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Revolving Doorways: Quinn hires Simmons Forces in a London-focused recruitment spherical

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has added senior management to its sizeable armed forces as a large number of companies have focused on partnering in London.

Paul Baker, Head of Dispute Resolution at Simmons & Simmons in the UK, has joined the US heavyweight Quinn Emanuel as a partner in London. With a particular focus on financial disputes, Baker also led Simmons’ reputation management practice.
A notable mandate for Baker during his tenure at Simmons, he represented Grant Thornton and two of his former partners on the multi-billion pound debt raised by real estate investment brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz.

John Quinn, Founder of Quinn Emanuel, said: “Paul is another impressive addition to the London office which will see significant growth again this year due to a spectacular 2020.” The company announced a remarkable 27% increase in London sales in January.

Meanwhile, Hogan Lovells made a number of marquee hires over the past week, including the appointment of Patrick Sarch, White & Case’s M&A star. Sarch will co-direct Hogan Lovells’ London M&A practice with Ben Higson.

In addition, a four-person process team joined Hogan Lovells from Debevoise & Plimpton. The team consists of two partners, Kevin Lloyd and Richard Lawton. Lloyd has a broad practice in trade disputes while Lawton specializes in cross-border trade disputes.

Miguel Zaldivar, CEO of Hogan Lovells, said: “These appointments show our ambition and commitment to become an unrivaled global powerhouse that puts customers at the center of everything we do, increases sales and increases profitability.”

A Debevoise spokesperson said: “Our UK trade dispute team remains one of the strongest in the market, led by a group of established senior partners and an exciting group of future leaders.”

Jones Day also strengthened its London dispute settlement bank, appointing Michelle Bradfield as a partner. Bradfield, co-head of the international arbitration panel in Dechert’s London office, will also be tasked with expanding her practice to Australia. She has experience in border and maritime disputes, investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration.

Lewis Silkin continued the controversial issue and expanded his commercial dispute settlement bank to 15 partners with the hiring of Neil Parkes. Parkes comes from Foot Antsey and has particular focus in the media, entertainment and technology sectors, but also has a strong background in controversial IP matters.

Stephenson Harwood has made a significant leveraged finance hire with Julie Romer as a partner at DLA Piper in London. She has over 20 years of experience advising lenders, private equity sponsors, and corporate borrowers on all types of financing transactions.

James Linforth, director of Stephenson Harwood’s banking practice, described Romer as “an outstanding attorney known for his commercial insight and technical skills.”

Goodwin has added an experienced private equity partner, Geoff O’Dea, who is moving from Baker McKenzie to the company’s London office. O’Dea specializes in acquisition finance, corporate credit, and restructuring and bankruptcy.

Richard Lever, a London-based Goodwin private equity partner, said O’Dea will become an “integral part” of his team, noting that the company is “incredibly focused on building our platform in the UK and Europe to.” to respond to increasing demand. ” of customers. ‘

With another loss for Dechert, Mayer Brown hired his European head of structured finance, Charles Malpass, in London. Malpass has extensive practice with multiple jurisdictions and frequently advises on transactions in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the United States.

“This is a great attitude for us,” announced Dominic Griffiths, partner and co-head of Mayer Brown’s global banking and finance practice. He added, “Finance has long been one of the strengths of our global platform, which we maintain through continuous and targeted investments like this one.”

Reed Smith has also added to its structured finance bank in London with the appointment of partner Jason Richardson, who joins from Sidley Austin. Richardson advises on a variety of structured finance transactions, with a particular focus on commercial real estate and derivatives transactions.

Panos Kastambas, Reed Smith’s global co-head of finance, said, “He is an extremely talented attorney and well respected across the industry. In fact, I know how well he worked with him as an attorney on a recent complex transaction. ‘

Finally, Dentons and a team of nine in the region secured a major insurance move in Canada. Five of the arriving attorneys are partners with varying degrees of expertise in corporate, regulation, and litigation.

The team is led by corporate and regulatory partner Laurie LaPalme and similarly specialized partners Derek Levinsky and Marisa Coggin in Toronto and Calgary. Partners Arthur Hamilton and Laurie Livingtsone bring their expertise in commercial disputes.

Martin Mankabady, London partner and global chairman of Dentons Insurance Group, said: ‘Enhancing our capabilities in the insurance sector worldwide is a major priority for Dentons. Our size cannot be surpassed by any other law firm and our aim is to continue to be the market leader and advisor to both large conglomerates with global reach and local companies with highly specialized requirements. ‘

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