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Law firms recharged their practices with a range of high-profile partner moves in 2017. It wasn’t shocking that many of the big hires in the US market came from the outgoing Obama administration, but plugged-in practitioners all around the world were in demand, from law firm leaders to private equity heavyweights.

Juan Picon Moved to: Latham & Watkins From: DLA Piper

In a rare lateral move among law firm top leadership, DLA Piper global co-chair Juan Picon joined Latham & Watkins as Madrid office head.

The November announcement of Picon’s move came just 18 months after he was appointed senior partner of DLA Piper International, the firm’s operations outside of the US. With Picon, a corporate partner and Spanish national, go two DLA Madrid partners, Spanish corporate head Jose Antonio Sanchez-Dafos and capital markets partner Ignacio Gomez-Sancha.

Angela Styles Moved to: Bracewell From: Crowell & Moring

Angela Styles joined Bracewell on 30 October as a government contracts partner in Washington DC, about a month after Styles was voted out of leadership at Crowell & Moring, where she practised for 10 years.

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