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DECHERT GRABS 65 FROM SWIDLER’S N.Y. OFFICE NEW YORK — Dechert has recruited 65 lawyers from Washington, D.C.’s Swidler Berlin Shereff & Friedman, effectively acquiring its New York office. The move adds 57 Swidler Berlin lawyers to Dechert’s New York office, bringing the total to 170. In a separately negotiated deal, Dechert is adding an eight-lawyer antitrust group from Swidler Berlin in Washington. The New York group includes 25 partners mostly divided between corporate and white-collar litigation practices. Dechert Chairman Barton Winokur said the Swidler Berlin lawyers will be a “perfect fit” with his firm’s core transactional practices in the private equity and investment management areas. He said he expected the move to send a strong signal to clients and potential lateral partners about Philadelphia-based Dechert’s commitment to the New York market. “People have asked us if we are committed to this office,” said Winokur. New York, he said, “is where we have our biggest concentration of clients. This is a very significant increase for us. It gives us a lot more critical mass.” — New York Law Journal CLIFFORD CHANCE CHIEF TO MOVE TO NEW YORK In a move to affirm his law firm’s commitment to the U.S. market, Clifford Chance’s global managing partner, Peter Cornell, has announced he will relocate to New York. Cornell, 52, will become the first head of one of London’s Magic Circle of leading corporate law firms to be resident in the United States. His announcement comes as Clifford Chance’s U.S. expansion has been hampered by partner departures on both the East and West coasts. Cornell announced his plans to U.S. partners in a Dec. 24 memo. He wrote that his relocation “will confirm to our partners and staff and to our clients the importance to the firm of our U.S. offices and our determination to further build our U.S. practices.” He said he would be back in touch after Jan. 1 to put forth a proposal on how the firm’s U.S. management could be made more representative. Cornell no longer practices law, but works full time at running the firm, which is among the world’s largest with 3,300 lawyers. He became firmwide managing partner in 2002 after holding a number of other senior administrative positions. He could not be reached for comment Monday. John Carroll, the firm’s managing partner for the Americas, said he thought Cornell’s presence in New York would have a positive impact on both the firm’s partners and its clients. He stressed that Cornell’s move was not a reaction to the recent string of departures that have plagued the firm over past year. — New York Law Journal

NEW PARTNERS

HELLER EHRMAN ELEVATES 14 IN PARTNER CLASS Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe announced Monday the promotion of 14 attorneys to its shareholder class effective immediately. Three shareholders were named in the San Francisco office. Howard Caro, 33, who specializes in securities litigation, earned his J.D. in 1997 from Columbia Law School. Christine Saunders Haskett, 34, an IP litigator, earned her J.D. in 1996 from Hastings College of the Law. David Paulson, 36, a real estate lawyer, earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Michigan Law School. Three attorneys were promoted in the firm’s two Menlo Park offices. Matthew Gosling, 33, a corporate securities and M&A lawyer, earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Chicago Law School. Michael Markman, 32, an IP litigator, earned his J.D. in 1997 from Hastings College of the Law. Amy Elizabeth Paye, 35, who joined Heller as part of its merger in 2003 with Venture Law Group, represents private and public emerging growth companies. She earned her J.D. in 1995 from Georgetown University Law Center. Shareholders were named also in Heller’s offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. The class is as large as the one named in 2001, at the tail-end of the tech boom. Last year, nine shareholders were named. — Marie-Anne Hogarth

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