August 2018: Legal Movers & Shakers
Posted by Chris Excell
Jennifer Brennan & Yen Sum- Joined Latham & Watkins from Sidley Austin: Latham & Watkins has announced that Yen Sum and Jennifer Brennan have joined the London office as partners in the finance department. Their practices focus on advising creditors, hedge funds, asset managers, and debtors on a variety of complex restructurings and special situations, and they regularly represent credit funds on direct lending matters across the capital structure and credit spectrum. Sum and Brennan have been involved in a number of large, market-shaping transactions, including alternative credit and other new money financings, bank/bond restructurings, schemes of arrangement, security enforcements, pre-packaged administrations, Chapter 11 and other corporate and insolvency tools, debt-for-equity swaps, restructuring involving derivative instruments, and debt exchanges. They join the firm from Sidley Austin’s London office. Both are admitted to the High Court of Australia and England and Wales bars whilst Sum is also admitted to the bar in Victoria, Australia, and Brennan is admitted to the Queensland, Australia bar. Mark Geday, Nicholas Moore & Tomasz Wozniak – Joined Morgan Lewis from Herbert Smith Freehills: Morgan Lewis has announced a trio of hires in its corporate and private equity practice in London. New partners Mark Geday, Nicholas Moore, and Tomasz Wozniak, from Herbert Smith Freehills, will soon join the firm, adding a wealth of experience in a broad range of complex and cross-border corporate transactions. The three corporate and private equity partners have worked together for many years, representing clients in transactions throughout the world and across a number of sectors, including asset management, technology, natural resources, media, telecommunications, and consumer products. Geday works with clients across the private equity and asset management sector on all aspects of corporate law, including mergers, acquisitions, disposals, reconstructions, strategic stakes, joint ventures, and fund raisings. Working within the UK and other countries for more than 20 years, he has helped clients achieve their goals through a range of innovative and market-defining deals. Moore has more than 15 years of experience advising global clients on complex mergers, acquisitions, and other significant transactions, including many high-value, ground-breaking deals. He has a particular focus on the technology, media, telecommunications, and financial buyers sectors. Wozniak focuses on public and private mergers, acquisitions, and private equity transactions. With a long track record of advising on deals globally, particularly in Eastern Europe, he has worked across a range of sectors, including financial buyers, natural resources, and consumer products. Jag Shaw Baker have joined Withers: JAG Shaw Baker, a UK tech law firm, has joined Withers with effect from 1 August 2018. JAG Shaw Baker’s six partners and the 40-person team have joined Withers to create Withers tech and will operate from offices in London and Cambridge. Andrew Krausz – Joined Weightmans from Clyde and Co: Weightmans has hired Andrew Krausz as partner and aviation lead at the firm. An experienced aviation lawyer, Krausz joins the firm’s London office from Clyde & Co. His practice covers all aspects of aviation related liability work, as well as regulatory and broader contentious commercial advice. He is a qualified and licensed private pilot and has been involved with the Royal Air Force for 27 years. He was commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) Branch in 1999. David Thompson- Joined Bircham Dyson Bell from Charles Russell Speechlys: Bircham Dyson Bell has appointed David Thompson as a partner in its family team. He joins from Charles Russell Speechlys. Thompson’s practice encompasses a broad range of matrimonial disputes with a particular focus on complex financial and international matters; he has a wealth of experience in family law instructions with jurisdictional cross-border trust and company dimensions. Alongside his practice, Thompson is the current chair of the London region of Resolution and is also a member of the Cambridge regional committee. Thompson will divide his time between BDB’s London and Cambridge offices. Steven Baker- Joined White & Case from Cadwalader: White & Case has welcomed Steven Baker as a new partner in London. Baker, who joins the firm’s global commercial litigation practice, advises clients on complex, multijurisdictional disputes under general commercial law and private international law, with a particular focus on the technology and communications, banking, financial services and commodities sectors. Previously a partner at Olswang and Bird & Bird, he joins White & Case from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he was a partner, and brings more than 25 years of experience. Robert Darwin- Joined Dechert LLP from Hogan Lovells: Dechert LLP has strengthened its corporate, private equity and life sciences practices with the hire of Robert Darwin as partner in the firm’s London office. Darwin has a broad international practice focused on M&A and private equity deals for corporates, funds and other private investors. He executes complex and strategic transactions for clients across a wide range of sectors and has expertise with work relating to life sciences and healthcare. Darwin will be joining Dechert from Hogan Lovells in September 2018.