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White & Case hiring spree continues with appointment of Ashurst capital markets partner

As White & Case aims to build a 500-lawyer practice in the City by 2020, its recruitment spree has continued with the arrival of capital markets partner Jonathan Parry from Ashurst.

Parry’s arrival strengthens the firm’s equity capital markets team in London. He made partner at Ashurst in 2010 and has since become one of the strongest partners in Ashurst’s well regarded ECM team. His client book includes London-listed fund JZ Capital Partners, New York investment bank Jefferies International and boutique investment bank Liberum Capital.

He has worked on a string of IPOs, advising Madame Tussauds owner Merlin Entertainments on its £3.3bn IPO on the London Stock Exchange in late 2013, property manager Tritax Big Box REIT (real estate investment trust) on its listing on the specialist fund market of the LSE later that year. He also led Ashurst’s advice to behavioural healthcare company Cambian on its £190m IPO in early 2014 and worked on the recent £2.3bn gambling merger between Gala Coral and Ladbrokes.

White & Case head of global capital markets Stuart Matty said: ‘White & Case has built a leading ECM practice across EMEA – we advised on around 150 ECM deals in the past couple of years and, according to Bloomberg, advised on more IPOs in EMEA during 2015 than any other law firm.’

He added: ‘As a leading UK ECM lawyer, Jon will help grow our UK IPO practice and, with the majority of ECM deals in the region governed by English law, further support the development of our English law ECM practice.’

Oliver Brettle, London executive partner, added: ‘Jonathan’s arrival is another example of our determination to pursue growth in London, and in our capital markets practice, in line with our strategy to 2020.’