Revolving doors: spate of hires from regional UK and niche City firms dominate lateral recruitment  

Revolving doors: spate of hires from regional UK and niche City firms dominate lateral recruitment  

By far the largest group of hires of the latest batch this week has been made by listed LB100 firm Keystone Law, showing the attractiveness of the alternative law firm model to recruits from conventional practices in the current climate.

Keystone has added another 14 new partners – 11 of which were lateral hires – including Stuart Carter, an energy partner from Fieldfisher; IP specialist Fiona Nicholson from Bristows; Edwin Coe employment partner Alexandra Carn; Fletcher Day property litigators Chris Hill and Richard Barnbrook; real estate partners James Daglish and John Downing from Goodman Derrick; litigation specialists Elaine Chan and Robert Kenyon from Ward Hadaway and PDT Solicitors respectively; and corporate partners Anna McGill, who joins from Gordon Brown Law, and Oliver Mellman, who was managing director of Provenance Law.  Continue reading “Revolving doors: spate of hires from regional UK and niche City firms dominate lateral recruitment  “

Revolving doors: Greenberg makes Dutch real estate play in brisk week for lateral hires

Revolving doors: Greenberg makes Dutch real estate play in brisk week for lateral hires

Greenberg Traurig has made a notable team hire in Europe in the past week, with a key partner exiting a leading independent Euro Elite firm in favour of a large international player.

Greenberg, for which real estate is a signature practice in its home market of the US, has bolstered its Amsterdam offering with the addition of an Amsterdam and London team led by partner David van Dijk from leading Benelux independent NautaDutilh. Van Dijk is noted as a leading individual in the Netherlands chapter of The Legal 500 EMEA and has been the head of the international real estate practice at Nauta and a member of the supervisory board of the firm based in Amsterdam, where he has led a robust practice for many years, in both transactional real estate and disputes involving the asset class. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Greenberg makes Dutch real estate play in brisk week for lateral hires”

‘Leading-edge experience’ – Slaughter and May looks in-house to make rare City disputes partner hire

‘Leading-edge experience’ – Slaughter and May looks in-house to make rare City disputes partner hire

Slaughter and May has made a rare City hire, the firm announced today (19 November), recruiting a partner into its disputes and investigations practice from in-house.

Gayathri Kamalanathan is currently head of group litigation and enforcement at Danske Bank in Copenhagen, having been at the bank for almost two years, but is now set to join Slaughters in April. Prior to joining Dankse Bank, Kamalanathan had an eight-year spell at Deutsche Bank where she served as managing director UK head of litigation and enforcement and spent nine years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where she was a senior associate. Continue reading “‘Leading-edge experience’ – Slaughter and May looks in-house to make rare City disputes partner hire”

Revolving doors: partner recruitment takes on more international hue with key hires in Asia and Middle East

Revolving doors: partner recruitment takes on more international hue with key hires in Asia and Middle East

Global 100 heavyweight Milbank has made the most significant lateral hire play of the past week, hiring not one but three private equity specialists in Hong Kong from the Magic Circle.

The firm has hired two Clifford Chance mergers and acquisitions partners, Andrew Whan and Neeraj Budhwani, and Linklaters global head of banking Davide Mencacci. Continue reading “Revolving doors: partner recruitment takes on more international hue with key hires in Asia and Middle East”

Revolving doors: Bumper round of lateral recruitment sees Gibson Dunn hire from Morgan Stanley as Deloitte acquires Kemp Little

Revolving doors: Bumper round of lateral recruitment sees Gibson Dunn hire from Morgan Stanley as Deloitte acquires Kemp Little

Team leader moves, in-house hires and even boutique firm acquisitions have all taken place in the past week as recruitment at home and abroad picked up significantly.

