Within the past week, White & Case has hired a pair of private equity partners in Stockholm, an antitrust expert in Milan and two specialists in New York and Tokyo.
In a bid to expand its corporate practice in Europe, White & Case recently welcomed Swedish private equity partners Jans Jensen and Shaon Panahi from Hannes Snellman. Jensen, who served on the Nordic firm’s board and as head of its Stockholm private equity practice, brings with him senior associate Patrik Erblad.
Prior to joining Hannes Snellman nine years ago, Jensen was a partner at Stockholm-based Setterwalls. Jensen specializes in private and public M&A work, as well as equity capital markets transactions. Panahi, a partner for the past nine months at Hannes Snellman, a firm he joined five years ago, focuses his practice on private equity investments, M&A deals and insolvency and restructuring matters.
“The Nordic countries have some of the world’s most well-established corporate, and its private equity market is one of the most active in Europe,” said a statement by White & Case’s global head of M&A John Reiss, who is currently advising the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets on their proposed $2.2 billion sale to billionaire Tilman Fertitta. “Jan and Shoan will further enhance the firm’s ability to advise Nordic private equity funds and corporates on their domestic and outbound transactions, and international buyout funds on their Nordic deals.”
White & Case has grown its private equity practice steadily in recent years with a series of promotions and lateral hires, including the late 2015 addition of Clifford Chance partner Caroline Sherrell in London. In July, White & Case’s private equity co-head Ian Bagshaw told Legal Week that his firm was planning on further partner hires in London and across Europe. (Bagshaw and Sherrell were recently named two of the busiest deal lawyers in Europe.)
The departures from Hannes Snellman come a week after the firm sealed a deal to transfer its entire Russian arm to Eversheds Sutherland, the latter formed earlier this year through a trans-Atlantic combination. The divestiture of that business, which comprised bases in Moscow and St. Petersburg, involved five partners and 17 other lawyer.
White & Case also announced this week its addition of antitrust partner Veronica Pinotti in Milan, where she spent the past decade at McDermott Will & Emery, heading up the firm’s Italian and European Union competition and regulatory practice. In Tokyo, White & Case hired Hideo Nakajima, a former secretary general of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, as a special adviser for its antitrust practice.
White & Case’s New York office, which earlier this year summer added Katten Muchin Rosenman restructuring partner Brian Pfeiffer, confirmed last week its recruitment of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett counsel Dov Gottlieb as a partner in its public company advisory practice.