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Edward Davis, the co-chair of Mayer Brown’s financial institutions mergers and acquisitions group in New York, has joined Brown Rudnick’s corporate and capital markets practice in the city.

“It was primarily a great opportunity for me based on trends in my practice and the strength that Brown Rudnick has in New York and in London, in particular, but also firmwide,” Davis said.

Davis, who spent nearly 20 years at Mayer Brown, advises asset managers, broker-dealers, financial institutions, investors and insurance companies in M&A deals, as well as financings and other transactional matters. In 2008, he was part of a Mayer Brown team that advised Chevy Chase Bank on its $520 million sale to Capital One Financial Corp.

At Mayer Brown, Davis also counseled multinational corporations on cross-border transactional matters across a wide array of industries. He also serves as councilman on the Essex Fells Council in New Jersey and is an officer in the borough’s volunteer fire department.

Davis said that among his client base, which includes alternative asset managers and hedge funds, Brown Rudnick has a strong platform that aligned well with his practice.

“It had all the capabilities I need to both service my existing client base [and] offer an intriguing opportunity for growth,” said Davis of Brown Rudnick, which relied on Danielle Tampa-Ricotta, a managing director at executive search firm Rado Presser Newman, to handle his move to the firm. “It sort of is a dynamic place to work,” he added.

Davis said he plans to continue working with his financial institutional clients but also wants to take advantage of some newer trends that Brown Rudnick partners have been noticing and pursing within the marketplace.

In July, the Boston-based firm picked up Chadbourne & Parke partner Clara Krivoy in New York ahead of the latter’s combination with Norton Rose Fulbright to serve as head of its Ibero-American private clients practice. Brown Rudnick, which took in $191 million in gross revenue in 2016, a year in which it closed a Dublin office that had become caught up in a political scandal.

Davis’ addition comes a month after Brown Rudnick saw Kobre & Kim raid its partnership ranks for insolvency disputes expert Daniel Saval in New York. Perkins Coie also recently picked up Brown Rudnick private equity and M&A partner Christopher Hagan in Washington, D.C., where earlier this week Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough snagged Brown Rudnick white-collar defense and government investigations partner Thomas Ferrigno, who splits his time between the nation’s capital and New York.