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The lateral partner moves in London gathered considerable pace during March, April & May, with the stand out moves being Forsters 19 strong acquisition of Gowling WLG entire Private Client Group and Clyde & Co.’s acquisition of Curtis Mallet’s specialist Africa team. It’s also partner promotion time, congratulations to all those newly made up this year.

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NameToFromPractice AreaNotes
Jane KolaARC Pensions LawGowling WLGEmployment and PensionsJane Kola is a specialist in defined contribution pension schemes.
Kate BrimstedBerwin Leighton PaisnerReed SmithIntellectual PropertyKate has 20 years’ experience in the field of data protection, ranging from global compliance assessments, privacy and security reviews of outsourced services, cross border transfers of personal data, and organisational security and investigative disclosure projects. She has advised clients in the financial services, technology and telecoms and energy and natural resources sectors.
Mark BrailsfordBerwin Leighton PaisnerOsborne ClarkeCorporate taxMark specialises in complex international mandates advising on the tax elements of structured finance, securitisations, capital markets and derivatives. He has worked with financial institutions, funds and corporations, advising issuers, managers, and trustees in relation to the tax aspects of international transactions.
Dominic RoughtonBoies Schiller FlexnerHerbert Smith FreehillsDispute ResolutionDominic has worked on numerous international disputes, including international boundary disputes, treaty disputes and advised on state-to-state and investor-state dispute resolution procedures. He has acted as counsel in commercial arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC, SIAC, JCAA, and CIETAC rules.
Jane IrelandBoodle HatfieldAshfordsCorporateJane has extensive experience of advising entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals on their business and commercial interests. She specialises in mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and reorganisations.
Erol HuseyinBrachersNorton Rose FulbrightProjectsErol has 20 years’ experience advising businesses and lenders on all aspects of commercial transactions, with a particular specialism in energy.
Hannah Langford + teamClarke WillmottClarion HousingSocial housingAppointment of 11 new team members to the social housing team, leading by partner Hannah Langford (including senior associates Joanna Jackson, previously a specialist at Devonshires, and Angela Byrne who has 25 years’ experience in social housing litigation, as well as associate Muzammel Mian, an experienced social housing solicitor previously with the Metropolitan Housing Trust. Three new solicitors have been appointed: Sarah Cave, who has previously worked in Devonshires property team, Victoria Smith who worked for social housing specialists Glazer Delmar Solicitors and Alexis Campbell who comes from Simply Social Housing Limited. Also joining is trainee legal executive Nafisa Bibi, previously in-house at social housing provider Guinness. The team will also be supported by three new paralegals: Ashleigh Draper, Cecilia Fletcher and Laura Rolls).
Nick FothergillDAC BeachcroftWatson Farley & WilliamsCorporateNick has extensive experience advising on M&A, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations, commercial contracts, private equity / infrastructure transactions and general company law matters. His practice focuses on transactional work in the energy (both renewable and conventional power), infrastructure, transportation and financial institutions sectors. In addition, he has particular experience of advising on the sale of UK offshore transmission assets as part of the OFTO tender regime run by Ofgem.
Patricia VolhardDebevoise & PlimptonPöllath + Partners (Frankfurt)Private fundsPatricia is a private funds regulatory specialist, and will join the firm as a partner, operating out of its Frankfurt and London offices. Her practice is focused on advising private funds on a range of regulatory issues. She is admitted to practise in Germany and France, and speaks fluent German, French and English.
Stephen SurgeonerDechertClifford ChanceDispute ResolutionStephen has more than two decades’ experience advising on all forms of commercial disputes resolution, with a focus on the banking, funds, insurance, energy and telecoms industries. He advises client in the UK and globally with high-value, cross-jurisdictional complex commercial litigation, mediation, investigations, and domestic and international arbitration.
Celyn ArmstrongDentonsLinklatersRegulatory LawCelyn has extensive experience of advising banks, insurers, investment managers, financial markets, intermediaries and other regulated firms He advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters, including enforcement investigations, s.166 reviews, internal investigations, implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, governance issues, and supervisory engagement with the Prudential Regulation Authority and FCA.
