Revolving doors: A&O enters La La Land with group hire as DLA Piper lures former Freshfields finance chief

Revolving doors: A&O enters La La Land with group hire as DLA Piper lures former Freshfields finance chief

Allen & Overy  has launched a West Coast US practice, acquiring Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s project finance and renewables team in the US.

As a result, the team co-led by partners Dan Sinaiko and John Marciano will establish a new presence in Los Angeles for A&O. The team also comprises partners Greg Lavigne, Matthew Nesburn, Andrea Wang Lucan and Sam Kamyans, as well as ‘a large group of associates and counsel.’ Continue reading “Revolving doors: A&O enters La La Land with group hire as DLA Piper lures former Freshfields finance chief”

Revolving doors: Linklaters senior partner candidate replaces Moriarty at Diageo as accountancy GC lands at Clydes

Revolving doors: Linklaters senior partner candidate replaces Moriarty at Diageo as accountancy GC lands at Clydes

There was an in-house flavour to this week’s recruitment round, while Addleshaw Goddard, Davis Polk, Paul Hastings and Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath all made key partner hires.

Linklaters has lost its partner and global US practice head Tom Shropshire (pictured), as he departs to take over the GC and company secretary position at multinational beverage company Diageo, recently vacated by the long-serving GC Powerlist member Siobhán Moriarty. Moriarty announced her intention to retire last September after more than 24 years of service. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Linklaters senior partner candidate replaces Moriarty at Diageo as accountancy GC lands at Clydes”

Revolving doors: A&O makes Manhattan finance move as Slaughters sees rare partner departure

Revolving doors: A&O makes Manhattan finance move as Slaughters sees rare partner departure

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made a significant US leveraged finance play by hiring a partner from White & Case, as a host of firms added to their benches internationally.

Jake Mincemoyer has been appointed head of A&O’s US leveraged finance practice in New York, having previously led White & Case’s Americas banking department. He brings experience in all aspects of the leveraged lending market, and spent several years in White & Case’s London office.   Continue reading “Revolving doors: A&O makes Manhattan finance move as Slaughters sees rare partner departure”

Revolving doors: Quinn hires Simmons disputes head in London-focused recruitment round 

Revolving doors: Quinn hires Simmons disputes head in London-focused recruitment round 

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has reinforced its considerable disputes strength with a senior hire, as a host of firms focused on London for their partner recruitment.

Paul Baker, Simmons & Simmons head of dispute resolution in the UK, has joined US litigation heavyweight Quinn Emanuel as a partner in London. With a specific focus on financial disputes, Baker also led Simmons’ reputation management practice.   Continue reading “Revolving doors: Quinn hires Simmons disputes head in London-focused recruitment round “

‘Watch this space’: Simpson Thacher belies cautious reputation with European restructuring and antitrust push

‘Watch this space’: Simpson Thacher belies cautious reputation with European restructuring and antitrust push

Those familiar with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s modus operandi will barely know what’s hit them this month as the usually conservative New York  outfit launched a European restructuring practice and announced a Brussels office within a couple of days of each other.

The addition of a London restructuring practice to serve Europe is something of a coup coming as it does at a time when market commentators are predicting an uptick in distressed transactions on the back of the coronavirus downturn. Perhaps even more importantly, the move deprives Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer of one of the most influential partners of its heavyweight restructuring team in the form of Adam Gallagher. A partner since 2007, Gallagher will be joined by James Watson, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis since 2017 and a fellow Freshfields alumnus.   Continue reading “‘Watch this space’: Simpson Thacher belies cautious reputation with European restructuring and antitrust push”

Revolving doors: Pinsents and Addleshaws plant new flags in Europe as firms make key partner hires

Revolving doors: Pinsents and Addleshaws plant new flags in Europe as firms make key partner hires

Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard have made significant office openings in Europe, while a host of other firms have expanded their benches worldwide this past week.

Pinsents has unveiled plans to launch its first office in the Netherlands, hiring partner Wouter Seinen from Baker McKenzie to lead its new Amsterdam base. Seinen specialises in data protection, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence counsel across the technology market, which will be the main focus of the new office. Continue reading “Revolving doors: Pinsents and Addleshaws plant new flags in Europe as firms make key partner hires”

Revolving Doors: International hires continue as firms increase Asia focus

Revolving Doors: International hires continue as firms increase Asia focus

Maintaining the international flavour of recent lateral hiring activity, Clifford Chance, Kirkland & Ellis, RPC and Reed Smith have all announced hires overseas this past week.

In Asia, G100 heavyweight Kirkland has strengthened its Hong Kong capital markets practice with the hire of partner Mengyu Lu, who arrives from Sidley Austin. Lu’s expertise lies in advising on IPOs, M&A and post-listing compliance matters. David Zhang, a partner in Kirkland’s Asia corporate group, described Lu as a ‘rising star’. He added: ‘We are confident that she will bolster our market-leading capital markets practice in Asia.’ Continue reading “Revolving Doors: International hires continue as firms increase Asia focus”

Revolving doors: Frenetic recruitment continues as firms look abroad for additions

Revolving doors: Frenetic recruitment continues as firms look abroad for additions

In what has been a fast-paced start to 2021, a host of firms including Hogan Lovells, Shearman & Sterling, Clyde & Co, Goodwin, Greenberg Traurig and HFW have contributed to a largely international set of lateral partner hires this past week.

Starting in the UK, Allen & Overy has lost a distinguished solicitor-advocate in the form of Matthew Gearing QC, who leaves to join heavyweight set Essex Court Chambers. Taking silk in 2014, Gearing QC was mainly based in A&O’s Hong Kong office where he co-headed the firm’s global arbitration group.   Continue reading “Revolving doors: Frenetic recruitment continues as firms look abroad for additions”

Revolving doors: New year hiring spree continues with additions for international and UK players

Revolving doors: New year hiring spree continues with additions for international and UK players

Firms have doubled down on their recruitment efforts in the new year as the likes of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), K&L Gates, Mishcon de Reya, Morrison & Foerster and Keystone Law all made hires.

Shakespeare Martineau, Burges Salmon, Lewis Silkin, McDermott Will & Emery, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Squire Patton Boggs were also active in the recruitment market in the past week. Continue reading “Revolving doors: New year hiring spree continues with additions for international and UK players”

Revolving doors: ‘Talismanic’ Dolman heads to Latham amid surge in City hires over holidays

Revolving doors: ‘Talismanic’ Dolman heads to Latham amid surge in City hires over holidays

The City hiring push scarcely abated during the holiday season, with a host of laterals announced just before and just after the break. The most significant was the announced departure of Travers Smith veteran and private equity star Paul Dolman for Latham & Watkins. 

The move marks the loss of one of Travers’ most high-profile corporate partners as well as one widely considered to be immovable after 23 years at the City stalwart. Dolman has been a Travers partner since 2006 and in 2019 was appointed co-head of corporate alongside the influential Spencer Summerfield, in addition to his existing role of head of private equity and financial sponsors.  Continue reading “Revolving doors: ‘Talismanic’ Dolman heads to Latham amid surge in City hires over holidays”