Revolving Doors: Clyde Opens Three New US Offices as Quinn Emanuel Opens Miami Office

The recent round of side partner recruitment had a significant American bias as the controversial Clyde & Co and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan opened new offices.

With the appointment of insurance partner Amy Samberg and her team at Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff, Clyde will establish new bases in the US Southwest in Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas. Samberg comes along with six lawyers as well as several employees and co-workers.

The move is expected to add to the already sizeable US insurance presence and build on the company’s nine offices in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Jersey, Orange County, San Francisco and Washington DC.

CEO Matthew Kelsall said the move was “a significant step in our goal of building the leading US national insurance practice.” He added, “We have long sought a presence in this growing region to ensure we can serve our customers where they need us. With Amy and her team, we are confident of having the best insurance team in the region on board pick up.”

In another noticeable move, Quinn Emanuel opens in Miami with the hiring of ten lawyers, including the city’s mayor, Francis Suarez, as an attorney. The two partners who run the move are John O’Sullivan and Olga Vieira, who come from Hogan Lovells and Greenspoon Marder, respectively.

Company founder John Quinn said, “We have big plans for Miami. Under the leadership of Mayor Suarez, it has become a magnet for companies, entrepreneurs and investment talent. Given our leading complex trade and intellectual property litigation – and our thriving Latin American practice – opening up here is an obvious step. ‘

It was an interesting week for the private equity practices of Clifford Chance (CC) and Kirkland & Ellis as senior lawyers moved between the two firms. In Munich, CC has engaged its partners Volkmar Bruckner and Mark Aschenbrenner from Kirkland in a team of three, which is completed by a senior associate. Both Bruckner and Aschenbrenner are experienced private equity specialists who regularly advise on high-level acquisitions.

However, CC lost a private equity specialist to Kirkland in London and Gregory Scott made the move. Scott advises private equity firms and sponsors on all types of M&A deals, including leveraged buyouts, carve-outs, mergers and exits across a range of sectors.

With the fund specialist Winston Penhall, who comes from Reed Smith, Keystone Law has gained another established partner for its flexible model. Penhall, who previously founded the fund law team at KPMG, advises investment managers, investors and service providers on relevant laws and regulations.

Penhall said, ‘Keystone Law has grown to be a major force in the legal sector and has built an impressive reputation that appeals to both me and my practice. The strength of the company’s full service offering and the freedom that its innovative model offers enable me to offer my customers an exceptional level of service. ‘

Simpson Millar has strengthened its Manchester law firm by hiring a team of three lawyers led by partner Cara Nuttall. Arriving alongside a senior associate and attorney, Nuttall specializes in domestic and international surrogacy, international kidnapping, and complex child issues. She is also recognized as a “Leading Individual” in the Northwest for private client work in the Legal 500.

David Lister, director of national family law at Simpson Millar, underlined the importance of the move and stated, “What is really exciting is that Cara’s team could have made a selection of companies and they chose us.”

The DWF has named Jonathan Drake, former head of Womble Bond Dickinson’s insurance practice, as a partner. A veteran of the sector, Drake has served in Clyde, Dentons and Ashurst and internally as General Counsel of OdysseyRe. His work includes regulatory issues and the formulation of insurance and reinsurance policies.

Drake said it was an “exciting time” to join the DWF because of its “real strength and depth in both insurance and commercial services work”.

Harbottle & Lewis signed a major IP deal and partnered with former head of Eversheds Sutherland’s IP and media group, Andrew Terry. Terry is a veteran of a variety of intellectual property, media and brand protection issues, and has served clients ranging from well-known brands to sports institutions to major music industry artists.

Shireen Peermohamed, Head of IP Practice at Harbottle & Lewis, said: ‘He has the ability to advise across the IP lifecycle and extensive dispute resolution experience. His broader expertise in a range of sectors enables him to provide bespoke and strategic trading advice, complimenting Harbottle & Lewis’ specialization in contentious IP matters.

Alston & Bird hired partner Paul Simcock of Vinson & Elkins in London to improve their leverage financial records. Simcock has been advising sponsors, lenders, and borrowers on complex leveraged financings, including acquisitions, public takeovers, and other national and cross-border corporate debt mandates in Europe and the United States, for two decades

Crowell & Moring has expanded its competitive practice with the hiring of Simmons & Simmons’ London partner Peter Broadhurst. The veteran Broadhurst typically advises companies on a range of competition issues including merger clearance, antitrust investigations, abuse of dominance, distribution agreements and compliance program development.

Goodwin has made a concerted recruiting effort in Germany and hired two partners within a week. The company has expanded its private equity business with the addition of partner Jan Schinköth from Sidley Austin and brings 15 years of experience advising on domestic and cross-border private equity transactions.

This was followed by the arrival of fund formation partner Sebastian Bruchwitz from Dechert, as Stephan Kock, Chairman of Goodwin’s Frankfurt office, explained: ‘Sebastian’s outstanding experience in fund formation, structuring and investment brings additional depth and quality to our global team of private investment funds and improves our coverage of Real estate, private equity and debt transactions. ‘

Pinsent Masons has strengthened its Spanish employment practice with the appointment of BDO’s veteran partner Samuel Gonzalez. Gonzalez, who will lead the new employment team in Madrid, has strong credentials as he led the BDO employment team and ran his own international employment company Claude & Martz for five years.

Gonzalez described Pinsents as “the perfect platform to meet the needs of all customers, especially at a time like this when there are countless job and employment challenges and opportunities.”

In Asia, Shearman & Sterling has strengthened its Singapore project development and finance practice with the appointment of former ex-Herbert Smith Freehills partner, James Clinch. Commenting on his appointment, David Beveridge, Senior Partner at Shearman, said: “David brings valuable experience from a long career advising clients, particularly corporations and funds, on energy and infrastructure agreements and project development issues across Asia and ours further strengthens robust energy and infrastructure supply. “

After all, HFW hired Brinton Scott as a partner of Winston & Strawn in Shanghai, where he was a managing partner in Shanghai. Scott is a transactional attorney with an extensive background in advising large multinational corporations on all corporate matters.

Nick Poynder, head of HFW’s Shanghai office, described Scott as “one of the most experienced international lawyers in China” and “a seasoned veteran”.

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