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In a week of significant sideways moves between large Global 100 companies, White & Case expanded its global M&A practice to include Linklaters partner Marc Petitier in Paris.
Petitier is a renowned corporate attorney with 20 years of experience at Linklaters who has led many of France’s top corporate transactions and advised clients on public and private M&A transactions, sales and joint ventures, and corporate governance. He has experience in a variety of sectors including technology, financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, and in business related to Africa.
“The strength of our global network of market-leading local expertise in many of the world’s major jurisdictions means that we can advise clients on their most complex cross-border matters wherever their transactions take place,” said John Reiss, Head of Global M & A practice from White & Case. “Marc’s reputation as a leading M&A partner will enhance our existing corporate capabilities in Paris and complement our strengths in finance, restructuring and disputes, which are more important than ever in the current economic climate.”
In Germany, Paul Hastings has signed a major capital market contract with Katja Kaulamo from Skadden in Frankfurt. Kaulamo advises on a variety of complex international corporate and capital markets transactions for top institutions, including investment banks such as Goldman, JP Morgan and Bank of America, as well as private equity firms and large, sophisticated companies. She has extensive experience with IPOs, capital increases, rights issues, block trades and offers of convertible and hybrid capital instruments as well as investment grade and high yield debt securities. Her practice also includes capital market regulatory advice, corporate governance, public M&A transactions and other corporate matters.
‘Katja’s arrival strengthens our integrated corporate and, in particular, private equity offering in Frankfurt. This is also the first of several significant additions that we expect in the coming months as we accelerate the continuous growth of our practice in Germany to respond to customer needs and the trends we see in the market ”, said Christopher Wolff, chairman of Paul Hastings’ Frankfurt office. “Katja’s extensive experience advising German companies on their listings on the US capital markets, as well as her high-yield skills, also open up significant opportunities for working with our American and London colleagues to guide our clients’ cross-border growth.”
In Manhattan, Allen & Overy expanded its growing US private equity offering with the hiring of Baker McKenzie transaction manager Nicholas Marchica, who started his career with A&O in Australia for over a year.
“Allen & Overy has expanded its US private equity practice since 2017 and the addition of Nick to our talented team expands our offering across the spectrum of strategic mergers and acquisitions,” said the firm’s US senior partner Tim House. ‘One of our top strategic priorities is to significantly expand our presence here in the US across all of our practices so that we can continue to support our elite customers with their most important initiatives. Nick’s arrival is another step toward that goal, and we believe we can maintain that momentum and expand our reach. ‘
“Allen & Overy was my home early in my career and I look forward to returning to a time when the private equity industry will continue to break records for business value and volume,” added Marchica.
In London, Hogan Lovells took a significant step by hiring Herbert Smith’s UK Head of Intellectual Property, Joel Smith.
Smith specializes in trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. He is also heavily involved in IP transactions and IP trade deals, particularly complex collaboration, brand licensing and technology transfer agreements. He has almost 25 years of relevant experience, most recently as an international employee in Hong Kong, Milan and Sydney.
Also in London, Reed Smith announced the hiring of James Atkin as a partner in its global energy and natural resources group.
Atkin comes from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where he was the global leader in oil and gas. Before that he was a partner at Vinson & Elkins for 10 years and also worked at Baker Botts and Denton Wilde Sapte, where he qualified.
Its operations focus on upstream and downstream oil and gas, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG), and support customers in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, and North and Latin America. He regularly advises clients on large oil and gas projects, LNG sales agreements and energy-related acquisitions.
Based in Tokyo for over a decade, Atkin has close ties to the Japanese market where he advised some of the region’s leading utility and retail companies.