Legal Business

Slaughters adds US capability in Hong Kong as best friends become rivals

Moore becomes first lateral hire in firm’s 125-year history

It had been well telegraphed but even so news that Slaughter and May was making the first lateral hire in its 125-year history to add US securities capability to its Hong Kong arm was enough to send a minor jolt through the global legal profession.

Slaughters unsurprisingly chose a top-notch CV to break with tradition, hiring Morrison & Foerster’s co-head of China capital markets John Moore. Moore, who joined the UK firm in February as its 12th Hong Kong partner, is the former head of the US capital markets team for Herbert Smith and has also previously held senior roles at Sullivan & Cromwell and Goldman Sachs.