Greenberg Traurig made a remarkable team hiring in Europe over the past week. A key partner has left a leading independent Euro Elite company in favor of a major international player.
Greenberg, for whom real estate is an outstanding practice in its home market in the USA, has expanded its offering in Amsterdam with a team from Amsterdam and London led by partner David van Dijk from the leading independent Benelux company NautaDutilh. Van Dijk is considered one of the leading figures in the Dutch chapter of The Legal 500 EMEA and has served as head of international real estate practice at Nauta and a member of the board of directors of the Amsterdam-based firm where he has had a robust lead over many years of experience in both transactional real estate and disputes with the asset class.
He commented: ‘Over the past ten years, real estate has become increasingly important as an asset class and hedging instrument for institutional investors. The real estate industry has matured and become global, with highly developed institutional players. Transactions typically span multiple jurisdictions and require an integrated approach across countries and different specializations. This creates the need for a truly integrated global approach. There are only a limited number of companies that can offer this. Historically, Greenberg Traurig has long been the leading company in the international real estate industry. This makes the move a logical decision for our team. ‘
Meanwhile, the most significant move of the week came between two global London firms as Alston & Bird’s year-long city base just added global restructuring specialist Phillip Taylor, who joins Sidley Austin after more than two decades.
Taylor, who has many years of experience in complex international restructurings, special situations and insolvency matters and has been closely involved in many of the world’s most important cases, is moving to Alston, based in Atlanta, with financial partners Andrew Petersen and James Spencer von one year after opening in the UK K&L Gates and competitive partner James Ashe-Taylor from Constantine Cannon, before joining structured finance partner James Fisher from Reed Smith in March.
Over the past week, crime and disputes specialist Kingsley Napley added three partners. The newcomers are John Young and David Davies, who join the corporate and commercial team at the other LB100 law firms, JMW and Bates Wells, and Will MacFarlane, a family law specialist who joins another LB100 regional law firm, Royds Withy King .
Another Second 50 LB100 company, Fladgate, has brought some high-level experience to its C-suite, and starting January next year, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, David Rowe’s global chief operating officer, has been named COO.
Prior to joining BCLP in 2013, Rowe held a number of executive positions at PwC, most recently as the finance director of its global network. In a statement, Fladgate said: ‘The appointment of a senior executive with the depth of experience that David brings is a key building block in Fladgate’s new three-year business strategy to accelerate the successful model of delivering personal, agile and entrepreneurial service to some of the world’s leaders fastest growing companies and “trend initiator” brands as well as UHNWI and its consultants. ‘
Rowe added, ‘I enjoyed my time at BCLP. It’s a business that has grown rapidly and has brought some market leading innovations to the market. My decision to leave and join Fladgate was based on the fact that it has a refreshingly different vision that is aimed at building a very personal, agile and enterprising service, as well as a range of features and products that allow it to to work on highly complex and fast workflows. moving work. The opportunity to advance that vision, grow the business and develop a highly differentiated market position at a time when market changes in 2020 and beyond make that vision even more relevant is a fantastic opportunity. ‘
Elsewhere, Kennedys has added Tobin Ashby of Pinsent Masons to its non-controversial insurance practice. He has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, including a decade in-house for a global insurance group.
He advises insurers, intermediaries, brokers, mutuals, investment platform providers, fintechs, banks, employee benefits consultants, fund managers and SIPP providers on their products and services, regulatory issues, all types of distribution and trade agreements and strategic transformation projects .
Tobin’s appointment follows the recent appointment of Amanda Hanmore, Partner and UK Head of Real Estate and Construction, who joined the company’s corporate and commercial division from Trowers & Hamlins. It is the latest addition to Kennedys’ growth agenda, with the company posting record sales of £ 238 million this year. It opened its first office on the west coast of the US in San Francisco, a new association with the Canadian insurance specialist Dolden Wallace Folick opening a new office in Israel.
Further afield, the national insurance provider Hill Dickinson has expanded its offering in Asia by hiring DWF partner Jonathan Goacher in Singapore after the local DWF office was closed. First and foremost, Goacher is known for his expertise in the insurance sector and has more than 20 years of experience advising on regulatory issues, particularly in guiding regulated companies through the formation process in Asia, be it organically or through mergers / acquisitions, including dealing with local business regulators.
Andrew Lee, director of Hill Dickinson’s Singapore office, said, “Jonathan comes to us at a time when our Singapore office is growing rapidly again and we are expanding our practice to meet increased customer demand will. Regulation in this region is growing and becoming increasingly difficult and its combination of international expertise and local experience in this area will ideally position us to support our customers. ‘