In a rapid start into 2021, a number of firms including Hogan Lovells, Shearman & Sterling, Clyde & Co, Goodwin, Greenberg Traurig and HFW have contributed to a largely international series of side-partner hires over the past week.
Allen & Overy, who started out in the UK, has lost a respected lawyer in Matthew Gearing QC who joins the heavyweight set of Essex Court Chambers. Gearing QC took silk in 2014 and worked primarily in A & O’s Hong Kong office where he led the company’s global arbitration group.
Matthew Hodgson, Partner at A&O in Hong Kong, commented, “Matt is one of the leading international referees of his generation and is a great mentor and friend. We will miss his special combination of intellectual accuracy, good mood and perseverance in the office, but we wish him all the best. ‘
Also in London, Fieldfisher has strengthened its technology, outsourcing and data protection team by hiring partner Rehman Noormohamed from Acuity Law. Noormohamed, who led Acuity’s TMT, privacy, and IP legal practice, primarily serves clients in the manufacturing, automotive, financial services, retail, food and beverage, life sciences, and public sectors.
Rob Shooter, Head of Technology at Fieldfisher, said: “Rem brings a wealth of expertise and experience in the field of technology and will further strengthen our customer offerings through his on-site advice.”
Further afield, Hogan Lovells has made ambitious acquisitions in Paris and has brought in a corporate team with two partners from Baker McKenzie. The partners Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent concentrate on M&A and private equity and are supported by five employees. At Baker McKenzie, Grollemund was co-head of the Paris corporate division.
David Gibbons, Hogan Lovells Global Head of Operations, commented: ‘You will add a lot to our existing Paris team, which already executes a wide range of sophisticated transactions for clients. In addition, Matthieu and Hélène’s reputation for excellence in technology and life sciences matches the company’s strengths and our own focus on highly regulated industries. ‘
Clyde & Co expanded its expertise in construction disputes following the appointment of Covington’s former director of international arbitration in the Middle East. Phillip Norman, who joins as a partner, has over 25 years of experience representing contractors, public institutions and large developers. Norman will spread his time in the UK, Asia and Africa.
Elsewhere, Shearman & Sterling has strengthened its recently reopened Munich office with the arrival of two Linklaters partners – Florian Harder and Jann Jetter. Harder specializes in M&A and private equity transactions, while Jetter primarily focuses on tax-oriented group structuring and the structuring of national and international M&A. Shearman closed his office in the German private equity hub in 2013 before re-launching earlier this year.
Ward McKimm, Managing Partner in Europe, commented: “Given the market opportunities domestically, the experience and know-how of Florian and Jann will be the key to growing our transaction-oriented skills in Germany, with the prospect of further strategic developments in our broader European region Platform.”
Goodwin also strengthened its German presence by hiring fund formation and regulatory partner Joachim Kayser from Dechert. Kayser, who joins his partner Guido Schlikker, is ranked by The Legal 500 as a leading attorney in his field.
Greenberg Traurig has continued to expand its real estate practice in Asia with Mori Inada in its Tokyo office. Inada, a partner at Morrison & Foerster, has more than 15 years of experience representing private equity funds, investment banks, real estate developers and investors in real estate transactions in Asia.
As an important addition to HFW’s transaction bank in Singapore, the company has hired partner Peter Zaman from Reed Smith. Zaman, the managing partner of Reed Smith in Singapore, is coming to Asia during an expansive period for HFW after recently hiring a large Hong Kong transaction team from Locke Lord.
Mert Hifiki, HFW’s Singapore office manager, said: “Peter is a true market leader with unique skills in climate finance and sustainability. He is the region’s advocate for organizations looking to manage environmental risk.”
Withers also expanded in Singapore, hiring family law partner Ivan Cheong from local Harry Elias law firm, who worked with Eversheds Sutherland.
Withers has also put together a “dream team” of sports lawyers in Milan and hired Pierfilippo Capello and Andrea Bozza to help them start a new practice. Capello and Bozza, who were both partners at Osborne Clarke, have experience in major sports businesses that include football, Formula 1 and golf.
Finally, Reed Smith strengthened its Athens office with the hiring of corporate partner Dimitris Assimakis from Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF). Assimakis, Head of NRF’s Greek Energy Practice, advises on corporate issues in the electricity and gas, energy infrastructure, clean technologies and renewable energy markets.
Assimakis is the eleventh partner to have joined Reed Smith’s global corporate practice in the past 12 months. Delphine Currie, Global Corporate Co-Chair, said, “We have made significant investments in the global business group over the past 18 months and this latest addition will greatly benefit our customers across the energy sector.”