The annual running of the laterals does not usually occur until January, but with our semi-regular moves column having been on hiatus for a few weeks, our email inbox is ready to burst with news on hires from throughout the Big Law world.
In an effort to clear some of that backlog before next year’s deluge, we begin with two new firms preparing to go live after Jan. 1, 2017. Eversheds Sutherland is the 2,300-lawyer legal giant that could be formed if partners at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and British firm Eversheds approve a potential combination before year’s end. Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, a union confirmed earlier this month between between two Am Law 100 firms, has got a head start on hiring in its bid to join the Global 100, The American Lawyer’s list of the world’s largest firms by head count.
Arnold & Porter, with 666 lawyers and $650 million in gross revenue for 2015, should shoot up the Global 100 ranks after merging with 370-lawyer Kaye Scholer, which had $370 million in gross revenue last year. The combined firm is expected to have roughly 1,000 lawyers and more than a $1 billion in total revenue. Arnold & Porter recently brought back former international arbitration partner PATRICIO GRANE LABAT in London, where he left the firm in 2013 for Volterra Fietta, an arbitration boutique that saw a name partner depart a year ago. Labat’s hire came a week after Arnold & Porter added white-collar partner SEAN CURRAN in London from Gurney Clark & Ryan, a local shop where he has advised clients facing probes from the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office.
Legal Week, a London-based sibling publication, also recently reported on Arnold & Porter’s addition of ROB BRATBY, a technology partner at Olswang and former head of Asia at the British firm, which is on the cusp of its own merger due to go live on May 1, 2017. Arnold & Porter, which is pursuing its tie-up with Kaye Scholer in a bid to expand beyond its powerbase in Washington, D.C., also added ANTHONY SAMSON in September as a senior attorney and policy adviser in Sacramento. Samson previously worked at the California Chamber of Commerce, where he was a policy advocate on environmental and land use issues.
As for Kaye Scholer, the firm hired technology and digital transactions counsel AMY LAUREN in New York this summer from American Express Co., where she was a vice president and senior counsel for digital partnerships and development and counsel for enterprise growth. Kaye Scholer counsel GREGG BENSON left the firm’s New York headquarters to become a partner at leading Canadian firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in the Big Apple. ROBERT CLAASSEN, a partner who joined Kaye Scholer’s Silicon Valley office two years ago, also left the firm earlier this year. He is currently a partner with venture capital fund Camp One Ventures LLC in Palo Alto, California.
Eversheds, the Birmingham, England-based firm that saw tie-up talks with Foley & Lardner end last year ahead of its announcement this week with Sutherland Asbill, added K&L Gates labor and employment partner MANFRED HACK in Berlin, where he joined his former firm earlier this year from Greenberg Traurig. As for Sutherland Asbill, the firm added energy, environmental and commodities partner JONATHAN GOTTLIEB in Washington, D.C., from Stinson Leonard Street, where he was a partner in the firm’s energy group since its formation via a merger in 2014.
Sutherland Asbill snagged King & Spalding real estate investment partner KRISTINA KOPF THOMAS this month in Atlanta, according to sibling publication the Daily Report. Atlanta was where Sutherland Asbill added special counsel ANNA HALSEY for its IP and complex litigation group from Robins Kaplan, where she was an attorney, while also hiring special counsel DAMIAN GEORGINO for its corporate, energy and water practice. Georgino was previously counsel with Leech Tishman in Pittsburgh. Sutherland Asbill senior counsel BARRY STOPLER, who joined the firm’s New York office earlier this year after serving as managing director and head of global tax risk and legislation at Swiss Re AG, is now a managing director at global accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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The American Lawyer reported in October on Baker & McKenzie’s hire of 10 lawyers in Zurich—led by M&A partners BEAT BARTHOLD and PASCAL RICHARD, banking and finance partner ANSGAR SCHOTT, antitrust partner BORIS WENGER and IP and IT partner ALESSANDRO CELLI—from Swiss firm Froriep. Baker & McKenzie also hired health care and life sciences partner CHRISTOPH WILD in Zurich from local shop Wenger Plattner. Allen & Overy counsel FILIP KURKOWSKI joined Baker & McKenzie as a finance partner in Frankfurt. Baker & McKenzie built up its Berlin office this summer by recruiting a Taylor Wessing team led by corporate partners THOMAS DORMER and TIM HEITLING, who brought with them senior associates-turned-partners CLAIRE POLTE and DANIEL NEUDECKER. A year after joining Jones Day in Luxembourg, investment funds and asset management partner CATHERINE MARTOUGIN decamped for Baker & McKenzie’s office in the country, where the global legal giant opened an office in late 2010.
Baker & McKenzie’s Moscow office, one of the first by a Western firm in Russia, hired tax partner KATARZYNA KOPCZEWSKA earlier this year from accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was a director. Baker & McKenzie, which this summer elevated a London-based partner to its top leadership role, picked up tax partner STEPHEN LABRUM for its transfer pricing team in London from KPMG LLP. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld brought on Baker & McKenzie partner JASPER HELDER in London, where he will lead his new firm’s international trade practice, according to The American Lawyer. In Toronto, Baker & McKenzie added of counsel JAMES SMALL for its international trade and investment advice practice. Small was previously a co-founder and managing director of the Brussels-based Atlantic Strategy Group. Magic Circle spinoff Kinstellar landed Baker & McKenzie partner PETER VOROS in Budapest, where in September he became his new firm’s local head of competition and litigation.
