Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has appointed Linklaters’ former global tax head, its first partner hire in London in over a year.

Yash Rupal, who heads up the Magic Circle firm’s London tax group, is set to join the U.S. firm in the U.K. where it currently has no tax partners. He has been a partner at Linklaters since 1996, and was appointed global tax head in 2007.