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Revolving doors: King & Wood Mallesons, Ropes & Gray, Trethowans make strategic hires

On the move this week are partners from Clifford Chance, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Trethowans, who are joining King & Wood Mallesons, Ropes & Gray and Trethowans respectively.

King & Wood Mallesons has added Lorraine Vaz to join as partner, to start in London on November 2. Vaz joins from Clifford Chance where she was the director of leveraged and acquisition finance in the general banking group.

Ropes & Gray has appointed Jieni Gu to join as a partner in its Shanghai office from Weil, Gotshal & Manges. The firm said her addition to the M&A practice will help it’s ability to serve corporate clients in China as they pursue opportunities on a global scale.

Dorsey & Whitney has signed up Rajan Shori to join its London Real Estate group. Shori, who has 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate, joins from Howard Kennedy where he was a partner.

Kilian Helmreich joins Munich firm Gütt Olk Feldhaus as partner. He was a partner in the corporate department at Latham & Watkins and specialises in domestic and cross border mergers & acquisitions.

11KBW has hired Jonathan Auburn of 39 Essex Street to strengthen its public law team. Auburn is recognised as a leader in public law, community care, education and local government in the Legal 500, and has written the textbook ‘Judicial Review: Principles and Procedure’.

In the Channel Islands, First Names Group has named Malcolm Macleod head of corporate services. A qualified chartered accountant, Macleod joins from Capital Asset Services where he was head of corporate solutions in Jersey.

Regional firm Trethowans has hired Sophie Eales, who leaves Bond Dickinson after more than a decade. Eales, who has significant experience advising major UK lenders and significant corporates has been appointed as partner in the firm’s banking team.