Alston & Bird has gained four new capital markets partners in New York and one in Washington, D.C. JAMES COTINS and MATTHEW LYONS will work together on structured finance matters out of the New York office. STEPHEN ORNSTEIN, based in Washington, D.C., will be working along with New York–based SCOTT SAMLIN on real estate regulation and mortgage finance issues. The fifth partner, RICHARD SIMONDS, will focus on mortgage and asset-backed securitizations. As New York Law Journal reports, all join from Dentons, the firm born from the merger between SNR Denton, Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain, and Salans.

Baker & McKenzie announced two partner hires this week; DONALD GUINEY, to work with the firm’s London capital markets group, and AMANDA TURNILL, a product liability litigator and regulatory lawyer who will be practicing out of the firm’s Sydney office. Guiney joins from the partnership of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he spent the last 16 years, while Turnill was most recently with DLA Piper. Turnill will cochair Baker & McKenzie’s Australian life sciences group.

Electric power lawyer JAY RYAN is moving to the global project practice of Baker Botts in Washington, D.C., where he will handle litigation and regulatory issues as a partner. Previously, Ryan was a partner and member of the executive committee at Van Ness Feldman, a firm that specializes in energy, environment, land use, and real estate matters.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has hired a new shareholder for its Charlotte office, EVAN WOLKOFSKY, from the finance practice of K&L Gates. Wolkofsky primarily represents corporate clients, private equity groups, and banks in commercial lending transactions.

STEPHEN HUMENIK has lateraled to Covington & Burling, where he will advise clients on transactional, regulatory, and policy issues as of counsel. A member of the commodities practice in the Washington, D.C., office, Humenik was previously general counsel and chief regulatory officer at derivatives-focused Eris Exchange.

The former vice-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care litigation group, JOSE ISASI II, has left the firm for Jones Day. Isasi, who joins as a litigation partner, will remain based in Chicago.

After a 10-year stint with the restructuring and insolvency group at Winston & Strawn, DAVID HONIG is now moving to boutique firm Joseph & Cohen. The bankruptcy and restructuring attorney will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

ROBERT BERNS, previously a partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, has lateraled to Kaufman Dolowich Voluck in New Jersey. Joining as a partner, Berns brings experience in professional liability defense, ethics proceedings, insurance matters, and commercial disputes.

BARBARA HOEY has returned to Kelley Drye & Warren as a partner. In 2010, Hoey left Kelley Drye, where she had been for more than 20 years, to become a partner at Littler Mendelson. Three years later, she is returning to her former firm to chair its labor and employment practice.

Locke Lord has continued the expansion of its Hong Kong office with the addition of two new partners and three of counsel. MICHAEL FUNG, previously a partner with Loeb & Loeb, and ADRIAN TAYLOR, last a partner at Squire Sanders, both join as partners. The three of counsel are KING HUI, STEPHEN LO, and ROGER WONG, all from K&L Gates. As reported by sibling publication The Asian Lawyer, these hires come two months after the firm hired five partners from Cheung & Lee, a Hong Kong–based firm.

The cochairs of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft’s global financial restructuring practice, JOHN RAPISARDI and GEORGE DAVIS, have left the firm for O’Melveny & Myers. The Am Law Daily covered the move earlier this week, reporting that the two partners will cohead O’Melveny & Myers’s global restructuring group out of the firm’s New York office.

, who used to serve as the cohead of global arbitration at Herbert Smith Freehills, has moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Paris. Kaplan will be a partner in Orrick’s international arbitration and dispute resolution group, taking on arbitration cases involving gas-pricing disputes.

Orrick also announced the hire of DOUGLAS MINTZ, a restructuring lawyer in Washington, D.C. Joining as of counsel, Mintz was most recently a special counsel at Cadwalader.

SARA CHENETZ has joined the Los Angeles office of Perkins Coie. Chenetz, a partner in the financial transactions and restructuring practice, will be focusing on restructuring, bankruptcy, workouts, and litigation matters. She was previously a partner at Blank Rome.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has bolstered its business trial practice with the recent addition of three new partners, all previously with Hogan Lovells. GARDNER GILLESPIE, DAVE THOMAS, and PAUL WERNER specialize in cable and communications regulatory matters, and the deployment of competitive networks.

Two new partners have joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s national environmental and toxic tort practice in Kansas City. The new lawyers are JAMES THOMPSON, who represents clients in the oil and gas industry on environmental litigation, insurance, compliance, and real property matters, and CHARLENE WRIGHT. Wright works on regulatory matters and litigation related to the energy industry. Both were previously with Lathrop & Gage, where they were partners.

Sidley Austin has welcomed GREGORY SALATHÉ as a partner in its mergers and acquisitions group. Salathé has plans to practice in Singapore, but will first work in the firm’s Tokyo office. Previously a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, his practice focuses on cross-border M&A work, with a particular emphasis on downstream investments.

, a former Reed Smith partner, has joined the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester as a partner in the litigation group. Rimm’s practice concentrates on corporate investigations and white-collar criminal matters.

Also joining Sullivan & Worcester is JOSEPH DARBY III, who will work with the firm’s tax team in Boston. Most recently, Darby was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig.

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