Revolving Doors: Gibson Dunn recruits Hong Kong oversight team as CC expands fund practice

Gibson Dunn has significantly strengthened its Hong Kong bank after hiring a four-person oversight team from Herbert Smith Freehills.

Partner William Hallatt arrives with three employees and brings with him a broad Asia Pacific practice focused on providing controversial and advisory regulatory advice to large global financial institutions. Gibson Dunn chairman and managing director Ken Doran described Hallatt as “a great addition to the company”. He added, “He has built a leading practice across Asia as a trusted advisor on financial services regulation. His years of experience, strong relationships and market knowledge will blend seamlessly with our world-leading regulatory enforcement platform.”

In the US, Clifford Chance turned to an in-house expert on the latest matchmaking business and appointed Susan Burkhardt to their global fund and investment management team. She came from Apollo Global Management, where she was Managing Director, and has experience with two other major US investment managers: DE Shaw Group and GSO Capital Partners.

At CC, Burkhardt advises on the formation and ongoing strategy of private investment funds, accounts and structures with a special focus on loans and private equity. Matthew Layton, Global Managing Partner, commented, “Her experience in the US working in-house, including with valued customers of the company, means she brings critical insights into how we can best serve stakeholders in the industry.”

Meanwhile, Deloitte has expanded its practice in the UK to 170 attorneys with the hiring of DLA Piper’s pension partner Claire Bell. Bell, who will be based in the firm’s Manchester office, will lead the practice and will be responsible for building Deloitte’s pension services in the UK.

According to Michael Castle, Managing Partner of Deloitte Legal in the UK, the arrival of Bell “will help bridge the gap between our legal and pension businesses”. He added that she will provide an “end-to-end solution for clients” by working with the firm’s M&A, outsourcing and employment lawyers as well as their actuaries, advisors and administrators.

In the city, Baker Botts has hired a partner from McDermott Will & Emery in the form of the Shashank Krishna partner for electricity and renewable energies. Krishna primarily supports clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and project developments in the fields of energy and energy. Although Krishna is headquartered in London, he will serve clients from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

‘The strength, depth, reputation and global coverage of Baker Botts’ energy practice is a great attraction for me. I am very pleased to be able to use my network in the energy industry and to serve my existing and future customers with Baker Botts’ international energy platform, he said.

Meanwhile, veteran tax partner David Irvine is leaving Kirkland & Ellis to join Goodwin’s London office. With over 20 years of experience, Irvine is recognized as a leader in advising on the tax aspects of financing and restructuring transactions, particularly those related to financially troubled debtors.

Michael Halford, head of Goodwin’s private mutual fund practice in Europe and Asia, said: ‘We continue to see a very strong flow of orders from clients launching mid-market and large-cap funds and David’s experience in multiple asset classes will be invaluable We will continue to strengthen our existing bank. ‘

Reed Smith has added Allen & Overy’s former commodity finance partner, Daniel Birch, to his London-based energy company. Birch is a US qualified attorney and focuses on physical commodities in relation to hedging transactions, structured products, and financial indices. Praj Samant, Chairman of the Reed Smith Energy and Natural Resources Group, praised Birch as “a very talented lawyer with an outstanding reputation in the energy and natural resources sectors”.

Shearman & Sterling’s arbitration partner Alexander Uff trades his private practice for the bar when he joins Quadrant Chambers. Uff, who was admitted to the bar in 2007, advises and advises companies, states and government agencies in complex international arbitration proceedings.

Chambers Head Simon Croall QC said: ‘Alexander’s arrival will add strength and depth to the service we offer, particularly in the areas of international arbitration, energy and mining. His experience, skill and reputation will be known to many in the marketplace, making him a fantastic addition to key areas of Quadrant’s strategic direction. ‘

A trio of family law partners, Julian Ribet, Alistair Myles and Laura Geraghty, have set up a new practice in London for wealthy and wealthy private individuals: Ribet Myles. All three were previously partners in the family law boutique Levison Meltzer Piggott.

Ribet said: ‘London’s family law scene is currently in a changing of the guard as the stalwarts for the past 30 years are looking to retire. Alistair, Laura and I have been trained and worked with some of the best lawyers of their generation. We look forward to continuing to provide high level family law services to Ribet Myles. ‘

Royds Withy King has strengthened its property litigation credentials with the appointment of partner Angela Gregson, who joins from Child & Child. Gregson, an attorney, typically works for major real estate developers, owners, and individual clients on a variety of development disputes. She is also an experienced mediator.

In addition, Child & Child is leaving her family law partner Nina Lake, who is moving to Howard Kennedy. Lake specializes in a variety of family law matters, including financial settlements in the event of divorce or separation, and pre- and post-marriage agreements.

Finally, Bird & Bird expanded its Swedish practice in finance and financial regulation with the appointment of partner Olof Wetterling, who comes to us from Stockholm-based MAQS. As an experienced banking and finance attorney with in-house experience as Chief Legal Officer at Danske Bank, Wetterling advises both financial service providers and borrowers on a variety of debt financing transactions.

At Bird & Bird, Wetterling is commissioned to advise on financing options in the private equity and real estate markets in the Nordic region. Mårten Willamo, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird in Sweden, commented: ‘We have a strong private equity practice in the Nordic countries and Olof’s extensive experience of working with financial institutions on transactions and his in-depth knowledge of the Nordic market will be of great benefit be to our team. ‘

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