Baker & McKenzie brought on policy and regulatory partner ROSZELL “ROD” HUNTER for its commercial group in Washington, D.C., from his role as senior vice president for institutional affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, which tax filings show paid him $655,893 in 2014. Baker & McKenzie added food and drug regulatory partners NEIL O’FLAHERTY and JUR STROBOS in the nation’s capital from Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz. Baker & McKenzie, which also recently brought back a nonlawyer transfer pricing economist as its director of economics in Washington, D.C., added antitrust partner CRAIG LEE in the city earlier this month from the U.S. Department of Justice. Lee most recently served as assistant chief of the department’s Washington Criminal 1 section. In August, Baker & McKenzie added Sutherland Asbill private wealth and tax planning partner JENNIFER MOLNAR in Washington, D.C.
Baker & McKenzie also hired Kaye Scholer corporate partner STEVEN CANNER and Withers tax planning partner PATRICK COX in New York. In Chicago, Baker & McKenzie added Reed Smith tax counsel ADAM BECKERINK, tax partner DAVID BEREK from local shop Horwood, Marcus & Berk and tax partner DANIEL CULLEN from Bryan Cave, where he headed the tax group and co-headed the firm’s real estate, private equity, real estate investment trust and strategic planning committee. Baker & McKenzie also brought on franchise and distribution counsel CHRISTINA CONLIN in Chicago from Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s Corp., where she served as managing counsel for global compliance and safety at the fast-food giant. Baker & McKenzie hired DAVID CALLAWAY, chief of the criminal division at the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco, as a partner for its North American litigation and government enforcement practice. Partner ALAIN MEGIAS left Baker & McKenzie’s Bay Area base in July to become a private investor.
Florida’s Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod bagged Baker & McKenzie tax and wealth management partner JENNIFER WIONCEK in September for its estate planning practice in Miami. CAROLINE LONG, a banking and finance partner at Baker & McKenzie in Bahrain, left the firm this summer to become a consultant. ROWAN MCMONNIES, an antitrust partner who joined Baker & McKenzie’s Sydney office in mid-2014, left earlier this month after being named managing director of the Australian Egg Corp. Ltd. King & Wood Mallesons hired Baker & McKenzie special counsel KAI CHANG YONG last month as a corporate partner in Shanghai. REMINGTON HUANG, a Baker & McKenzie partner in Taipei, recently left the firm amid reports that he is poised to take a judicial role in Taiwan. JOSE JOAQUIN UGARTE, a competition co-head at Baker & McKenzie in Santiago, Chile, started a new firm on Oct. 1 called Ugarte Ried y Correa with former Baker & McKenzie antitrust partner SANTIAGO RIED UNDURRAGA, according to Latin Lawyer.
The American Lawyer reported in October on Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft restocking its litigation group by bringing back former partner JASON HALPER in New York, where he left the firm two years ago to serve as co-chair of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe’s financial services litigation group. Also headed to Cadwalader in New York is special counsel JOSEPH FACCIPONTI, a former federal prosecutor who most recently served as deputy head of global investigations at HSBC Holdings plc. Cadwalader also added Alston & Bird dispute resolution co-chair STEVEN BAKER in London. Cadwalader, which saw a former leader move again this week, did see corporate partner ALY EL HAMAMSY leave its New York headquarters this month for the Big Apple base of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Davis Polk & Wardwell welcomed white-collar litigation counsel PAUL NATHANSON in Washington, D.C., from the U.S. attorney’s office in Eastern Virginia, which he joined in 2010 and for the past two years has served as deputy chief of financial crimes and public corruption. CHARLES STEELE, who joined Davis Polk’s financial institutions group in early 2015 as counsel in Washington, D.C., left in October to become deputy chief counsel in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Davis Polk restructuring counsel DAMON MEYER in New York became senior vice president at hedge fund sponsor Highbridge Capital Management LLC in August. Davis Polk litigation partner CAREY DUNNE in New York is poised to leave the firm and become general counsel for the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, where he will replace BENJAMIN ROSENBERG as general counsel after Rosenberg re-joins Dechert, as noted in early November by sibling publication the New York Law Journal.
Dechert hired finance partner JOHN MARKLAND and private equity partner ROSS ALLARDICE in London earlier this month from Kirkland & Ellis and White & Case, respectively, according to Legal Week, which in October noted Dechert’s recruitment of Clifford Chance litigation partner STEPHEN SURGEONER in London. Legal Week reported in August on Dechert’s addition of two senior DLA Piper finance partners in London led by the latter’s global financial services co-chair PHILIP BUTLER and local debt finance head DAVID MILES. The duo can count a handful of large financial services companies as clients.
