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Shearman private equity head Mark Soundy to exit firm

Shearman & Sterling’s global private equity head Mark Soundy is to depart the firm after a three year stint.

Soundy moved to the firm from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in 2013 as Shearman looked to establish a private equity offering in the City. He joined the US firm along with Sarah Priestley, a corporate tax specialist focusing on private equity and hedge funds. Associate Simon Burrows also moved over from Weil to Shearman as partner at the same time.

London-based Soundy focuses on UK and international M&A work, and has advised a number of institutional investors, international businesses and senior management teams. His client base includes APAX Partners, Bridgepoint, GMT Communications and HgCapital/Mercury. He resigned from the firm last week.

Meanwhile, leveraged finance partner Arnaud Fromion, based in Shearman’s Paris office, is also set to leave the firm.

Earlier this year, New York-based Jeremy Dickens, the co-head of private equity left for McDermott Will & Emery after three years at Shearman.

In 2016, Shearman’s London office again outperformed the rest of the firm, though only by a small margin, with revenue up 3% to $149m. Deals carried out by the London office last year include two mandates for cable company Liberty Global, advising on its $8.2bn purchase of Cable & Wireless Communications and its investment in Lions Gate Entertainment, and a role advising the underwriters on ABN Amro’s €3.8bn IPO at the end of the year, the largest ever Dutch privatisation.

Over the past five years the City office has grown by 43% and accounted for 17% of the firm’s global revenue last year.