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Revolving Doorways: In the course of the metropolis’s recruiting hiatus, Wilson Sonsini and Ashurst take excellent strides when Quinn hires in Paris

There have been few significant hires in London over the past week as the city’s recruitment market slumped and Ashurst and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati took the only strategic steps. Meanwhile, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Clyde & Co both looked to Paris to strengthen their banks.

Ashurst announced the hiring of Markjan van Schaardenburgh from Linklaters to his corporate practice in the city. Van Schaardenburgh has extensive experience in private equity transactions in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa and is a significant addition to the company.

Commenting on the appointment, Jason Radford, Head of Global Head of Corporate, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Markjan to Ashurst – he is a well-respected and world-class M&A expert. Markjan’s significant expertise in Europe and Africa makes him an excellent addition to the team as we continue to build on our skills in the private equity and fund industries and our European network. Our investments in public and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as private capital, are an important strategic priority for the company. ‘

Elsewhere, Wilson Sonsini hired former COO of Checkout.com (and GC Powerlister) Joshua Kaplan to strengthen his advisory skills in the global fintech space. Kaplan will join Wilson Sonsini as a partner in his London office, advising fintech companies around the world how to best enter the U.S. market and navigate the country’s regulatory landscape.

Checkout.com is a payment processing company that does business with Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay, and PayPal, and has customers such as Deliveroo, TransferWise, and Samsung. Kaplan joined the company three years ago as General Counsel and later as Chief Operating Officer. Wilson Sonsini is one of the key legal advisors to the London-based fintech firm, alongside Baker McKenzie, Ashurst, Macfarlanes and Travers Smith.

Elsewhere, the armed forces powerhouse Quinn Emanuel strengthened again in Paris two weeks after the firm hired former attorney for the French Finance Prosecutor’s Office, Eric Russo.

The firm has now recruited tax attorney Stéphane Chaouat to lead the tax litigation practice in the city. Chaouat has been a partner in Weil Gotshal’s Paris office for the past 17 years, including the past eight years as a managing partner. Chaouat has experience as a litigator best known for solving high stakes, complex tax quotas, disputes and negotiations.

Thomas Voisin, managing partner of Quinn Emanuel’s Paris office, said: “Stéphane is an excellent addition to our company. He strengthens Quinn Emanuel’s unprecedented tax platform for criminals and employees both in Paris and internationally. ‘

Clyde & Co also moved to Paris and hired two partners for its international arbitration group. Hery Ranjeva and Ivan Urzhumov will join the company from Foley Hoag after previously working together at Winston Strawn and working as a team for over 10 years.

Ranjeva’s practice focuses on public international law, international arbitration and litigation, and frequently represents sovereign states, companies and individuals before French and Malagasy national courts. Urzhumov, meanwhile, focuses on international arbitration and litigation. He has experience in handling trade and investment arbitration proceedings under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules.

Nadia Darwazeh, Head of Arbitration at Clyde & Co’s Paris office, said: “The combined know-how and geographic focus of Hery and Ivan on Francophone Africa and Eastern Europe not only strengthen our arbitration, but also complement the range of expertise that we can offer our clients in the Paris office and beyond. ‘

Finally, HFW strengthened its Australian practice by hiring a five-strong construction team in Sydney led by senior partner Antony Riordan of local Colin Biggers & Paisley.

The latest hires continue HFW’s ambitious growth strategy in Australia, following the arrival in 2019 of a specialist labor relations team of eight lawyers and the recent hiring of regulatory and product liability specialist Michael Maxwell and labor relations partner Charmaine Tsang.

HFW has also promoted four new partners in Australia since 2018 and moved its Sydney office to larger premises in September to accommodate continued growth.

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