Dechert added IP partner MARIE FILLON in Paris last month from a local firm, while also recruiting corporate counsel HUSAM EL-KHATIB in Riyadh over the summer from DLA Piper, where he spent the past five years as a senior legal consultant. In Dubai, Dechert hired King & Wood Mallesons corporate and securities partner HAMISH WALTON, who joined his former firm’s struggling legacy SJ Berwin arm in late 2011. Dechert added Allen & Overy tax counsel FLORENT TROUILLER as a partner in Luxembourg, where Dechert saw investment funds partner ANTONIOS NEZERITIS decamp in November for local firm Wildgen. Dechert real estate finance partner ELENI SKORDAKI, who joined the firm’s London office two years ago, left in November to start her own shop in the city.
R. MICHAEL SENKOWSKI, the longtime leader of Wiley Rein’s marquee telecommunications practice, has joined DLA Piper along with his wife, NANCY VICTORY, a top wireless and satellite technology partner at Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C., as noted in late September by sibling publication The National Law Journal. DLA Piper also hired litigation partner MATTHEW GRAVES in Washington, D.C., where he was most recently acting chief of the fraud and public corruption section at the U.S. attorney’s office in the nation’s capital. Just before Labor Day, sibling publication the Daily Business Review reported on DLA Piper’s addition of partner RYAN O’QUINN in Miami from O’Quinn, Stumphauzer & Sloman, a local litigation boutique where he was a name partner.
DLA Piper hired JESSICA MASELLA, most recently chief of the narcotics unit in the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, as a partner for its white-collar, corporate crime and investigations group in New York. DLA Piper added Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld financial restructuring counsel RACHEL ALBANESE as a partner in New York, where DLA Piper also snagged Sutherland Asbill corporate and investment funds partner YASHO LAHIRI. DLA Piper welcomed Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr IP counsel LARISSA PARK as a partner for its IP and technology group in Boston and hired Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman corporate partner MICHAEL TOROSIAN in San Francisco. In Chicago, DLA Piper recruited Latham & Watkins finance partner NATHANIEL MARRS.
The American Lawyer reported in August on DLA Piper’s addition of an 11-lawyer energy team in Rio de Janeiro and Washington, D.C., led by Ballard Spahr partner ANDREA CHAMBERS in the U.S. capital and energy partners SANDOVAL AMUI and LEONARDO COSTA, employment partner MAURICIO TANABE and restructuring partner LEANDRO RINALDI from Mayer Brown’s Brazilian arm Tauil & Chequer. The last four all joined DLA Piper’s Brazilian affiliate Campos Mello Advogados. DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozana, the legal giant’s affiliate in Mexico, landed finance partner EDGAR ROMO REYNOSO from Bufete Robles Miaja in Mexico City, where Latin Lawyer reported he led the latter’s finance and M&A practice. The American Lawyer reported in July on DLA Piper’s opening of an office in San Juan amid Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis. Among those joining DLA Piper in the city are new San Juan managing partner NIKOS BUXEDA and partners MIRIAM DE LOURDES FIGUEROA, JOSE ALBERTO SOSA-LLORENS and MANUEL LOPEZ-ZAMBRANA, all of whom come aboard from local firms.
DLA Piper, having expanded in Sweden this past summer after combining with a leading local firm, hired corporate, capital markets and M&A partner PEDER GRADINSON in Stockholm from local shop Hammarskiold & Co. DLA Piper also picked up partner OLGA VOROZHBYT as head of its Ukraine litigation and regulatory practice in Kiev from CMS Cameron McKenna, which has agreed to combine with two leading U.K. firms. DLA Piper, which shed 175 jobs in the U.K. this fall after moving some positions to Poland, watched British firm Fieldfisher bag DLA Piper counsel MARCUS KAMP as a partner for its employment group in Düsseldorf.
DLA Piper added Addleshaw Goddard contentious construction partner ALISON FAGAN in London and Manchester, where she brought with her two senior associates. Legal Week reported in October that DLA Piper partner RICHARD “HOPPO” HOPKINSON-WOOLLEY, who joined the firm in 2014 as head of its U.K. real estate team, joined Simmons & Simmons in London. Shoosmiths, another British firm, boosted its national regulatory practice by hiring DLA Piper partners CHARLES ARRAND and ROY TOZER in the English cities of Birmingham and Milton Keynes, respectively. Troutman Sanders snagged DLA Piper corporate partners GERALD “JERRY” FRANCESE and PATRICK COSTELLO in New York, where they both once worked at defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.
In Australia, DLA Piper’s local managing partner JOHN WEBER said in November that he would step down in April and leave the firm after just two years as leader. DLA Piper reeled in restructuring partner MACAIRE BROMLEY in Sydney from local firm DibbsBarker. In New Zealand, where DLA Piper absorbed its Phillips Fox arm in 2015 after having done the same in Australia several years ago, the combined firm snagged Simpson Grierson senior associate DIANA HARTLEY as an environmental and resource management consultant in Auckland.
DLA Piper, whose international arm posted strong financials for its most recent fiscal year, also ended its strategic relationship with an Indonesian firm in August. The next month, DLA Piper picked up nine lawyers for its new office in Johannesburg by raiding local shop and Linklaters ally Webber Wentzel for South Africa corporate head PETER BRADSHAW, corporate partners MARITA VAN DER WALT and NADA VAN DYK and antitrust partner JANINE SIMPSON. DLA Piper also added finance and projects partner JACKIE PENNINGTON from local firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, which the legal giant scrapped an alliance with in 2015.
