Revolving Doorways: Week of Worldwide Settings in Asia and Europe as A&O lures Shearman’s trial legal professional house
In another busy week of side-by-side recruitment, Allen & Overy stepped up their dispute in London significantly, luring back former employee Susanna Charlwood of Shearman & Sterling, where she has been a partner for five years.
Karen Seward, Allen & Overy’s Global Process Leader, said: ‘We are very excited to welcome Susanna back to A&O. Her broad experience in commercial and corporate disputes makes her a valuable addition to litigation practice and strengthens our banking strength at a time when our corporate customers operate in a trading environment characterized by uncertainty.
‘We have seen a sustained increase in corporate and trade disputes over the past six months. Susanna’s versatility will help our clients manage their most critical business risks. Her diversified industry knowledge, including advising alternative asset managers, will further enhance our practice in areas that we have identified as strategic priorities. As the current business cycle continues to pose new challenges for companies, we are determined to keep in touch with our customers. ‘
The oldest side shot of the week took place in town. Christopher Harrison joined US firm Vedder Price as a partner in their London office from the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s City office.
Harrison was co-managing partner of Morgan Lewis’s London office for over 25 years and was previously a partner at Morrison & Foerster and Because, Gotshal & Manges – has represented financial institutions, funds, and corporations and government agencies in complex cross-border leveraged finance and capital markets transactions in a variety of industries including transportation, energy, telecommunications, media and financial services.
“Chris’ broad financial practice and solid client base are a perfect fit for Vedder and exactly what we need to improve our financial capacity and support corporate private equity in London,” said Derek Watson, administrative partner for the London office.
Meanwhile, LB100 company Hill Dickinson has strengthened its practice in Asia with the hiring of construction specialist Richard Lyons in Hong Kong. He comes from Arabtec Construction in Dubai, one of the largest infrastructure companies in the Middle East, where he was head of the legal department from 2018. He is a seasoned construction attorney whose expertise is also drawn from a previous career in the industry as an engineer with a number of large companies including Sir Robert McAlpine and Taylor Woodrow in the UK and the Mass Transit Railway Corporation in Hong Kong.
Since qualifying in 2006, he has worked for both Mayer Brown and King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong, primarily handling construction disputes and arbitration relating to large infrastructure projects for clients such as the Hong Kong government and the Mass Transit Railway Corporation. His hiring is the company’s latest move to fuel the growth of its non-maritime services in Asia and is expected to improve what the company has to offer for its customers involved in ongoing infrastructure and trading activities and the company for Further related work is positioned with the Greater Bay Development.
Elsewhere, PwC Legal has hired Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s competition partner, Susanne Zuehlke. She will join the firm as a partner in the Berlin office in order to “lead and realign antitrust practice”. She has been a partner in the Willkie cartel group in Brussels and Frankfurt since 2015. She was previously a partner at Latham & Watkins in Brussels. She brings more than 20 years of experience in global merger control to complex transactions and antitrust investigations and advises international industrial clients and private equity investors on all types of antitrust matters.
Steffen Schniepp, managing partner of PwC Legal in Germany, stated: ‘The strategy for our practice in the field of public commercial law is to fill vacancies by adding first-class lawyers to first-class law firms who can offer our clients excellent advisory services. I am very pleased that we have succeeded in this endeavor in the area of antitrust law. ‘
Mayer Brown also took a step of his own to deepen his competitive skills in Germany, and recruited Christian Horstkotte and Johannes Weichbrodt from Baker McKenzie to his office in Düsseldorf.
Horstkotte has extensive experience in advising on complex merger control proceedings and cartel investigations before German and EU competition authorities and has acted in some of the largest cartel proceedings in recent years. He was head of the German antitrust practice at Baker McKenzie for almost 10 years and will lead Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition practice in Germany from the offices in Düsseldorf and Brussels.
Weichbrodt represents customers in global antitrust and compliance investigations with a focus on automotive and heavy industry, consumer goods and retail. A key aspect of his work is helping foreign companies in Latin America with their compliance programs.
Eventually, Midlands-based LB100 company Shakespeare Martineau hired a new partner. Sushma Maharaj has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector at boutique clean energy company Lux Nova Partners and has worked for global companies including Dentons, DLA and Squire Patton Boggs. She has extensive experience in advising on renewable energy projects, including power purchase agreements for companies, and heating networks. Customers included Smartest Energy, Social Energy Supply, the Bermuda regulator and Selfridges.
Andrew Whitehead, Director of Energy at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Sushma has extensive UK and international experience across the energy sector, particularly on clean energy projects. Working with me and the energy team in our London office, her arrival will strengthen our skills in areas such as private cable networks and power purchase agreements, where customer activity is currently increasing rapidly. Sushma also has a strong track record with some groundbreaking Heating systems and trade agreements that will help us position ourselves as we look at a number of new strategies and initiatives that are expected as the government prepares to deliver on its net zero carbon ambitions. ‘