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Revolving Doors: US firms bulk up across international offices

A number of partners have jumped into US firms this week with Bryan Cave, Sidley Austin, Dechert and White & Case all making appointments across their networks.

Bryan Cave has hired tax partner David Adler who will join the firm’s US private client team in London. Adler joins from McDermott Will & Emery and has previously worked for Withers and Weil Gotshal & Manges.

Sidley Austin has also taken on a London based partner with restructuring lawyer Jennifer Brennan arriving from Linklaters. She is particularly focused on managing large-scale, multi-jurisdictional transactions and matters requiring the navigation of diverse stakeholder interests to achieve commercial solutions. Brennan’s exit follows Sidley’s recruitment of fellow Linklaters restructuring star partner Yen Sum in November last year.

Along with the arrival of Clifford Chance’s former global banks sector head Patrick Sarch this week, White & Case has hired Geneva based international trade partner Jasper Wauters and Silicon Valley based IP counsel Carrie LeRoy. Wauters joins from King & Spalding while LeRoy joins as a partner, moving from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where she was based in its Palo Alto office.

Wauters advises private and sovereign clients on all aspects of international trade and investment law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the World Trade Organisation. LeRoy advises clients on a variety of complex US and cross-border technology transactions involving the purchase, licensing and divestiture of IP assets.

A competition team has joined Dechert from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft led by partner Alec Burnside. Before Cadwalader, Burnside was the global head of Linklaters’ antitrust practice. His clients include Deutsche Börse, Microsoft, Aer Lingus, Deutsche Post DHL and British American Tobacco. He joins with Anne MacGregor who has been promoted to partner by Dechert and associates Marjolein De Backer and Adam Kidane.