The slow implosion of King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm has been a boon to several Am Law 100 firms, with Goodwin Procter stepping in to recruit five partners from the firm in London, including U.K. investment funds head MICHAEL HALFORD. Legal Week reported last week that the others fleeing KWM for Goodwin Procter in London include private equity partners SHAWN D’AGUIAR, PATRICK DEASY, ED HALL and AJAY PATHAK. In Paris, Goodwin Procter picked up King & Wood Mallesons leveraged buyout and M&A counsel ISABELLE MEYRIER. In October, British firm Addleshaw Goddard grabbed Goodwin Procter corporate partner ANDREW YANG in Hong Kong, according to sibling publication The Asian Lawyer.
In the U.S., Goodwin Procter picked up life sciences partner RICHARD HOFFMAN in Boston from Wilmer, which he joined in early 2013 from his own shop. Goodwin Procter further bolstered its life sciences group in Washington, D.C., by adding food and drug expert and Kleinberg, Kaplan & Becker partner SCOTT LASSMAN. Alston & Bird brought on Goodwin Procter counsel MICHAEL SAARINEN as an investment management partner in New York, while securities and white-collar litigator MARY DULKA, promoted to partner two years ago by Goodwin Procter, recently left the firm and is now part of a cat caregiver team at the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, according to her profile on professional networking website LinkedIn.
Greenberg Traurig grabbed a new Delaware litigation head in partner STEVEN MARGOLIN, who joined the firm’s Wilmington office in September from local firm Ashby & Geddes. Greenberg Traurig, which just hired a nonlawyer health care adviser in Tallahassee, Florida, built out its new national tax credits practice by hiring partner JAMES LANG in Tampa from local firm Bryant Miller Olive. Florida’s Greenspoon Marder grabbed Greenberg Traurig business litigation partner MURRAY SILVERSTEIN to lead its new office in Tampa, according to the DBR. In Texas, Dickinson Wright opened its first office in the state after adding Greenberg Traurig corporate and technology transactions partners ROSS GARSSON and DARRELL WINDHAM in Austin, as well as of counsel K. LANCE ANDERSON, according to sibling publication Texas Lawyer. Windham was co-head of Greenberg Traurig’s office in the Lone Star State capital.
Texas Lawyer reported in September on Greenberg Traurig’s addition of DAVID OLIVER, the founder partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease’s Houston office, and litigation partner PAUL KERLIN from the same firm. Greenberg Traurig added Gardere Wynne Sewell oil and gas partner ALFREDO RAMOS in Houston, where the firm also hired public finance partner RONALD GREEN from his own shop, according to Texas Lawyer. Green previously served as Houston’s controller, making him the second-highest political official in the city. Greenberg Traurig energy and infrastructure expert PAMELA HOROWITZ, promoted to of counsel last year in Houston, left the firm this summer and is now a stay at home mom, according to her LinkedIn profile. Dykema Cox Smith, the Lone Star State arm of Dykema Gossett, snagged Greenberg Traurig commercial litigation partner CRAIG WOODS for its dental service organizations group in Dallas.
In Chicago, Greenberg Traurig recruited Chapman and Cutler corporate finance partner JULIA SINGH as counsel for its corporate and securities group. Greenberg Traurig added insurance defense litigation partner JOEL MAX EADS in Philadelphia from Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono, a firm that saw Eads’ insurance coverage colleague THOMAS HOLDEN join Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in San Francisco. Greenberg Traurig hired Dentons corporate and securities partner MARIA SENDRA in Palo Alto, California, a year after she joined the latter from Jones Day, while FisherBroyles brought on IP, technology and gaming partner ROBBIE PHILLIPS from Greenberg Traurig in Las Vegas.
In Washington, D.C., Greenberg Traurig hired environmental litigation partner BERNADETTE RAPPOLD from the U.S. Environmental and Protection Agency, where she spent the past 15 years, most recently as director of its special litigation and projects division in the office of civil enforcement. (Rappold recently opined for sibling publication The Legal Intelligencer about the EPA in a Donald Trump administration.) Greenberg Traurig added life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation and regulatory of counsel ANNA LAAKMANN in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., from her role as an associate professor at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Seyfarth Shaw snagged Greenberg Traurig real estate partner THOMAS GALLI in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in sports facility transactions and public private partnerships.
In Berlin, where Greenberg Traurig opened an office in 2015, the firm bagged restructuring and insolvency partner JESKO STARK from local shop Leonhardt Rattunde, where he was a partner. Greenberg Traurig also welcomed White & Case banking and finance partner PIOTR SZELENBAUM in Warsaw. In New York, Sony Corp.-owned digital distribution company The Orchard hired Greenberg Traurig entertainment partner TUCKER MCCRADY as general counsel, according to sibling publication Corporate Counsel. Greenberg Traurig entertainment and media of counsel KRISTEN HESS left the firm’s New York office this month to become vice president and senior counsel for strategic transactions at CBS Corp. In Boston, Greenberg Traurig litigation partner PAULA DEGIACOMO left the firm she joined in 2001 for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the same city, while litigation of counsel TIMOTHY JOHNSTON joined Newton, Massachusetts-based household appliance maker SharkNinja Operating LLC.
