatly with this. Building our capability to service clients both in local markets and internationally is a key element of our strategy and Haitham’s recruitment will strengthen this capability further,’ he added.