Cameron HalfDentonsAllen & OveryCorporateCameron is a senior US securities lawyer with nearly 15 years’ experience representing underwriters, lead managers and corporate and sovereign issuers and shareholders on high-profile equity and debt capital markets transactions. He focuses on European and emerging markets, including Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Russia and CIS. His sector expertise includes banking and financial institutions, mining and natural resources, and sovereign issuers. He is a fluent Russian speaker.
Nick HaydayDentonsFreshfieldsCorporateNick specialises in debt capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on emerging markets. He represents investment banks, sovereigns, issuers and private equity clients in sectors including financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, airlines, railways, oil and gas and mining.
Bob CordranDorsey & WhitneyMarriott Harrison LLPEmploymentBob is an experienced employment lawyer having advised clients across a wide variety of industries including retail, media, professional services, healthcare, financial services and technology. He has 20 years’ experience.
Richard TwomeyDWFPinsent MasonsArbitration and litigationRichard specialises in international arbitration and high value complex disputes particularly in the energy, technology and manufacturing sectors. He has over 15 years’ experience in international dispute resolution. His practice primarily deals with disputes resolved through international arbitration, often concerning distressed projects, transactional fall out, shareholder and ownership disputes, as well as UK pensions regulatory work. He has acted for corporations, governments, trustees and prominent individuals, often in disputes involving several jurisdictions.
Anthony Thompson, Catharine Bell, Nick Jacob and Daniel UgurFosters Solicitors LLPGowling WLGPrivate ClientThe team will join Foster on 1 May 2017 and includes four partners as well as ten solicitors and five other members of staff.
Guy MorganFox WilliamsStephenson HarwoodCapital MarketsGuy focuses on equity capital markets transactions, takeovers and other UK Takeover Code transactions. His experience includes advising listed and unlisted companies and institutions on a range of domestic and cross-border corporate finance transactions, including public M&A, IPOs and public equity fundraisings. He also advises on private M&A, joint ventures, buyouts and corporate restructurings
Ben MorganFreshfieldsSerious Fraud OfficeCorporate Crime / Global InvestigationsBen Morgan, who joined the SFO in 2013 from Norton Rose Fulbright where he was a senior associate, has played an active role in a number of high profile matters during his time with the SFO, including investigations into Rolls-Royce and Airbus.
Michael DarowskiGowling WLGHogan LovellsDispute ResolutionMichael has more than 15 years’ experience during which time he has been based in the UK and Hong Kong. He has advised on complex, high-value arbitrations and arbitration-related litigation in a number of sectors, with a particular focus on energy and natural resources.
Ben MellorsHolman Fenwick WillanBeale and CoDispute ResolutionBen is a specialist construction lawyer with over 18 years' experience in the industry. He advises clients on all aspects of international construction and engineering projects, with a particular focus on Southern Europe, the Middle East and East Africa.
Daniel CsefalvayLatham & WatkinsLinklatersCorporateDaniel’s practice focuses on representing investment banks, fund managers and market infrastructure providers, including trading platforms and clearing houses, on all aspects of financial markets regulation. His work includes licensing and structuring, issues relating to clearing and settlement, corporate M&A involving the financial services sector, regulatory reform projects, such as MAR and MiFID II, and questions generally relating to the marketing and distribution of financial products. He has extensive experience advising on a range of complex domestic and cross-border transactional and financial regulatory matters.
Christopher DearieMJ HudsonFreshfieldsFinancial services and regulationChristopher advises asset managers, banks and domestic and international investment funds on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues. He has previously worked at Freshfields, Ropes & Gray, and Jones Day.
Daniel LewinMJ HudsonArnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLPTaxDaniel advises corporate, institutional, investment management and private clients on the UK and international tax aspects of a wide variety of transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, financings, investment funds, investment structures, joint ventures, and employment matters. He has particular experience in the taxation of hedge, private equity, and infrastructure funds and sponsors.
