Paul Hastings targets private equity again with Hogan Lovells trio

Paul Hastings targets private equity again with Hogan Lovells trio

Paul Hastings has made a significant private equity play at the expense of Hogan Lovells, hiring a three-partner transatlantic team.

Ed Harris – who led Hogan Lovell’s private equity practice in the City – joins alongside Leanne Moezi in London, while Virginia-based partner Adam Brown joins Paul Hastings’ Washington office. Continue reading “Paul Hastings targets private equity again with Hogan Lovells trio”

Italian job: HSF hires two partners from Paul Hastings in Milan energy drive

Italian job: HSF hires two partners from Paul Hastings in Milan energy drive

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired a six-strong energy and infrastructure team from Paul Hastings, with two partners and four associates joining the Anglo-Australian firm in Milan.

Lorenzo Parola will decamp Paul Hastings, where he chaired the firm’s EU energy and infrastructure practice, and is joined by Milan-based partner Francesca Morra. Parola focuses on energy projects development, while Morra has experience on energy regulation and competition law. Continue reading “Italian job: HSF hires two partners from Paul Hastings in Milan energy drive”

Revolving doors: Baker McKenzie expands £40m City tax practice as Eversheds makes multiple hires

Revolving doors: Baker McKenzie expands £40m City tax practice as Eversheds makes multiple hires

In a muted week for lateral recruitment, Baker McKenzie and Eversheds Sutherland made hires in the City, while Eversheds also grew on the continent.

Baker McKenzie hired tax partner Prabhu Narasimhan to its London office. Narasimhan joins from White & Case and has experience in advising and delivering cross-border mandates, acting for corporate, private equity and family office clients globally. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Baker McKenzie expands £40m City tax practice as Eversheds makes multiple hires”

Revolving doors: Ashurst bolsters project finance as Eversheds expands in the Netherlands

Revolving doors: Ashurst bolsters project finance as Eversheds expands in the Netherlands

In a week dominated by European hires, Ashurst and Dentons turned to the City with hires in project finance and data privacy, respectively.

Eversheds Sutherland, CMS and Pinsent Masons, meanwhile, all expanded on the continent, with Eversheds adding three partners. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Ashurst bolsters project finance as Eversheds expands in the Netherlands”

Revolving doors: Dechert makes hires from Sidley and Hill Dickinson expands its commodities team

Revolving doors: Dechert makes hires from Sidley and Hill Dickinson expands its commodities team

The lateral hires market has seen significant moves recently with Dechert hiring more partners from Sidley Austin, Crowell & Moring making another hire from Squire Patton Boggs and Hill Dickinson expanding the firm’s commodities team with two partners.

Dechert added to its global finance and litigation practices with the recruitment of Aparna Sehgal and Simon Fawell from Sidley, following structured finance partner John McGrath, who recently joined from the same firm. Furthermore, Dorothy Cory-Wright was appointed last year as head of disputes and is also from Sidley. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Dechert makes hires from Sidley and Hill Dickinson expands its commodities team”

Former Ashurst managing partner Collis quits for Squire Patton Boggs

Former Ashurst managing partner Collis quits for Squire Patton Boggs

Ashurst lifer and former managing partner James Collis has quit the firm to join the London arm of Squire Patton Boggs.

The finance partner, whose practice focuses on acquisition finance and general banking law, was at the helm of Ashurst for four years until June 2016, when he was replaced by current managing partner Paul Jenkins. Continue reading “Former Ashurst managing partner Collis quits for Squire Patton Boggs”

Taylor Wessing beset by Goodwin’s City expansion as four more partners defect

Taylor Wessing beset by Goodwin’s City expansion as four more partners defect

Goodwin Procter has made good on its promise to build out its City technology and life sciences bench having again targeted Taylor Wessing, this time for a four-partner team.

On the back of a pacey 58% revenue growth for the 2018 financial year in London, Goodwin has hired Malcolm Bates, David Mardle, Tim Worden and Adrian Rainey to its life sciences and technology companies practices. Continue reading “Taylor Wessing beset by Goodwin’s City expansion as four more partners defect”

City O’Melveny exodus continues as Akin Gump hires private equity funds duo

City O’Melveny exodus continues as Akin Gump hires private equity funds duo

The London woes of Allen & Overy’s prospective merger partner O’Melveny & Myers have continued with the loss of private equity funds lawyers John Daghlian and Mary Lavelle to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

The path from O’Melveny to Akin Gump has become a well-trodden one of late after private equity funds partners Daniel Quinn and Aleksander Bakic decamped in April for the Texas-bred firm’s investment management practice and transactional platform in London. Continue reading “City O’Melveny exodus continues as Akin Gump hires private equity funds duo”

‘Necessary bandwidth’: Addleshaws lures deal finance veteran from McDermott

‘Necessary bandwidth’: Addleshaws lures deal finance veteran from McDermott

Amid a quiet month for the lateral recruitment market in London, Addleshaw Goddard made the most significant play, bolstering its City banking practice with the hire of leveraged finance partner Peter Crichton from US firm McDermott Will & Emery. Well known in the deal community, Crichton joins Addleshaws’ active mid-market practice led by Alex Dumphy.

Crichton’s career as an acquisition finance lawyer saw him act for AIB, HSBC, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander on Caledonia’s acquisition of the drinks business Liberation Group in 2016 and AIB, HSBC and Santander on the refinancing of the Jockey Club. He has spent around 16 years advising on the debtor side of the loan markets and specialising in leveraged finance, becoming partner at DLA Piper and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang before joining McDermott before the three-way merger took effect in 2017. Continue reading “‘Necessary bandwidth’: Addleshaws lures deal finance veteran from McDermott”

Significant hires

Significant hires
    • US giant Kirkland & Ellis has lost private equity duo David Arnold and Gavin Gordon (pictured) to Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Long-rumoured to be on their way out of the City office, the pair joined Kirkland from Ashurst in 2010 in one of the firm’s first major private equity lateral hires in London. Clients Gordon has worked with include Cinven, ABRY Partners, KKR and Vista, while Arnold’s list include CapVest Partners and Montagu Private Equity (see Deal View).

 

    • Watson Farley & Williams head of litigation and arbitration Andrew Savage has joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in the dispute resolution team in London as the firm looks to bolster its international arbitration practice. Savage spent 15 years at Watson Farley, becoming head of litigation in 2007.
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