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Revolving doors: KWM adds one in London while Hogan Lovells makes key international hire

Despite axing 24 partners from its legacy SJ Berwin practice, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has hired one in London, while Hogan Lovells has made a key appointment in the US.

KWM has added to its London office with the hire of a new corporate partner, M&A and ECM specialist Greg Stonefield. Joining from Mayer Brown’s corporate and securities practice, Stonefield has wide sector experience across a range of industries including real estate, oil and gas, mining and metals and telecoms. Senior partner of Europe and Middle East Stephen Kon said Stonefield’s appointment will add depth to help the firm achieve its ambition to be one of the global elite. He said: ‘Greg’s hire supports the core strategic areas for the firm and our clients, and will further enhance our international reputation in European capital markets and corporate M&A.’

In international appointments news, Julie Brill will join Hogan Lovells’ Washington DC office as partner and co-director of the privacy and cybersecurity practice following her term as a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to serving on the Commission, Brill was an Assistant Attorney General in the states of North Carolina and Vermont for over 20 years. Co-director of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice Marcy Wilder commented: ‘Julie brings immense substantive knowledge, enormous energy, and great enthusiasm to our privacy practice.’

Meanwhile, Matthew Getz will join Boies, Schiller & Flexner’s London office as partner in its international disputes and regulatory practice. Joining from Debevoise & Plimpton and qualified in both England and New York, Getz has advised large multinational companies in some of the world’s biggest ant-corruption internal investigations. With the expectation investigations and white collar practice will continue to be a core focus of the firm in future years, managing partner Jonathan Schiller noted Getz’s hire is part of a substantial increase to the resources the firm devotes to government investigations and internal investigations.