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Revolving doors: Mishcon loses City funds chief to OMM as firms bulk up in Asia

O’Melveny & Myers (OMM) made a strategic move last week as it continues to ramp up its City office with the hire of Mishcon de Reya’s co-head of funds and financial services while Eversheds also looked to bolster its London presence. In Asia, Morrison & Foerster made a high-profile hire when it recruited Winston & Strawn’s Asia head of litigation.

Eve Ellis re-joins OMM, having previously been counsel in the firm’s investment funds group. She left the firm in 2010 to make partner at Charles Russell and then moved to Mishcon in May last year. Focused on UK and EU regulatory matters affecting funds and financial institutions, Ellis’ client base revolves around private equity but also covers real estate, hedge and emerging market funds, and institutional investors.

The second recruit to the firm’s London office, she will join new European corporate head and private placement specialist Andrew Weiler, who also starts today (3 August), from White & Case.

Eversheds, after having seen a swathe of real estate partners exit to King & Wood Mallesons following William Naunton and Clive Jones, has also expanded in London, improving its planning offering with the hire of a partner and three associates.

Morag Thomson, who was senior partner at Marrons before its merger with Shakespeares in 2013, joins the firm as partner along with a senior associate. Eversheds has also recruited a principal associate from Bircham Dyson Bell, Richard Marsh, and a senior associate from Forsters, Matt Nixon. Thomson covers both contentious and non-contentious work and specialises in major projects and infrastructure developments.

Meanwhile, MoFo boosted its Asia practice with Winston & Strawn’s regional head of litigation Adrian Yip.

Yip, who had been with the Chicago-bred firm for five years, has a broad range of experience in Hong Kong and Greater China, covering arbitration, criminal prosecutions, competition law and corporate investigations. He joins with 3 associates as the US firm looks to build up its Hong Kong disputes team – to that end it has also relocated Craig Celniker, chair of its disputes practice from Tokyo in 2013.

The move mirrors Yip’s arrival at Winston & Strawn, which he joined in 2010, also with three associates, after five years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Ashurst joined MoFo in building up its Asia offering with the addition of Andrew Digges in its Singapore office. Digges, who makes partner in the move, joins from Allen & Overy where he was a foreign legal consultant at the Magic Circle firm’s associated office in Jakarta, Ginting & Reksodiputro.

Digges will join the firm’s resources and infrastructure team with 15 years’ experience garnered on South East Asian project work, in particular advising on Indonesian power deals.

The firm’s head of resources and infrastructure, Mark Elsey, commented: ‘Resources and infrastructure is an area of key strategic focus for the firm. Andrew is a seasoned and highly regarded practitioner who will add significant depth to our offering in this area in the Asia region as well as further enhancing our market leading global platform.’