Revolving Doorways: Bakers and Hill Dickinson are key gamers within the metropolis as corporations look to increase into Europe

Baker McKenzie and Hill Dickinson were the main players in the city’s recruiting market last week as a number of companies sought to strengthen their European banks, with Paris and Ireland particularly active.

Bakers stepped up its privacy and cyber practice in the city by hiring Paul Glass from Taylor Wessing where he was a partner in the company’s commercial technology and data group. Glass pioneered Taylor Wessing’s cybersecurity practice and has advised on data breaches for the past 12 years. His activities also include advising on contentious data protection and legal disputes, technology and IT disputes, as well as new and emerging technologies.

Steve Holmes, Bakers ‘City Data and Technology Team Leader, commented,’ Customer demand for cybersecurity and controversial data work has never been greater and we are excited to have such an experienced lawyer in the field join our team of data practitioners. Paul’s skills and specialization make him a perfect partner as we want to further strengthen our already market-leading data and technology practice in this important area and support our work on the most strategic mandates. ‘

Hill Dickinson has now strengthened his position in the city and put Adrian Jones, a partner in trade disputes, on the firm’s bench. Jones joins Hill Dickinson from Faegre Baker Daniels, a US law firm, where he was a partner in the Business Litigation Group. Jones has experience in international arbitration and has represented clients in high quality and complex international arbitrations related to South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Russia.

“We are thrilled to have Adrian on board as we grow our London-based trade dispute resolution practice,” said Fiona Parry, Hill Dickinson’s trade director. ‘As a company, having significant knowledge and expertise across the business makes us ideally positioned to support our customers in dealing with the current pandemic. In particular, Adrian’s outstanding expertise in the field of international arbitration expands our team and will help us continue to offer our customers the best possible service. ‘

Last week, Dublin proved to be a hiring hotspot, where DLA Piper lured corporate partner Matthew Cole from Irish independent A&L Goodbody. Cole’s practice focuses on M&A and equity capital markets as well as private equity and corporate advisory.

Éanna Mellett, DLA Piper’s Irish General Manager, commented: ‘Matt has advised on some of the most iconic and complex M&A deals over the past few years and is one of Ireland’s most respected ECM lawyers. His specialist knowledge will deepen our practice and create real added value for our customers. ‘

The hiring comes after DLA Piper lured Mark Rasdale and Ciara McLoughlin from A&L Goodbody last year to join the intellectual property, technology and employment practices at DLA Piper.

Paris was another active area for recruitment, with Squire Patton Boggs being the main driver in the judiciary and strengthening its international dispute settlement practice with two other partners. Sabrina Aïnouz and Jérôme Lehucher have practiced international arbitration together for the past 13 years, first at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and later at DWF. The couple has represented states in Africa, Europe, and Central Asia, as well as state-owned and private-sector companies.

Her arrival follows an earlier announcement this week that Michelle Glassman Bock has joined the firm’s litigation practice as a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, splitting her time between the Brussels and Washington DC offices.

Meanwhile, the armed forces powerhouse hired Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, also in Paris, and enlisted the services of Eric Russo, a prosecutor for the French National Finance Prosecutor (PNF). Russo joins the firm as a partner in France and is the first PNF prosecutor to start a private practice in a law firm. During his five years with the PNF, Russo conducted some of the largest international corruption and tax fraud investigations. He was the first public prosecutor to sign a CJIP (Deferred Prosecution Agreement) in France, and the CJIP settlement agreements he signed on behalf of the PNF (against HSBC, Société Générale and Airbus) total 2, EUR 7 billion.

Kami Haeri, partner and director of Quinn’s Paris Litigation and Employee Practice, stated, “In addition to being a brilliant and recognized judge, Eric is the first prosecutor in PNF history to join a law firm. This is a very rare move in France and its extraordinary nature is testament to Quinn Emanuel’s commitment to providing a unique offering for international research and our company’s ability to attract the best talent. ‘

The international attitudes of the week were rounded off by DWF at the expense of DLA Piper with two partners in Germany. Bernd Borgmann and Eva Einfeldt will join the firm to lead the DWF’s employment practice in Germany.

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