Pillsbury boosts City practice with Jones Day recruit
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has taken another step towards building up its London presence with the addition of a corporate partner from US firm rival Jones Day.James Campbell - who specialises in capital markets - is set to join the City division of the US law firm in the next few months.Campbell advises on M&A, banking and private equity matters with a particular focus on distressed debt and emerging markets.Pillsbury's London strategy aims to see the office building up in energy, finance, outsourcing, information technology (IT) and intellectual property (IP).Campbell said. "The entrepreneurial spirit that the firm encourages to problem-solving is what clients are looking for in current markets, where legal services have become more than just a commodity."He is the third partner to join the firm this year following February's double hire of finance partner Denis Petkovic from Chadbourne & Parke and IP/IT partner Rafi Azim-Khan from Wragge & Co.Pillsbury has also drafted in energy partner John Mauel to split his time between London and Houston.A further US partner, energy specialist George Borovas, is expected to head to the City from Washington DC over the next few months.Pillsbury's London office houses 19 lawyers, including six partners. But, despite having a presence in London since 1971, the firm has struggled to build a presence.
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