Hogan Lovells, having followed up on ramping up its project management team by forming an association with a Shanghai firm in October, hired Clayton Utz M&A partner MATTHEW JOHNSON in Perth, Australia. Hogan Lovells landed a new director of inclusion for the Americas in New York by hiring LESLIE RICHARDS-YELLEN, a former business and commercial transactions partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson in Chicago, where she served as the firm’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. Loeb & Loeb nabbed Hogan Lovells real estate transactions partner ALLEN HUBSCH in Los Angeles, while Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton hired Hogan Lovells false advertising and unfair competition co-leader STEVEN HOLLMAN as a business trial partner in Washington, D.C.
Jones Day hired Staples Inc. associate general counsel LISA ROPPLE, who joined the retail giant in 2012 after serving as co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s litigation department, as a partner for its government regulation, cybersecurity and data protection and privacy practice groups in Boston. JEFFREY MADDOX, a capital markets partner who left Jones Day’s Hong Kong office in 2012 for Cadwalader, has re-joined the firm’s base in the city following Cadwalader’s recent decision to shutter its outposts in Asia. Jones Day also added GREGORY SALATHE, the former co-managing partner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius’ Tokyo office until he relocated to Singapore in 2013 after joining Sidley Austin, as a partner in the city-state. In Europe, Jones Day added Allen & Overy tax partner CARLOS ALBINANA in Madrid and IP partner THOMAS BOUVET and three associates in Paris from local shop Veron & Associés. LAURENT VANDOMME, a former head of the energy and global Africa practice at Jones Day in Paris, left the firm earlier this year to set up Sinclair Legal.
DONALD MCGAHN II, a former member of the Federal Election Commission who left Patton Boggs for Jones Day in 2014, is poised to return to federal government service as White House counsel to President-elect Trump, according to The NLJ. McGahn served as general counsel to Trump’s presidential campaign—with Jones Day racking up legal fees as a result—and the budding administration has already turned to other Jones Day lawyers to help shape itself. Sullivan & Worcester welcomed Jones Day finance partner JOEL TELPNER in New York. STERLING SPAINHOUR JR. a longtime M&A partner at Jones Day in Atlanta, has been hired as a senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Co. Services, which the Daily Report notes supports the utility giant’s operating company.
K&L Gates welcomed Pillsbury Winthrop partner ERIC SAVE, co-leader of the firm’s Latin America practice, in September as a partner in San Francisco. K&L Gates also grabbed Cozen O’Connor international arbitration chair MARTIN GUSY and partner MATTHEW WELDON in New York, where the NYLJ reported they joined their former firm three years ago from disbanded boutique Gusy Van der Zandt. K&L Gates also added STACY ETTINGER, former chief counsel to New York Sen. Charles Schumer, as a public policy and law partner in New York. In Washington, D.C., K&L Gates brought on Baker & McKenzie of counsel STEVEN HILL as a partner for its antitrust, trade regulation and compliance group, according to The NLJ. K&L Gates grabbed corporate finance partner FELIPE ELUF CREAZZO in São Paulo from Brazilian firm Lobo & de Rizzo Advogados.
K&L Gates also grew its public policy practice by adding a nonlawyer government affairs adviser in Austin, Texas, a state where Bracewell hired a four-lawyer team from the firm led by white-collar defense partners BARRETT HOWELL and BRANDON MCCARTHY in Dallas, according to Texas Lawyer. K&L Gates bolstered its health care practice by hiring Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz of counsel TED LOTCHIN in Washington, D.C. Lotchin joined K&L Gates as a partner in Raleigh, North Carolina, where local firm Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard landed K&L Gates financial services and bankruptcy litigation partner BRIAN FORK. Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker bagged K&L Gates partner SUZAN ONEL in Washington, D.C., where the medical device and food law expert served as global chair of the local boutique’s food and drug practice.
K&L Gates added energy and infrastructure partner JOSEPH CONDO in Chicago from Invenergy LLC, where he spent the past decade as general counsel, and welcomed Winston & Strawn of counsel JOSHUA YANG as a partner for its investment management and derivatives group in the Windy City. Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen, which expanded into Chicago last year through a merger, hired K&L Gates IP litigation partner CHRISTOPHER HANBA for its office in the city.
K&L Gates grabbed privacy and data protection partner JULIA JACOBSON in Boston this week from Seyfarth Shaw, a firm she joined earlier this year from McDermott Will & Emery. K&L Gates also added government enforcement partner CHRISTOPHER NASSON in Boston from his role as a business and securities fraud federal prosecutor at the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York. K&L Gates, whose Boston office saw a partner get a top leadership role after a wave of local defections, did see three more partners depart in October. Bankruptcy and insolvency partner MACKENZIE SHEA became associate general counsel at Boston-based investment advisory firm Gordon Brothers Group LLC, while financial services partner SEAN MAHONEY left to take an in-house role at Spanish banking giant Santander Holdings USA Inc. PAULO MARNOTO, a corporate partner at K&L Gates who joined the firm’s Boston base in 2013, also left last month to become general counsel at private equity firm Parthenon Capital Partners.
