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Crowell & Moring has made its first City lateral hire since September, bringing in Timothy Leeson from LG as a partner.

Leeson, who joined LG from Crowell as a senior counsel in March last year, rejoins the corporate group in London as a partner specialising in corporate finance, investment and restructuring work.

The US firm has also bolstered its non-partner ranks with the addition of Anne Davies and Fiona Simpson as senior counsel and counsel respectively in the international regulatory, fraud and corporate crime group. Both join from southeast firm Vizards Wyeth.

Leeson’s arrival makes him the only full-time corporate partner in Crowell’s London arm following the departure this month (2 April) of corporate partners Paul Finlan and Gary Laitner to Faegre & Benson. Washington-based partner Morris DeFeo splits his time between the US and the UK.

The hires take total full-time partner numbers in London up to four, in addition to 13 associates and counsel.

Crowell chairman Kent Gardiner said: “We are committed to building in London to reach a critical mass in corporate, litigation and regulatory over the next couple of years to bring the office in line with the broader firm.”

In March 2008 the firm hired two senior disputes partners from national giant Eversheds, with Gerallt Owen and Peter Kiernan joining the fraud and corporate crime practice.

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