Revolving doorways: European and London facet panels cease setting earlier than Christmas

In a last lateral recruitment campaign before Christmas, a number of international companies announced remarkable partner positions.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has announced the appointment of Jason Marty as its new Chief Operating Officer. Marty, currently global COO at Baker McKenzie, will officially take up his new position on March 1st. He will be based in Chicago and will play a key role in implementing BCLP’s new business transformation initiative, known as Project Advance.

Marty spent nearly two decades with Baker McKenzie. Prior to his role as COO, he led the development of the firm’s Belfast Service Center and platform for alternative legal services, as well as director of marketing and knowledge management.

“This is a transformative time for BCLP and Jason is a world-class manager in the operations and legal industry who is a great addition to our leadership team and a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Lisa Mayhew and Steve Baumer, co-chairs of BCLP. “We are delighted to have Jason on board as he leads our company through its next ambitious strategic chapter to become the ‘most admired international company built by our people to serve our customers’.

Elsewhere, Alston & Bird is expanding its transatlantic corporate and transaction offering with its partner Tamer Bahgat in London. Bahgat joined Ashurst where he was hired as a Senior Associate by Allen & Overy in 2017 to lead the new European high yield offering. He focuses on international capital markets and leveraged finance transactions, with a particular focus on complex high-yield debt, refinancing and leveraged buyouts for corporations, private equity sponsors and investment banks.

Bahgat is the latest addition to Alston & Bird’s London financial capabilities. Earlier this year, the company added several corporate, disputes and restructuring partners including Phil Taylor, Saloni Joshi and Paul Morris.

“As one of the leading high yield and debt capital market lawyers in Europe, Tamer brings additional expertise and dynamism to our financial capabilities in London,” said Matthew Wrysinski, partner at Alston & Bird and co-head of the firm’s finance group. “Tamer complements and deepens our corporate debt practice as we continue to expand our customer offerings on both sides of the Atlantic.”

In Europe, Maples and Calder – the Maples Group’s law firm – has expanded its global tax capabilities to include Jean-Dominique Morelli as a tax partner in their Luxembourg office.

Morelli, a former partner at CMS Luxembourg, has more than 15 years of experience in international corporate taxation issues. His practice focuses on litigation tax issues, mutual funds, cross-border transactions, M&A, project finance, structured finance, securitisations, corporate restructurings, local real estate and intellectual property.

Meanwhile, Paul Hastings – who was apparently a full growth mode – has left some partners. McDermott Will & Emery expanded its M&A and private equity team with the arrival of Guillaume Kellner as a partner in Paris, where he was head and partner of the Paul Hastings corporate team since 2011.

“With Guillaume’s appointment we are taking another step in our development,” said Grégoire Andrieux, managing partner of MWE’s Paris office. ‘His track record, and especially his expertise in regulated sectors, is a perfect match for the goals we have set for ourselves. The first is to position ourselves as industry experts, supported by leading practices and providing a high value-added response to our clients’ strategic needs. ‘

In London, Norton Rose Fulbright announced the hiring of Paul Hastings partner Jennie Dorsaint to broaden its real estate finance and structured finance practices. She represents lenders, arrangers, investors, administrators, service providers and real estate debt funds in connection with the creation, syndication, securitization, restructuring and enforcement of real estate debt and commercial loans across Europe.

Finally, media, technology and intellectual property specialist Wiggin has announced the expansion of its Brussels office with the arrival of IP practitioners Carina Gommers and Carl De Meyer from leading Benelux boutique Hoyng ROKH Monegier.

Gommers and De Meyer are recognized both in the Belgian capital and internationally, acting for some of the most famous and innovative companies in all intellectual property rights. Wiggin said the move reflects continued growth and investment in its IP practice in the UK and EU, and follows the hiring of a new telecom team and expansion of its computer gaming practice in November.

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