Debevoise & Plimpton
(Rick Kopstein)

After more than two decades at Clifford Chance in London, insurance expert Claire Swirski is heading to Debevoise & Plimpton’s office in the city.

Swirski, who joined Clifford Chance in 1996, has been a partner at the Magic Circle since 2003. She advises insurers and other financial institutions on a range of corporate insurance matters, such as share and business acquisitions, distribution agreements, joint ventures, longevity transactions, reinsurance and group reorganizations. She joins Debevoise as a consultant.

Debevoise’s addition of Swirski is the firm’s third hire so far this year in London. The New York-based Am Law 100 firm recruited private equity specialist Simon Witney as a consultant in January from King & Wood Mallesons, while also bringing on Boies Schiller Flexner’s former global head of arbitration Wendy Miles as a partner the following month.

Debevoise has been busy on the hiring front in 2017, adding Kara Brockmeyer, a former chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Unit, as a white-collar and regulatory partner in Washington, D.C., in May. Earlier this year, Debevoise brought back former litigation partners Mary Jo White and Andrew Ceresney from their tours of duty at the SEC, which White led until January. Both are now based in New York, where Debevoise hired of counsel Winston Paes in April after a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice.

White-collar litigation partner Sarah Coyne, who joined Debevoise in 2015, did leave earlier this year for Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York. Debevoise counsel David Sewell also recently left the firm’s home office to join JPMorgan Chase & Co. as executive director for regulatory engagement and affairs. And Clifford Chance, which lost Swirski to Debevoise, hired investment management counsel Michael Sabin from the firm in May as a corporate partner in New York.

After three years of growth, Debevoise saw its gross revenue and partner profits dip in 2016. Michael Blair, the firm’s presiding partner since 2011, attributed the declines to a moderate pushback in the U.S. transactional market following a record-setting year in 2015.