Revolving doors: two in, one out for White & Case in the middle of a busy week for side adjustments
In a dense round of disputes and the recruitment of lateral partners, companies and chambers have significantly expanded their list of senior consultants in the past week.
First, White & Case’s highly rated business litigation partner Hannah Field-Lowes joined Goodwin in London after three years. Field-Lowes has more than 15 years of experience in complex cross-border and domestic cases, particularly disputes in the private equity market.
Oliver Glynn-Jones, Head of Goodwin’s European Litigation Practice, said the arrival of Field-Lowes was a significant step as we have taken our litigation and dispute resolution capabilities to the next level since launching our UK offering just under a year ago . ‘
However, White & Case has taken a few steps to offset the breakup by adding Shearman & Sterling’s infrastructure partners Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick. Hicks advises sponsors and lenders on the financing and refinancing of infrastructure acquisitions, mainly in the brownfield sector. Sheddick advises clients across Europe on public and private M&A transactions within the same sector.
John Reiss, Global Head of M&A at White & Case, called the duo “two of the most outstanding infrastructure lawyers in the UK” and added, “The addition of this will make White & Case one of the pre-eminent European M&A / financial practices for Infrastructures. ” Infrastructure is one of the most important pillars of our global strategy. ‘
Elswhere, Simmons & Simmons has also expanded its infrastructure list with the key rental of Marc Fèvre from Baker McKenzie. Fèvre was previously global co-head of the Baker McKenzie practice for renewable energies and supports clients in the challenges of sustainability and decarbonization, in particular through the procurement of electricity purchase agreements for companies.
Tax and tax law specialist Addington Chambers has hired Hartley Foster, Fieldfisher’s tax dispute director. Foster, who has headed the practice at Fieldfisher since 2012, has specialized in controversial tax issues for over 20 years. It’s a return to the Foster bar association after starting his legal career with another tax specialist, Pump Court Chambers.
Commenting on Addington Chambers’ branding as a virtual set, Foster said, “Even if the lockdown is complete, virtual hearings and meetings will continue. I expect Addington’s business model will soon become the norm for the tax authority. ‘
Osborne Clarke has achieved a significant coup by hiring veteran DLA real estate partner Richard Wilkinson who will bring his 25 years of experience in real estate investment, finance and corporate transactions. Michelle McGurl, director of OC’s Projects, Real Estate and Finance practice group, described Wilkinson as “a top technical and commercial attorney with strong client relationships.”
McDermott Will & Emery expanded its white-collar crime skills in London by hiring partner Simon Airey from Paul Hastings. A specialist in investigative, financial and regulatory crime, and bribery and corruption, Airey has experience in disputes in sectors such as construction, financial services, gambling and oil and gas.
Hamid Yunis, McDermott’s Managing Partner in London, said: ‘Having previously practiced law for many years, his clients benefit from a forensic and strategic approach to dispute resolution and differentiated advice in dealing with the complexities of regulatory investigations, cross-border disputes and Company compliance issues. ‘
In another employee expansion, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has strengthened its practice in Shanghai by hiring former Paul Hastings partner Haiyan Tang. Tang has experience advising multinational corporations on enforcement actions in the US and China, as well as internal investigations. She also brings solid in-house credentials, including serving as managing director and chief legal and compliance officer of a leading Asian private equity fund specializing in healthcare.
Tang said: ‘The decision to join Quinn Emanuel was an easy one. It is known as the largest litigation company in the world and I look forward to joining their ranks and helping the company expand in China. ‘
Continuing the theme, specialist criminal defense and civil litigation firm Stokoe Partnership has added its seventh partner for veteran financial crime and extradition attorney Richard Cannon. Cannon, who was previously a partner at Gunnercooke and Mishcon de Reya, has particular expertise in dealing with cross-border financial crime allegations.
Harbottle & Lewis has recruited within the industry for its most recent private capital lease and has partnered with professional trustee Marcus Parker of the Cayman Islands. Prior to moving to the Cayman Islands in 2013, Parker was a founding partner of London-based retail boutique New Quadrant Partners. His practice focuses on advising families on international structures to maintain and manage their global wealth, as well as on controversial trust and estate issues.
In Scotland, Morton Fraser has hired former Shepherd and Wedderburn recovery partner Yvonne Brady to take on her newly created role as Head of Restructuring and Bankruptcy Strategy. Chris Harte, Chief Executive, said: “Yvonne brings a wealth of experience in an area that will prove critical to Scotland’s economic recovery from the pandemic and means Morton Fraser continues to have the right people to serve the customers offer the best possible advice. “
Fieldfisher has increased its dispute settlement bank in Manchester and hired Knights partner Chris Gee. Gee specializes in professional negligence and estate litigation and is ranked a “Leading Person” on the Legal 500 Commercial Disputes Ranking in the Northwest.
Finally, Squire Patton Boggs added a corporate partner in Australia and appointed former MinterEllison attorney Michael Gajic to his Sydney office. Gajic focuses on public mergers and acquisitions, including agreements, acquisitions, and hold-outs. He also has significant experience in shareholder activism.
Gajic said, “Squire Patton Boggs’ global platform covers all key markets and enables me to better serve multinational clients or clients acquiring international assets.”