In California, K&L Gates picked up Paul Hastings associate SASHA BURSTEIN as a partner for its alternative investment management group in San Francisco, while Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis nabbed K&L Gates tax partner FRANK DWORAK in Irvine, California. K&L Gates corporate governance and investment advisory partner AMY SOMMERS recently left the firm’s Shanghai and Seattle offices. K&L Gates corporate and M&A partner KRISTY HARLAN in Seattle is now senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at real estate investment trust Weyerhaeuser Co., according to Corporate Counsel. Harlan replaced ex-K&L Gates lawyer Devin Stockfish, promoted by the forest products company to vice president of Western Timberlands.
In Europe, K&L Gates recruited partner ROBERTO PODDA from his role as a salaried partner at Grande Stevens Studio Legale in Milan to serve as head of its Italian employment practice. K&L Gates added tax counsel PAWEL CHODZINSKI in Warsaw, where he spent the past decade as national commentator on transfer pricing in Poland for the country’s International Bureau of Financial Documentation. Legal Week reported in August on British firm Berwin Leighton Paisner bolstering its Moscow office—known as Goltsblat BLP—by bringing on K&L Gates oil and gas transactions partner SERGEY MILANOV.
In Australia, where K&L Gates absorbed Middletons in early 2013, the legal giant hired King & Wood Mallesons special counsel MIRIAM POWER as special counsel for its labor, employment and workplace safety team in Perth. K&L Gates also brought back former partner JOHN MANN in Melbourne, where the longtime Middletons M&A lawyer left K&L Gates in early 2015 for corporate boutique Clarendon Lawyers, and added special corporate counsel LOUISE ARMINAK in Sydney from Gadens, a local firm where she was special counsel and CEO at Lifemanager Pty. Ltd. K&L Gates transactional partner GLENN HUGHES in Sydney left the firm this fall for local shop Russells Law, where he is now head of corporate and financial services.
Kirkland hired former Federal Trade Commission assistant director MATTHEW REILLY as an antitrust partner in Washington, D.C., where The NLJ noted he was most recently a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Kirkland also bolstered its international arbitration group by adding partners LAUREN FRIEDMAN and LUCILA HEMMINGSEN in New York from Freshfields and Debevoise & Plimpton, respectively, where they were both associates. Texas Lawyer reported last month on Kirkland’s hire of Freshfields corporate partner DOUG BACON in New York, where earlier this year he was named one of the NYLJ’s “Rising Stars.” Bacon will work out of Houston, where Kirkland is seeking to expand its offerings. Kirkland corporate partner NATHAN WILDA in Chicago decamped in September for Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff. Kirkland tax partner BRETT WILLIS, who joined the firm’s Los Angeles in early 2015, left this month to take an in-house role at Oaktree Capital Management LP. Willis was part of a Kirkland team that counseled the asset management firm in October on its $85 million investment in organic food company SunOpta Inc.
Latham landed CHRISTOPHER SHOFF, a founding partner of Cooley’s Los Angeles office, for its emerging companies practice in the city, according to a report by sibling publication The Recorder. Latham brought on Covington & Burling associate and ex-Walt Disney Co. senior attorney WEI-CHUN “LEX” KUO as counsel for its sports and media practice in Hong Kong. Latham, which recently received regulatory approval to open an office in Seoul, also added longtime Allen & Overy M&A partner EDWARD BARNETT in London, according to Legal Week. King & Spalding snagged Latham project development and finance counsel BRANDON DALLING in New York, where Latham watched litigation partner ADRIENNE EASON WHEATLEY leave its ranks this month.
The NYLJ reported in October on DANIEL STEIN, a former head of the criminal division at the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, joining Mayer Brown as a partner in New York and head of the firm’s global regulatory and investigations group. Mayer Brown also added cybersecurity and data privacy partner DAVID SIMON in Washington, D.C., where the former special counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense served as counsel at Sidley since joining that firm last year. Mayer Brown also grew its relatively new office in Mexico City by adding Haynes and Boone energy, infrastructure and project finance partner ARIEL RAMOS in September, according to Texas Lawyer. In London, Mayer Brown picked up Dentons pensions partner JAY DORAISAMY, but saw British firm Fieldfisher reel in Mayer Brown finance partner RICHARD TODD.
Mayer Brown’s Tauil & Chequer said in September it would open an office in Brazil’s capital of Brasilia after adding litigation and compliance partner LUIS INACIO ADAMS, who stepped down in February as the country’s attorney general. Mayer Brown also hired Cascione, Pulino, Boulos & Santos Advogados corporate partner BRUNO AURELIO for Tauil & Chequer in São Paulo, but saw antitrust and telecommunications partner PAULO CASAGRANDE leave the same office in September to become head of antitrust at local firm Stocche Forbes Advogados. Withers hired hotels and hospitality partner DAVID MALLINSON in Hong Kong from Mayer Brown JSM, an entity formed in 2008 after the merger between Mayer Brown and local firm Johnson Stokes & Master. Reynolds Porter Chamberlain announced plans in October to bring on M&A and private equity partner JEREMY CUNNINGHAM from Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy recruited a three-partner team in November from Allen & Overy in New York by bringing on the Magic Circle firm’s former U.S. real estate head and local managing partner KEVIN O’SHEA, as well as partners ERWIN DWECK and YAAKOV SHEINFELD, according to the NYLJ. ALAN SCHACTER, a real estate finance senior counsel at Allen & Overy since 2011, joined Milbank as special counsel in New York. Milbank also hired Allen & Overy private equity partner MICHAEL BERNHARDT in Frankfurt. Milbank saw special counsel DELILAH VINZON leave its Los Angeles office to join Liner as a litigation partner in nearby Westwood, California, a move that saw Vinson take with her two associates and a representation of embattled comedian Bill Cosby in civil actions in three states.
