White & Case has boosted its London ranks with two new disputes partners.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner contentious construction and engineering partner David Robertson has joined the global legal giant in the city, along with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft commercial litigation partner Steven Baker.
Baker joined Cadwalader’s London office in 2016 from Bird & Bird, where he had been a partner for four years. Prior to that he had been a partner at Olswang since 2002, leading that British firm’s commercial litigation practice. Baker has a particular focus on disputes in the banking, commodities, communications, financial services and technology sectors.
Robertson joined legacy firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, which combined with Bryan Cave earlier this year, as a partner in 2013. He has particular expertise in disputes and arbitration within the offshore and onshore oil and gas, power, water, road and rail sectors.
“Our 2020 strategy includes a focus on profitable growth in London, in our disputes practice and in the global oil and gas, technology and financial institutions industries,“ said a statement from Oliver Brettle, a London-based member of White & Case’s global executive committee. “As we continue to take the fight to the Magic Circle, the arrival of leading partners such as Steven and David propels us forward in all these areas.“
White & Case, which recently launched a new public company advisory group in London in a bid to deepen its U.K. client base, has made multiple hires in the city so far this year. In February, the firm welcomed aboard Weil, Gotshal & Manges disputes co-head Hannah Field-Lowes, as well as adding Addleshaw Goddard commercial litigation specialist Chris Brennan in June. Earlier this month, White & Case recruited Macfarlanes private equity partner Emmie Jones.
Already halfway through an ambitious five-year growth plan, White & Case is now reaping the benefits of that strategic shift, one that focused on increasing count by 40 percent in London and New York. The 2,039-lawyer firm saw gross revenue rise 10.6 percent in 2017, to a record $1.8 billion, while profits per equity partner rose 10.2 percent, to $2.26 million.
White & Case has also been busy growing stateside, having recently brought on DLA Piper corporate partner Thomas Horenkamp in Chicago, where the firm set up shop in June. In New York, where White & Case recently watched a six-partner intellectual property team defect for Fenwick & West, the firm hired banking partner Paul Saltzman from Deutsche Bank AG. In June, White & Case snagged former King & Spalding project finance partner David Strickland in Houston and welcomed back former counsel Howard Wettan as a partner in Silicon Valley.