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Revolving Doors: Pinsent Masons, Dentons and Mishcon make key appointments

Pinsent Masons, DentonsMishcon de Reya,  and Crowell & Moring are among a raft of firms which have made key appointments in past weeks. 

Pinsent Masons has expanded its technology media and telecoms team with the addition of Reg Dhanjal as a partner, he joins the firm from DAC Beachcroft where he made partner in 2012.

Staying in the TMT area, Dentons has strengthened its London team by employing Taylor Wessing’s head of communications Tracey Sheehan, to bring the number of lawyers in the London TMT team to more than 40.

Crowell & Moring has picked up DLA Piper’s head of healthcare Jonathan Lisle to head the firm’s London corporate practice. Lisle’s practice focuses on general private M&A across all sectors and has experience in cross-border M&A.

Simmons & Simmons has expanded its international IP group by hiring Baker Botts partner Mark Heaney. Heaney specialises in computers, electronics and telecommunication.

Howard Kennedy has appointed high profile lawyer Jonathan Metliss as a consultant. The former founding partner of SJ Berwin is also a consultant at Nexus Investment Ventures. Howard Kennedy chief executive Ian Harvey said: ‘Jonathan has long been a friend of the firm, and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team. His approach very much echoes our own and his contacts are unrivalled.  He will be a real asset to the firm.’

National firm DWF has appointed Eversheds partner James Lupton to its public sector team based in Manchester. Lupton has more than 15 years’ experience and specialises in legal issues which arise in delivering public private partnerships.

In the US Cahill Gordon & Reindel has announced Pierre Gentin, formerly of Credit Suisse AG, has joined the firm as partner in its New York litigation practice group. He had served as global head of litigation and regulatory investigations for the bank. In Washington Kirkland & Ellis has appointed Mario Mancuso to lead the national security and committee on foreign investment in the United States practice.

In non-legal appointments, Mishcon de Reya has taken SJ Berwin’s IT director Simon Kosminsky and appointed him chief information officer.  Hogan Lovell’s chair Nicholas Cheffings will succeed Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley as chairman of diversity movement Prime next year when Morley retires at the end of his term as senior partner at A&O.