Baker McKenzie has continued its London hiring push, capitalizing on a rare partner duo departure from White & Case.
The international firm has hired White & Case corporate finance partner duo Rob Mathews and David Becker.
High-yield partner Mathews joined White & Case as a partner in 2004. Notable deals he has acted on include advising Italian telecom company Wind Tre on a €10 billion ($11.48 billion) cross-border high-yield bond deal in 2017.
Becker had spent a decade at White & Case as a partner, having joined from Cahill Gordon & Reindel in 2008.
The departure of the two lawyers marks a rare development for White & Case’s London base, which has made numerous hires in recent years. However, the firm saw global private equity co-head Richard Youle leave for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in 2017 alongside private equity partner Katja Butler.
The hires by Baker McKenzie come as the firm continues to expand its transactional offerings in the U.K., with London managing partner Alex Chadwick stating its aim is to grow that head count by 30 percent by 2020.
Notable recent hires have included co-head of Sidley Austin’s London global finance team Matthew Dening, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer finance partner Geoff O’Dea, and a corporate finance team from Ropes & Gray.
“Rob and David’s appointments kick-start a year of further growth as we expand our banking and finance, private equity, corporate and corporate tax practices,” Chadwick said.
EMEA head of capital markets Adam Farlow added: “We have been on a mission to find the best and most talented high-yield partners to complement our strong and growing leveraged finance team.”
A White & Case representative said the firm wishes Mathews and Becker “every success in their future endeavors.”