Revolving Doors: Signature Litigation launches in Paris while Kirkland and Mishcon make City moves

Revolving Doors: Signature Litigation launches in Paris while Kirkland and Mishcon make City moves

The January shopping spree is well underway with firms making moves at home and abroad last week, most significantly in City dispute specialists Signature Litigation crossing the channel to open shop in Paris.

Kirkland & Ellis, meanwhile, continued its expansion in the City with a tax hire and Mishcon de Reya filled the gap left by Alison Levitt QC in London. Continue reading “Revolving Doors: Signature Litigation launches in Paris while Kirkland and Mishcon make City moves”

CMS adds to Northern line up with Liverpool launch

CMS adds to Northern line up with Liverpool launch

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has extended its chain of northern offices with a Liverpool office opening following a hire from DWF, its first launch since its tripartite merger with Nabarro and Olswang in 2017.

The new office – located in Exchange Flags amidst Liverpool’s commercial district – will complement legacy Nabarro’s Manchester and Sheffield offices. DWF real estate partner Abigail Dry has been hired for the Liverpool launch, but the firm would not comment as to how many employees will be driving the opening. Liverpool is the firm’s tenth UK office. Continue reading “CMS adds to Northern line up with Liverpool launch”

Accountants keep coming as Deloitte hires A&O banking partner as UK legal head

Accountants keep coming as Deloitte hires A&O banking partner as UK legal head

Deloitte has made a clear statement of intent in legal services by announcing today (14 January) that it has lured Allen & Overy (A&O) banking partner Michael Castle across to lead its UK legal arm, as the Big Four outfit looks for greater traction in the legal sector.

Based in Deloitte’s London office, Castle will now lead a technology-orientated legal offering for Deloitte, having spent more than two decades at A&O. Becoming an partner in 2007, Castle was not a standout name in a finance department replete with leading individuals but did gain profile in recent years after unsuccessfully running for the managing partner role at A&O, before eventually being beaten by current leader Andrew Ballheimer. Continue reading “Accountants keep coming as Deloitte hires A&O banking partner as UK legal head”

‘A global solution’: Pinsents hires six partners for Frankfurt launch as DLA expands in Dublin

‘A global solution’: Pinsents hires six partners for Frankfurt launch as DLA expands in Dublin

Pinsent Masons has hired six partners from a range of firms for a new Frankfurt office, the firm’s third opening in Germany since 2012.

Frankfurt follows moves into Munich and Düsseldorf for Pinsents in 2012 and 2016 respectively. The new office will focus on the technology, energy and real estate sectors initially with an eye to developing in financial services. Continue reading “‘A global solution’: Pinsents hires six partners for Frankfurt launch as DLA expands in Dublin”

White & Case loses two capital markets veterans as Bakers ramps up City transactional investment

White & Case loses two capital markets veterans as Bakers ramps up City transactional investment

Baker McKenzie has kicked off 2019 with another step towards its long-stated aim of beefing up its London transactional capabilities, hiring capital markets partners Rob Mathews and David Becker from White & Case.

Veteran Mathews played a key role in White & Case’s high-yield practice and led on a number of large mandates including the $10bn refinancing of Wind Tre in 2017. Continue reading “White & Case loses two capital markets veterans as Bakers ramps up City transactional investment”

Dechert bolsters European funds team with key City and Dublin hires

Dechert bolsters European funds team with key City and Dublin hires

Dechert has ramped up investment in its European funds business with a pair of hires, including Marianna Tothova in London from Ashurst.

The hire of Tothova, which comes amid a pacey recruitment drive for the US firm in London in recent months, coincides with that of Carol Widger from Maples and Calder as the managing partner of its Dublin office. Continue reading “Dechert bolsters European funds team with key City and Dublin hires”

Revolving doors: DAC Beachcroft christens new year with Paris opening as WFW, Cooley and HFW make European hires

Revolving doors: DAC Beachcroft christens new year with Paris opening as WFW, Cooley and HFW make European hires

DAC Beachcroft has extended its European footprint with the opening of a new two-partner Paris office, while Watson Farley & Williams, Holman Fenwick Willan and Cooley also kicked off 2019 with key lateral hires.

The new Paris office is DAC’s first in France and its 12th worldwide. Two partners have been hired from local firm HMN to staff the new branch: Vladimir Rostan d’Ancezune, who will head the office, while Christophe Wucher North also joins. Continue reading “Revolving doors: DAC Beachcroft christens new year with Paris opening as WFW, Cooley and HFW make European hires”

Revolving Doors: Fieldfisher lands new energy co-head as King & Spalding and Pinsents strengthen City benches

Revolving Doors: Fieldfisher lands new energy co-head as King & Spalding and Pinsents strengthen City benches

Firms began their Christmas shopping in earnest last week, with LB100 pacesetter Fieldfisher strengthening its energy practice while Pinsent Masons recruited in structured finance and King & Spalding enhanced its City corporate practice.

Meanwhile, TLT made a hire in the regions as Bird & Bird and Dentons made moves abroad.

Continue reading “Revolving Doors: Fieldfisher lands new energy co-head as King & Spalding and Pinsents strengthen City benches”

Revolving Doors: Greenberg capitalises on Ropes & Gray’s real estate cutback as Gowling and BWB make City moves

Revolving Doors: Greenberg capitalises on Ropes & Gray’s real estate cutback as Gowling and BWB make City moves

There were signs of a pre-Christmas pick up in the City lateral market last week with Greenberg Traurig the leader following a double hire from US counterparts Ropes & Gray.

Gowling WLG, meanwhile, made a significant London hire to its planning and environment practice as Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) brought in a team from Pennington Manches. Continue reading “Revolving Doors: Greenberg capitalises on Ropes & Gray’s real estate cutback as Gowling and BWB make City moves”

Changing of the guard at Shakespeares and Shoosmiths with CEO appointments

Changing of the guard at Shakespeares and Shoosmiths with CEO appointments

Regional player Shakespeare Martineau and national firm Shoosmiths have both implemented change at the top with the appointments of new chief executives.

Shakespeares made a rare leadership hire from another firm, bringing on Browne Jacobson chief operating officer Sarah Walker-Smith (pictured) as chief executive. Walker-Smith replaces long-serving chief executive Andy Raynor, who announced his intention to step down earlier this year, at the Midlands firm. Continue reading “Changing of the guard at Shakespeares and Shoosmiths with CEO appointments”