The New York Legal Assistance Group hired Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner ROBYN TARNOFSKY to serve as director of its new pro se legal services clinic, according to the NYLJ. The American Lawyer reported in late October on the pending departure of longtime Paul Weiss partner TOBY MYERSON to start business advisory shop Longsight Strategic Advisors LLC in January 2017. Myerson is a former co-chair of Paul Weiss’ corporate and global M&A groups.
Paul Hastings hired a three-partner finance team from Ashurst in London led by DIALA MINOTT, CAMERON SAYLOR and MICHAEL SMITH, according to Legal Week, which noted in September that the new hires join several former colleagues that joined Paul Hastings last year from Ashurst, a British firm coping with a recent spate of departures. Herbert Smith Freehills picked up Paul Hastings real estate partner DAVID LACAZE in Paris, where he will bring with him an associate.
Proskauer Rose, which six years ago broke off merger talks with London-based SJ Berwin, is now benefiting from the steady pace of partner cherry-picking from the latter’s successor KWM Europe. Legal Week reported in late October—and Proskauer confirmed Wednesday—on the firm’s addition of former KWM Europe managing partner ROB DAY and corporate finance partner ANDREW WINGFIELD in London. Proskauer senior real estate counsel CRAIG MASHEB in New York left in November after nearly 20 years at the firm to become general counsel of The Engel Burman Group, a Long Island homebuilder based in Garden City, New York.
Reed Smith, which saw a former British spin-off find a new home in November, installed a new London-based chief marketing officer in late September as part of a leadership realignment at the firm, which also recently appointed a new chief financial officer. British firm Clyde & Co grabbed global trade finance partner ROBERT PARSON from Reed Smith in London, where Legal Week reported he led the latter’s energy and natural resources group.
In the U.S., Reed Smith added Dechert real estate and debt finance partner JODI SCHWIMMER in New York, where Reed Smith also picked up Paul Hastings associate JENNIFER CHENG as a corporate partner. Reed Smith’s CLAUD “LEX” ELEY, leader of the firm’s corporate and securities group in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, joined Crowell & Moring’s inside-the-Beltway base, according to a recent report by affiliate Law.com, which noted Pillsbury Winthrop’s recent recruitment of Reed Smith corporate, securities and IP partner GEORGE WILLMAN, who led the latter’s Northern California technology transactions team. In New York, Katten Muchin Rosenman hired Reed Smith tax partner ANGELO CIAVARELLA.
Reed Smith hired appellate litigator R. ALAN YORK as a partner in Houston last month from Godwin Bowman & Martinez, a firm where he served as local managing partner and COO until it recently closed its office in the city, according to Texas Lawyer. Drinker Biddle & Reath reeled in Reed Smith product liability litigation partner TRACY GREGAR FERAK in Chicago, where Benesch Friedlander brought on Reed Smith corporate partner WILLIAM DORAN. In Delaware, Burr & Forman opened an office in Wilmington last month after recruiting Reed Smith bankruptcy and restructuring partner RICHARD “RICK” ROBINSON. Reed Smith litigation and dispute resolution counsel COURTNEY BATEMAN in Washington, D.C., left the firm earlier this year to start his own shop.
Sidley has been busy in recent weeks bolstering its London office, having recruited Kirkland restructuring partner JIFREE CADER in October and bringing on Linklaters restructuring partner YEN SUM earlier this week, according to Legal Week. Sidley also added capital markets partners NOEL HUGHES and ALAN GRINCERI in London from Paul Hastings and Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where they were an associate and European counsel, respectively, at their former firms. STEPHEN ROITH, who left Clifford Chance in late 2010 to become co-head of Sidley’s London capital markets practice, left Sidley’s partnership last year to become a consultant at financial law boutique Raines & Co.
FRIVEN YEOH, an arbitrator fluent in Mandarin and former managing partner of O’Melveny & Myers’ Hong Kong office, joined Sidley in October along with disputes counsel DESMOND ANG and YAN ZHANG, according to The Asian Lawyer. Sidley Austin Nishikawa, a joint law enterprise by the firm in Tokyo, picked up Paul Hastings partner KIYOFUMI TAKATA as counsel for its investment and finance group in the city. Sidley counsel HOLLY HOGAN, who joined the firm’s San Francisco office in early 2015, left the firm’s Bay Area base in November to become associate general counsel at Automattic Inc., owner of blogging platform WordPress.com.
Sidley grabbed Goodwin Procter investment funds and asset management partner ELIZABETH SHEA FRIES in Boston and hired financial services and insurance counsel CHRISTOPHER BLUM in New York, where he previously served as vice president, chief compliance officer and general counsel for commercial insurance at American International Group Inc. Sidley also recruited privacy counsel DEAN FORBES in Washington, D.C., from Forbes Privacy Strategy Consulting LLC in New York. Forbes formed his own shop earlier this year after leaving his role as global lead of the commercial privacy practice at management consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.
