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Revolving doors: Linklaters, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown reach into lateral hire market

In a busy week for Global 100 firms, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown, and Linklaters have all added to their partner ranks across a diverse range of practice areas.

Hogan Lovells has made two laterals as it strengthens its executive compensation and share incentives capability. Paul Randall joins the firm as its new co-head of the executive compensation and share incentives team. He was previously at Ashurst where he was head of employee benefits and incentives. Hogan Lovells has also hired Allen & Overy’s Stefan Martin, who has joined as partner.

The firm’s head of London employment, Elizabeth Slattery, said: ‘Stefan and Paul are well-respected in the London market and very experienced. Their arrival significantly bolsters our employment and executive compensation and share incentives offering and they will be a tremendous asset to our UK and global teams.’

Meanwhile US firm Mayer Brown has again added a City finance partner in Kieron Dwyer from Gowling WLG, where he was partner and head of international energy and natural resources and established the energy and infrastructure finance practice at legacy firm Wragge & Co.

Co-head of the global finance practice at Mayer Brown, Dominic Griffiths, said: ‘We are seeing an increasing appetite from our clients for structured finance expertise in the energy market and Kieron’s in-depth experience in this sector and project finance in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will further boost our global offering.’

Finally, Linklaters has hired white-collar crime and civil litigator Adam Lurie as a partner in its US dispute resolution practice. Joining from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, he will head Linklaters’ Washington litigation and government investigations practice.

The head of Linklaters’ global US practice Scott Bowie said Lurie’s hire was one of a series of moves.

‘As US law in the context of increasingly complex regulatory regimes is progressively shaping and governing cross-border transactions and disputes, building a strong and global US platform is integral to our strategy. Adam’s hire is a key development in progressing Linklaters’ global ambitions to strengthen further our government risk, FCPA and civil litigation offering.’

Elsewhere, Travers Smith has confirmed the appointment of partner Edward Smith, who joins the firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice. Smith joins arrives from K&L Gates, where he was a partner in the firm’s bankruptcy/insolvency practice group.

The firm’s head of finance, Matt Ayre, commented: ‘Edward is a hugely experienced restructuring lawyer, who will add further depth to our existing capabilities. His arrival demonstrates our commitment to providing clients with first-class specialist restructuring expertise and will strengthen our position in the marketplace.’