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Watson Farley hires Clyde & Co corporate partner Nigel Taylor

Watson Farley & Williams continues to build its City offering through lateral hires, by hiring Clyde & Co corporate partner Nigel Taylor to join the firm.

Recommended by the Legal 500, Taylor joined Clydes in 2010 from Field Fisher Waterhouse (now Fieldfisher) where he headed its corporate transport practice. Taylor advises governments, listed and private UK companies, overseas corporations and multinationals in the natural resource industry, including mining trade and commodities, with a particular focus on rail.

Under previous mandates Taylor advised the government of Guinea on its $20bn Simandou South project, and on corporate aspects of the establishment of the £2bn Pensions Infrastructure Platform to facilitate pension fund investment in UK infrastructure.

Watson Farley is currently in hiring mode, having secured Fried, Frank, Harris, Shiver & Jacobson partners Rob McBride and Sian Withey in June. The pair are tasked with building a debt securities and structured finance practice.

The firm also hired real estate partner Ranjeev Kumar from US firm Katten Muchin Rosenman in April.

Clydes has seen the departure of several partners from its London base in recent months, following a review at the end of last year. The review came after the 319-partner firm lost a series of substantial mandates to rivals after the insurance market saw a surge in M&A deals over the last 12 months.

Watson Farley declined to comment on Taylor’s appointment.