Revolving Doors: K&L Gates and Squire Patton Boggs hire multiple employees around the world as the Ashurst chairman heads to the competition court
In the last round of lateral partner changes, two well-known transatlantic Global 100 companies, K&L Gates and Squire Patton Boggs, have strengthened their international offices with multiple hires.
K&L Gates has hired two senior executives in town to strengthen its asset management and white-collar crime teams. First, Daniel Greenaway joins Mishcon de Reya as a partner with expertise in advising fund managers on private equity, venture capital, credit, infrastructure and real estate investments.
The specialist in corporate crime, Michael Ruck, who comes from TLT, has experience in enforcement by the Financial Conduct Authority as well as consulting experience from advising clients on investigations by the Serious Fraud Office.
Tony Griffiths, K&L Gates Managing Partner for Europe and the Middle East, said: “Daniel and Michael are another important step in further developing our synchronized, multidisciplinary approach to customer service.”
Squire Patton Boggs has also made concerted recruiting efforts over the past week and hired two international partners to improve its global operations. In Singapore, the law firm has hired litigation and arbitration specialist Rodman Bundy as a partner in the former allied company Harry Elias von Eversheds Sutherland Singapore.
Bundy, previously co-head of Eversheds Sutherland’s arbitration group, has more than 35 years of experience advising on cross-border litigation and arbitration for investment contracts.
In Australia, SPB expanded its construction practice in Sydney by hiring Brent Henderson, who joins the DWF. Henderson focuses on construction disputes and regularly represents government agencies, private sector bidders, consortia and contractors investing in large infrastructure projects.
In other steps, Ropes & Gray has expanded its London fund bank and appointed Emily Brown as a partner in the New York-based fund specialist Schulte Roth & Zabel. Brown has experience advising large institutional investors and sponsors on a number of fund matters, including fundraisers. Tom Alabaster, Ropes & Gray’s Head of Funds for EMEA, said: ‘She is a recognized leader and her arrival adds to our momentum as we enhance our full-service private funds and wealth management capabilities in EMEA. Emily is the perfect solution to continue this advance as we respond to growing demands from our customers. ‘
The dispute specialist Stewarts has identified a new head of its insolvency and restructuring practice in former WLG partner Alex Jay von Gowling. Jay has primarily advised on disputes arising from distressed or bankrupt situations and recently represented liquidators in a US $ 450 million lawsuit against an offshore bank.
In the meantime, TLT has hired partner Ranjeev Kumar to strengthen its real estate financing capacity in London. Kumar is an established partner who has led the real estate finance practice of Watson Farley & Williams and has advised on a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions in the sector.
Finally, Ashurst’s longtime global chairman announced his intention to step down from his role and join the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).
Ben Tidswell has accepted a position as chairman of the CAT which is expected to see an increase in class actions following recent rulings such as Merricks v Mastercard this summer. Upon assuming the role, Tidswell will end his eight year term as chairman of Ashurst and his 21 years as partner.
The company will shortly begin an election process to identify Tidswell’s successor, who will take up the position on August 1, 2021 for a four-year term.