The nation’s capital was also where Sidley added international trade and dispute resolution counsel CARLOS VALDERRAMA from his role as president of the Peruvian government’s interagency special commission representing the South American country in international investment disputes. Sidley snagged commercial and white-collar litigation counsel JAMES PEREZ in Los Angeles from his role as sole counsel to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. H.L. ROGERS, a Sidley white-collar litigation partner in Washington, D.C., left the firm in August to become executive vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Millicom International Cellular SA in Miami. Rogers spoke with the DBR in mid-November about his new role at the Luxembourg-based digital lifestyle company.
In early November, Simpson Thacher hired Freshfields corporate partner BEN SPIERS, co-head of the Magic Circle firm’s M&A group in London, as a partner in the city. Spiers, a rare lateral hire by his new firm, served as relationship partner for a number of key Freshfields clients, according to Legal Week. Clifford Chance raided Simpson Thacher for M&A counsel KEVIN LEHPAMER in New York, where he joined the Magic Circle rival as a partner in October.
Sullivan & Cromwell, another firm not known for its frequency in dipping into the lateral market, hired a three-lawyer team from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York this fall led by of counsel THOMAS BAXTER JR., whose hire The American Lawyer reported on in September. Baxter, who retired in June after 21 years as the New York Fed’s general counsel, joined Sullivan & Cromwell’s financial institutions group with former colleagues SHARI LEVENTHAL and CHARLES GRAY, both of whom came aboard as special counsel. Gray was previously an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. (Full disclosure: Baxter is the father of this column’s author.) The three hires came after Sullivan & Cromwell’s recent recruitment of a cybersecurity and financial fraud veteran from the U.S. attorney’s office in New York and the death of a young bank regulatory partner at the firm.
White & Case officially unveiled in November its plans to open two new offices in Australia after bringing on a dozen new partners in Melbourne and Sydney. The three lawyers confirmed as making the move to White & Case as partners are former Herbert Smith Freehills special counsel MICHELLE KEEN and senior associates GED COCHRANE and ADELINE PANG. The remaining 10 lawyers are also coming from Herbert Smith Freehills, as noted by Legal Week in September, but must first reportedly run out the clock on an extended notice period.
In the U.S., White & Case hired STEVEN CHABINSKY, most recently general counsel and chief risk officer at CrowdStrike Inc. in Arlington, Virginia, where he was a member of the president’s commission on enhancing national cybersecurity, as a partner in New York and chair of the firm’s global data, privacy and cybersecurity group. White & Case also welcomed VIRGINIA CHAVEZ ROMANO, an associate deputy attorney general at the Justice Department and executive director of its financial fraud enforcement task force, as a partner for its white-collar practice in Washington, D.C. White & Case reeled in Ropes & Gray IP and life sciences CHARLES LARSEN in Boston and added project finance partner FRANCISCO DE ROSENZWEIG MENDIALDUA in Mexico City, where he most recently served as deputy minister of foreign trade at Mexico’s Ministry of Economy. White & Case international tax partner MICHAEL LEBOVITZ, who joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in early 2015, left the firm last month to join global accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers as a managing director in the same city.
Legal Week reported in September that White & Case brought on Berwin Leighton Paisner tax head MICHAEL WISTOW, who will serve as co-head of tax for the firm’s European, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region. White & Case welcomed MARK CLARKE, a leading London energy litigator and former head of dispute resolution at Ashurst, as a partner in September. London was also where White & Case recently picked up partner MARC ISRAEL, the former head of competition at British firm Macfarlanes, and Clifford Chance global banking co-head PATRICK SARCH for its corporate group, as noted by Legal Week. White & Case further expanded its financial services team in London last month by hiring partner JAMES GREIG, most recently an EMEA regulatory counsel and head of the office of public policy and regulatory affairs at The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. In August, White & Case hired Freshfields senior associate and private equity expert RICHARD JONES as an M&A partner in London.
Legal Week reported last month on White & Case’s addition of Ashurst banking partner GIANLUCA FANTI, as well as Simmons & Simmons’ recruitment of White & Case capital markets partners PAOLA LEOCANI and NICHOLAS LASAGNA. Winston & Strawn welcomed White & Case cross-border M&A partner CAMPBELL STEEDMAN, who joined the latter in 2011 from Norton Rose Fulbright, as its new Middle East managing partner in Dubai. White & Case also shuttered its Almaty office this summer, leaving the firm with just one Kazakh base in Astana.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher launched a London antitrust practice in November after hiring KWM Europe partner PHILIPP GIRARDET, according to Legal Week. Willkie Farr also hired sanctions expert and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom counsel GREGOIRE BERTROU as a litigation partner in Paris and brought on Freshfields senior associate SEBASTIAN FITZGERALD as a leveraged finance partner in London. In Houston, where Willkie Farr opened an office in 2014, the firm hired Bracewell tax partner ROBERT JACOBSON, a former Vinson & Elkins associate who joined Bracewell in 2014.