Revolving doorways: Within the bumper spherical of facet recruiting, Gibson Dunn is employed by Morgan Stanley when Deloitte Kemp Little takes over
Team leader changes, internal hiring and even acquisitions of boutique companies have taken place over the past week as recruitment has increased significantly both domestically and internationally.
The standout mindset of the week was Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who recruited Matthew Nunan, formerly chief executive officer and EMEA head of conduct risk at Morgan Stanley, to focus on complex, controversial investigations and disputes in the London financial sector. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was Head of Wholesale Enforcement for the UK Financial Conduct Authority and previously served as a case controller with the Serious Fraud Office and as a prosecutor for the Department of Commerce and Industry.
Jeff Trinklein, co-partner of Gibson Dunn’s London office, said, ‘Matt’s ability to understand both the regulatory and commercial positions involved in complex investigations and disputes will fit well with our world-leading enforcement and regulatory practice. His background complements that of our youngest partners, Susy Bullock, former head of EMEA litigation at UBS, and Michelle Kirschner, a partner in financial services supervision who joined us last year. ‘
The team’s most notable take came from the Big Four’s takeover of leading IT boutique Kemp Little by Deloitte. Under the agreement, 29 partners and up to 57 lawyers from Kemp Little will become part of Deloitte Legal, which will grow from currently around 85 to over 170 lawyers in the UK.
Kemp Little, which was founded in 1997 as a spin-out from the law firm Garretts von Andersen, has a successful track record of developing award-winning LegalTech products that are focused on its technology, including Dupe Killer, an AI-powered IP protection -Tool. and 4Corners, a contract analysis system.
Richard Houston, Senior Partner and Managing Director of Deloitte Northern and Southern Europe, commented: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly shown that investing in technology will be a critical catalyst for the recovery of UK businesses. Business leaders are looking for more digital operating methods to create the conditions for significant and longer-term cultural change. Upon completion of this technology-centered transaction, Deloitte Legal will be well positioned to help companies transition to new ways of working. ‘
Elsewhere, HFW has strengthened its renowned shipping practice by hiring senior partner Paolo Ghirardani. He joined HFW’s London office on November 2nd from Stephenson Harwood where he was a partner for nearly 30 years, including 15 years as director of global maritime and international trade practice. He also spent the first seven years of his career at HFW after joining as an intern in 1983.
Forsters, the leading private wealth and real estate company, announced that Dearbhla Quigley also joined the company on November 2nd as a partner in its corporate practice. Quigley, a specialist in UK and cross-border corporate finance and M&A transactions with a strong track record in various sectors and specific expertise in capital markets and IPOs, came from Fox Williams where she was a partner for 18 months after joining from Watson. Farley & Williams.
Meanwhile, Cohen & Gresser announced that Stewarts’ Richard Kovalevsky QC will join the firm’s White-Collar Defense & Regulation Group as a partner in its London office. As the Head of Financial Crime at Stewarts, Kovalevsky QC has over 30 years of experience and knowledge gained through advising individuals and businesses on exposure to financial crime. He is widely recognized as a leading financial crime practitioner domestically and internationally.
In London, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle also announced a double partner rental from Stephenson Harwood this week. The New York-based company has hired Tony Edwards and Marc Hammerson, both senior executives with specific experience in the energy sector and for clients in corporate operations in emerging markets, particularly the Middle East and Africa.
Media, technology and IP law firm Wiggin announced that telecommunications expert Gordon Moir has joined the firm as a partner alongside specialist Michaela Lodlová and two other team members to lead a new telecommunications practice. Moir joins from Shepherd and Wedderburn, where he led the telecommunications, technology and media regulatory team, specializing in complex issues related to market access, the regulation of next generation services and net neutrality. He previously worked for BT, where he was general counsel to the retail department and head of the global competition and regulation team. Lodlová has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology sector, both in private practice and in-house. In particular, she spent time at Openreach in the UK and Etisalat, a leading operator in the Middle East, where she was part of the core team that had recently negotiated regulated access to fixed passive telecommunications infrastructure, which increased competition between the two licensees in the UAE and fiber expansion in the country.
Outside of London, Midlands heavyweight Shakespeare Martineau has appointed veteran CFO Paul Bird as its new chief finance officer. With over 25 years of experience – including setting up and operating the alternative legal provider Riverview Law – Bird previously held several senior positions in law, technology, education and BPO, and also led the sale of Riverview Law to the Big Four giant EY.
Further afield, Squire Patton Boggs has appointed banking, Islamic financial and financial services oversight expert Ahmed Butt as a partner for his financial services practice in his Riyadh office. He joins from Simmons & Simmons, where he built the company’s presence in Riyadh, ran the banking practice in the Middle East and ran the practice in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the global law firm Littler has established in Spain through a combination with the domestic law firm Abdón Pedrajas with 39 lawyers and offices in Madrid and Barcelona. The move is the tenth European country Littler has expanded into and has more than 1,500 lawyers in 23 countries.
Finally, the leading German euro elite law firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has hired Dentons’ Berlin labor law team under the leadership of partner Utz Andelewski with partner Christopher Wiencke and two employees and expanded the existing Berlin team of partners Astrid Reich and Joachim Littig.