Revolving doors: 100 companies worldwide strengthen their position with significant international positions

This week’s round of side partner appointments had a strong international flair. Companies hired key people in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Dechert has strengthened its German private equity practice by recruiting the former Allen & Overy partner Dominik Stühler in Munich. As a corporate and securities partner, Stühler’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border transactions, both M&A and private equity. His notable mandates included advising PAI Partners on the EUR 1.4 billion takeover of Armacell Group from Blackstone.

Ashurst signed a heavyweight contract in Frankfurt and brought in the former General Counsel of Deutsche Bank, Florian Drinhausen, as a corporate partner. Before he started working in-house, the highly experienced Drinhausen was Corporate Head at Linklaters.

Drinhausen has over 24 years of corporate governance, M&A, investigative and anti-money laundering experience and is described as a “formidable practitioner” by Ashurst’s global director, Jason Radford. Derk Opitz, managing partner of Ashurst’s Munich and Frankfurt offices, added: “Florian has an excellent reputation and a deep understanding of the financial and other industries in Germany that will be invaluable to the success of our company.”

White & Case hired partner Rahul Guptan in Singapore to strengthen its global capital markets practice and the Indian group. Guptan was previously co-head of Clifford Chance’s Indian group, advising Indian and international companies, including investment banks and private equity firms, on a range of public and private transactions.

John Vetterli, head of White & Case’s global capital markets team, said: ‘We anticipate that the number of Indian companies raising capital through cross-border offers will continue to grow over the next few years. Coupled with our leading practices in the US and UK equity and debt markets, the addition of a seasoned, India-focused capital markets partner in the Asia Pacific region will make us a first choice to advise on these transactions. ‘

In London, Kirkland & Ellis has expanded its tax practice with the appointment of Macfarlanes’ partner Peter Abbott. Peter is referred to as a “market-leading advisor” by Jon Ballis, chairman of the Kirkland Executive Committee, and provides regular tax advice on private equity transactions and public and private mergers and acquisitions. He also advises investment fund clients on the structuring of private equity and special opportunity investments as well as on related refinancing and exits.

Also in London, Kennedys has hired a trio of partners from the BLM Catastrophic Injury Team, led by BLM’s former City Catastrophic Injury Director Antony French. He handles complex, large and catastrophic claims due to traffic accidents and accidental damage. He is joined by complex injury partners Deirdre Burgess and Anthony Rawlins, as well as a team of six and a litigation assistant.

Nick Thomas, Senior Partner at Kennedys, said: ‘These recent appointments show Kennedy’s commitment to having the best expertise in the right places. We’re always excited to see where we can best support our customers and ensure that their needs are met. ‘

Finally, HFW has strengthened its Houston insurance team in the United States by hiring partner Amanda Kujda from Hall Maines Lugrin. She specializes in insurance disputes as well as commercial disputes related to breach of contract and product liability.

Kujda said, “It is not every day that you get the opportunity to join one of the world’s leading insurance law firms. The size, breadth and international reach of the HFW insurance group gives me a great platform to expand my practice and really improve the service I can offer my clients. ‘

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