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McGuireWoods, which opened in San Francisco last year, has bolstered its financial institutions team in the city with four partners from Chapman and Cutler, including the latter’s local office leader.

Peter Szurley, who headed Chapman and Cutler’s San Francisco office for the past two years, has joined McGuireWoods’ debt finance department with three other partners. Also making the move to the firm are Chapman and Cutler banking and financial services partners Gregory Clore and Jeffrey Browning, as well as restructuring partner Todd Dressel.

Szurley, Clore and Browning have worked together for more than a decade, Szurley said, beginning when they were all at 10-lawyer financial services boutique Gnazzo Thill. Chapman and Cutler, an Am Law 200 firm based in Chicago with about 250 lawyers, opened its San Francisco office in 2003 after acquiring Gnazzo Thill.

“We’ve found that notwithstanding the great time that we had at Chapman, the McGuireWoods platform ends up being a lot closer to what we do on a daily basis,” Szurley said. “The folks at McGuireWoods have connections out on the East Coast that we didn’t necessarily have, and we have connections on the West Coast that they didn’t have.”

Szurley said McGuireWoods’ emphasis on cross-marketing and collaboration across different practice groups also helped sell him on the 990-lawyer firm, which saw gross revenue rise about 4 percent in 2016, to $682 million. Meanwhile, Chapman and Cutler’s gross revenue inched up 1.8 percent last year, to $196.5 million.

McGuireWoods, which is based in Richmond, Virginia, made a splash in the Bay Area a year ago this month by recruiting a financial services litigation group from Reed Smith led by partners Mary Hackett and David Powell. The team, which has a reported $60 million to $70 million in business, does work for Bank of America Corp., a key McGuireWoods client. The firm moved from a temporary space into a permanent location earlier this year, and it now has 20 lawyers in the city.

“These exceptional lawyers have stellar reputations in the Bay Area and beyond, and their arrival at McGuireWoods is an important step in advancing our strategy to broaden our transactional and litigation capabilities for the benefit of our many leading financial institution clients,” Powell said in a statement released by the firm. “We are delighted to welcome them.”

McGuireWoods has been busy this year growing its financial services expertise. The firm added Consumer Financial Protection Bureau senior counsel Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke and Bank of America associate general counsel Cynthia Guerin last moth litigation partners in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas, respectively. The firm also recruited Michael Adams, a retired U.S. Navy commander and former top legal adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a data privacy and security partner in Charlotte. In London, McGuireWoods hired debt finance and derivatives partner Jennifer Kafcas from O’Melveny & Myers, a firm she joined as senior counsel in 2015.

February also saw McGuireWoods bring on Robert Wasinger, a former staffer to President Donald Trump’s election campaign, as a nonlawyer senior vice president of public affairs for McGuireWoods Consulting in Washington, D.C. But the firm has also seen some departures.

Foley & Lardner grew its securities enforcement and litigation practice in New York last month with a five-lawyer team from McGuireWoods led by partners Allison Charney and Jeremy Freeman. And last week Cozen O’Connor started a state attorneys general practice by hiring McGuireWoods partner and former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, as noted by sibling publication The National Law Journal. Kilgore will work out of Cozen O’Connor’s office in Washington, D.C., and his home in the Richmond suburb of Short Pump, Virginia.

McGuireWoods, which opened in San Francisco last year, has bolstered its financial institutions team in the city with four partners from Chapman and Cutler , including the latter’s local office leader.

Peter Szurley, who headed Chapman and Cutler ’s San Francisco office for the past two years, has joined McGuireWoods’ debt finance department with three other partners. Also making the move to the firm are Chapman and Cutler banking and financial services partners Gregory Clore and Jeffrey Browning, as well as restructuring partner Todd Dressel.

Szurley, Clore and Browning have worked together for more than a decade, Szurley said, beginning when they were all at 10-lawyer financial services boutique Gnazzo Thill. Chapman and Cutler , an Am Law 200 firm based in Chicago with about 250 lawyers, opened its San Francisco office in 2003 after acquiring Gnazzo Thill.

“We’ve found that notwithstanding the great time that we had at Chapman, the McGuireWoods platform ends up being a lot closer to what we do on a daily basis,” Szurley said. “The folks at McGuireWoods have connections out on the East Coast that we didn’t necessarily have, and we have connections on the West Coast that they didn’t have.”

Szurley said McGuireWoods’ emphasis on cross-marketing and collaboration across different practice groups also helped sell him on the 990-lawyer firm, which saw gross revenue rise about 4 percent in 2016, to $682 million. Meanwhile, Chapman and Cutler ’s gross revenue inched up 1.8 percent last year, to $196.5 million.

McGuireWoods, which is based in Richmond, Virginia , made a splash in the Bay Area a year ago this month by recruiting a financial services litigation group from Reed Smith led by partners Mary Hackett and David Powell. The team, which has a reported $60 million to $70 million in business, does work for Bank of America Corp. , a key McGuireWoods client. The firm moved from a temporary space into a permanent location earlier this year, and it now has 20 lawyers in the city.

“These exceptional lawyers have stellar reputations in the Bay Area and beyond, and their arrival at McGuireWoods is an important step in advancing our strategy to broaden our transactional and litigation capabilities for the benefit of our many leading financial institution clients,” Powell said in a statement released by the firm. “We are delighted to welcome them.”

McGuireWoods has been busy this year growing its financial services expertise. The firm added Consumer Financial Protection Bureau senior counsel Alexandra Villarreal O’Rourke and Bank of America associate general counsel Cynthia Guerin last moth litigation partners in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas, respectively. The firm also recruited Michael Adams, a retired U.S. Navy commander and former top legal adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a data privacy and security partner in Charlotte. In London, McGuireWoods hired debt finance and derivatives partner Jennifer Kafcas from O’Melveny & Myers , a firm she joined as senior counsel in 2015.

February also saw McGuireWoods bring on Robert Wasinger, a former staffer to President Donald Trump’s election campaign, as a nonlawyer senior vice president of public affairs for McGuireWoods Consulting in Washington, D.C. But the firm has also seen some departures.

Foley & Lardner grew its securities enforcement and litigation practice in New York last month with a five-lawyer team from McGuireWoods led by partners Allison Charney and Jeremy Freeman. And last week Cozen O’Connor started a state attorneys general practice by hiring McGuireWoods partner and former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, as noted by sibling publication The National Law Journal. Kilgore will work out of Cozen O’Connor ’s office in Washington, D.C., and his home in the Richmond suburb of Short Pump, Virginia .