Revolving Doors: Cleary takes on rare Slaughters while Goodwin and Shearman play major London plays

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has strengthened its impressive antitrust qualifications in Europe and hired Slaughter and May special advisor Jackie Holland as partners in London.

Holland, a leading name in UK Competitive Bar, has over 25 years of private practice and an agency background from a time at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) where she was Senior Director. At the OFT, Holland reformed the agency’s merger control system and antitrust measures.

Holland commented on their move, calling Cleary’s antitrust practice “among the best in the world”. She added: ‘It is a fascinating time to be a competition lawyer in London as the competition and market regulator has a bigger role to play in the post-Brexit world. I can’t wait to get started. ‘

Meanwhile, Goodwin has expanded its London bank by hiring tax partner Dulcie Daly and debt finance partner Hugh O’Sullivan from Kirkland & Ellis. The highly rated Daly has nearly 15 years of UK and international tax planning and tax advice on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.

Laura Charkin, Goodwin Tax Partner, said of Daly: ‘Dulcie will be an invaluable resource for our clients as they continue to draw us for our expertise in private equity, technology, life sciences, real estate and financial services and the convergence of these industries. ‘

O’Sullivan advises sponsors, corporations, funds and financial institutions on a variety of complex and multi-jurisdiction financing transactions and is described as a “rising talent” by Christian Iwasko, a private equity partner at Goodwin.

Arrivals have seen a significant growth period for Goodwin – in the past five years the number of European lawyers in London, Cambridge, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris has increased from 20 to 240.

In a high profile exit from Travers Smith after Paul Dolman left Latham & Watkins in December, Phil Cheveley, head of M&A and equity capital markets, has joined Shearman & Sterling. Cheveley has a varied practice in M&A, private equity and restructuring and will take on the role of Head of M&A for EMEA at Shearman.

Senior Partner David Beveridge commented, “The appointment of Phil is part of the ongoing expansion of our M&A practice around the world, including in London, which is a key component of our long-term strategy and strengthens the firm’s position as an elite global law firm. “

Also in London, King & Spalding confirmed that the company had engaged the arbitration partner Kenneth Beale from Boies Schiller Flexner. Beale, who advises on both commercial and investor state arbitration, is expected to move to King & Spalding’s Washington DC base later this year.

Describing King & Spalding as the “global leader in international arbitration”, Beale said, “I have known and respected many of the company’s partners and look forward to working with them to solve our clients’ toughest challenges and needs.”

JMW Solicitors, based in Manchester, has significantly expanded its activities in London and hired five new partners in various areas of activity. The staff are: Real Estate Partner Sophie Maryan from Philip Ross Solicitor; John Andrews, M&A specialist and former partner of Morrisons Solicitors; former real estate finance partner of Watson Farley & Williams, Petar Orlic; Family law partner David Thompson of BDB Pitmans; and corporate crime partner Daniel Martin, formerly Blaser Mills Law.

Senior Partner Joy Kingsley said: ‘Despite the challenging environment, we continue to see significant growth in our London office. Our continued investment is rewarded with exceptional growth and these recent appointments bring the team to 44 partners in London. ‘

Fox Williams has appointed Bird & Bird retail partner Lucy England to her London office where she will join the company’s retail and technology group. As the company’s 36th partner, she will focus specifically on the aviation and travel industries and the impact technology has on those sectors.

England described its practice as follows: “The travel and aviation sectors were facing dramatic change before the advent of the Covid pandemic, fueled by new and exciting technologies. Covid has accelerated this change as tour operators look forward to a significant upturn after the pandemic. ‘

In a significant move for the London bar, leading commercial set Fountain Court Chambers has welcomed the arrival of Laurie Brock as a tenant. Brock comes from Maitland Chambers and brings a broad practice with a focus on banking and financial services.

Fountain Court Manager Bankim Thanki QC noted that Brock’s “sheer excellence” has “generally impressed” the set over the past few years.

In Europe, Bird & Bird has completed a significant insurance deal in Spain with the hiring of a team of two partners and two employees from Hogan Lovells. Of the two partners, Luis Alfonso Fernández Manzano was formerly head of the insurance and reinsurance group of Hogan Lovells in Spain. His expertise lies in insurance disputes alongside reinsurance contracts and the regulatory aspects of the market.

The other partner, Virginia Martínez Fernández, previously headed Hogan Lovells’ Spanish supervisory and reinsurance practice. She regularly advises clients on the interpretation of Spanish insurance and reinsurance regulations and has experience in designing insurance distribution structures in Spain.

Manzano commented: “As one of the most successful insurance teams in the Spanish market, our team’s future strategy will be to focus on the type of work that allows us to make a real difference in the insurance sector.”

WFW has hired two partners to expand its hotel and hotel practice in Singapore and Sydney respectively. Partners Robert Williams and Lada Shelkovnikova are accompanied by an advisor and a special advisor, all from Withers.

Williams and Shelkovnikova are established experts in M&A in hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region. Williams said, ‘Joining WFW will improve the regional coverage of our team and provide the opportunity to better serve the markets in Thailand, Vietnam and the Middle East through offices in Bangkok, Hanoi and Dubai. We will continue to work with and provide close support to all of our customers and continue to expand our hospitality teams in Sydney and Singapore over the coming months. ‘

Similarly, Ashurst has strengthened its Sydney office by hiring veteran dispute resolution partner Nicholas Mavrakis from Australian competitor Clayton Utz. Mavrakis has built a broad practice over 25 years that includes commercial disputes, government investigations, class actions, securities law, antitrust disputes, and tax and fraud disputes.

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