Marilyn McKeeverNew Quadrant PartnersBerwin Leighton PaisnerPrivate ClientMarilyn specialises in international and UK tax and estate planning. She focuses on the remittance basis of taxation and on tax and estate planning for non UK domiciled clients, especially those with a US connection. She also advises on cross-border tax and legal matters, tax efficient charitable giving, and trusts in the commercial context including employee benefit trusts, disguised remuneration, unit trusts and pension schemes. She is a member of the Law Society’ tax law committee and regularly engages with HMRC on policy and new legislation in the offshore and non-dom field. She sits as a judge of the First-tier Tax Tribunal.
Elizabeth GeorgePattinson & BrewerLeigh DayEmployment and PensionsElizabeth is a specialist in discrimination work, she worked as a solicitor before qualifying as a barrister with Cloisters. George has previously worked for Leigh Day where she spent seven years.
Simon AireyPaul HastingsDLA PiperCorporate Crime / Global InvestigationsSimon joins from DLA Piper, where he was one of the six original members of the firm’s global investigations initiative. His practice focuses on a broad range of regulatory, criminal and civil litigation. He has extensive experience advising clients on global investigations, financial and regulatory crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud inquiries, dawn raids, corporate compliance, and reputation management issues. His sector experience includes construction, defence, financial services, oil and gas, logistics, pharmaceuticals and telecoms.
David BermanQuinn Emanuel Urquhart & SullivanMacfarlanesRegulatory and investigationsPrior to becoming a lawyer, David Berman was a managing director at an international investment bank, where he held senior level roles in legal, compliance and front office functions. Berman advises financial institutions (across both buy-side and sell-side) and other multinational organisations on regulatory and compliance issues. He counsels boards and senior management teams on regulatory issues of strategic significance. He specialises in providing strategic advice, encompassing issue prevention, containment and resolution, including internal investigations.
Stuart NashRosenblatt SolicitorsEdwin CoeConstructionA dual qualified, US lawyer and UK solicitor, Stuart specialises in construction law, property development and dispute resolution. He deals with cross-border construction disputes and has conducted ICC, LCIA and AAA arbitrations. He often acts for US companies carrying out work in Europe and the Middle East in both the construction and energy sectors.
Emily MonastiriotisSimmons & SimmonsBond DickinsonDispute ResolutionEmily specialises in construction disputes, from an insurance perspective (professional risks), and also pure construction (mainly contractor focused).
Matthew KnowlesStewarts LawHarbour Litigation FundingInternational ArbitrationMatthew has experience in litigation from an advisory and client perspective having worked at Linklaters and at Norton Rose Fulbright as well as in-house at BHP Billiton where he was the senior disputes lawyer in the northern hemisphere.
Paul WerrellVeale Wasbrough VizardsClarks (Reading based firm)HealthcarePaul has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, and has specialised in working for clients in the healthcare sector, with a mixed caseload of contentious and non-contentious work. He has a particular focus on advising GP practices and individual GPs. He has extensive experience drafting partnerships deeds and other partnership related documents.
Daniel IsaacWallaceWithersEmploymentDaniel has extensive experience advising individuals and organisations on workplace relationships, whether involving employment law, partnership law, shareholders’ rights, or advising entrepreneurs. His sector experience includes finance and banking services, professional services and the creative industries. He has advised on sex discrimination claims and whistleblowing claims.
Paul HibbertWeil Gotshal & MangesBaker McKenzieFinancePaul's expertise covers leveraged finance, structured finance, real estate finance and general corporate banking, with a particular focus on advising both sponsors and lenders on financing of real assets.
Angus DuncanWinston & StrawnCadwalader, Wickersham & TaftCorporateAngus has securitisation experience, including advising on securitisations of a range of assets including loans, consumer assets, trade receivables, commercial real estate, and hedge fund interests. His practice also focuses on insurance-linked securities, including catastrophic bond, sidecars, industry loss warranties and privately placed transactions with respect to catastrophe, mortality and longevity risk. He has also worked in the developing alternative finance markets acting for a number of new market participants. He worked at Allen & Overy for 11 years, including nine as a partner, and two as Tokyo managing partner.


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