White & Case has hired Clifford Chance (CC) global banking co-head Patrick Sarch in a coup for the US firm’s London office.

The corporate star has been a partner at the magic circle firm since 2001, and recently co-led CC’s team that advised the controlling shareholders of AB InBev on its $275bn (£177bn) merger with rival SABMiller.

He was part of the magic circle firm’s team that acted for Barclays on ABN Amro’s £80bn merger bid for the bank in 2007, while he also advised Kraft Foods on its £11.5bn hostile takeover of Cadbury in 2011. In an interview with Legal Week, he described the deal as one “that changed the playing field”.

He specialises in corporate finance, domestic and cross-border public company M&A, corporate and acquisition financing structures, as well as secondary issues and capital restructurings.