The standout hire of the week was Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher recruiting Matthew Nunan, formerly a managing director and EMEA head of conduct risk at Morgan Stanley, to focus on complex contentious financial regulatory investigations and disputes in London. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was the head of wholesale enforcement at the UK Financial Conduct Authority and previously served as a case controller at the Serious Fraud Office and as a prosecution lawyer for the Department of Trade and Industry. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Bumper round of lateral recruitment sees Gibson Dunn hire from Morgan Stanley as Deloitte acquires Kemp Little”

Revolving Doors: City recruitment lull sees Wilson Sonsini and Ashurst make standout moves as Quinn hires in Paris

Revolving Doors: City recruitment lull sees Wilson Sonsini and Ashurst make standout moves as Quinn hires in Paris

London saw few significant hires over the last week as the City recruitment market underwent a lull, with Ashurst and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  making the only strategic moves. Meanwhile, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Clyde & Co both looked to Paris to strengthen their benches.

Ashurst announced the hire of Markjan van Schaardenburgh from Linklaters to its City corporate practice. With considerable experience in European and Sub Sahara African private equity transactions, van Schaardenburgh represents a significant addition for the firm. Continue reading “Revolving Doors: City recruitment lull sees Wilson Sonsini and Ashurst make standout moves as Quinn hires in Paris”

Revolving Doors: Clydes wins back partner to City regulatory bench as US firms make European plays

Revolving Doors: Clydes wins back partner to City regulatory bench as US firms make European plays

It has been a quieter week in the City recruitment market, with Clyde & Co the only firm to make a notable move while Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher made significant hires on the Continent.

Clyde & Co’s London hire saw disputes and compliance lawyer Rachel Cropper-Mawer join the firm’s regulatory and investigations group. Cropper-Mawer joins from DAC Beachcroft, having previously worked in-house at insurance broker Willis Towers Watson and oil and gas company BP where she had significant responsibilities for compliance issues.  Continue reading “Revolving Doors: Clydes wins back partner to City regulatory bench as US firms make European plays”

Revolving Doors: Bakers and Hill Dickinson the main movers in the City as firms look to Europe for expansion

Revolving Doors: Bakers and Hill Dickinson the main movers in the City as firms look to Europe for expansion

Baker McKenzie and Hill Dickinson were the primary movers in the City recruitment market over the last week as a number of firms looked to bolster their European benches, with Paris and Ireland proving particularly active.

Bakers strengthened its City data protection and cyber practice with the hire of Paul Glass from Taylor Wessing, where he was a partner in the firm’s commercial technology and data group. Glass spearheaded Taylor Wessing’s cybersecurity practice and has advised on issues such as data breaches for 12 years. His practice also includes advising on contentious data protection and litigation, technology and IT disputes, and new and emerging technologies.  Continue reading “Revolving Doors: Bakers and Hill Dickinson the main movers in the City as firms look to Europe for expansion”

Revolving doors: LB100 players make significant team moves as Links finance duo launches boutique

Revolving doors: LB100 players make significant team moves as Links finance duo launches boutique

The past week has seen a focus on team hires and moves, with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and DAC Beachcroft both taking on groups of lawyers from competitor firms. 

Named as the highly commended firm in our Law Firm of the Year category at the Legal Business Awards this week, DAC Beachcroft has hired a five-partner insurance team in Belfast from LB100 top-50 firm BLM.  Continue reading “Revolving doors: LB100 players make significant team moves as Links finance duo launches boutique”

Revolving doors: tech hires dominate a busy week in the lateral recruitment market

Revolving doors: tech hires dominate a busy week in the lateral recruitment market

The past week has seen a number of interesting hires of senior technology specialists at leading firms, as well as the recruitment of former cabinet ministers as special advisers. 

Clifford Chance (CC) made a significant move, hiring a new partner to its tech group – part of the global corporate practice – in London. The firm has hired Simon Persoff from DLA Piper, where he acted as a senior consultant advising on data protection, privacy, cyber security and banking secrecy issues. He brings strong expertise in contentious data issues in addition to a wealth of experience in commercial, outsourcing and telecoms regulatory issues from over a decade in wider strategic management roles for several corporate enterprises, including Orange, where he was director of legal & regulatory, and Freeserve.  Continue reading “Revolving doors: tech hires dominate a busy week in the lateral recruitment market”