Revolving doors: Further expansion in the US as Cooley opens in Chicago and Freshfields secures key rental in New York

The acquisition of US partners dominated this week’s recruiting round as Cooley opened a new office in Chicago after a team of nine partners was forcefully hired.

Corporate partner Yvan-Claude Pierre, who will split his time between Chicago and New York, is the only Cooley presence on the ten-strong start team. The other nine partners are all from DLA Piper, Latham & Watkins, and Winston & Strawn.

Winston & Strawn includes venture capital partner Rick Ginsberg, capital market partners Christina Roupas and Courtney Tygesson, fund formation partner Zach Robert and compensation and performance partner Nyron Persaud.

Venture capital partner Laurie Bauer is the only arrival from Latham & Watkins, while other venture capital partners Greg Grossman, M&A partner Erin Kirchner and employment partner Ryan Vann are all from DLA Piper.

At the opening of the company’s 17th global office, Joe Conroy, Chairman and CEO of Cooley said, “Chicago and Cooley are a perfect match. As the financial and innovation hub of the Midwest and home to many of our groundbreaking clients, including high-growth, disruptive companies, market-fueling venture capitalists, and established Fortune 500 companies, we look forward to opening an office in a city region in that we have enjoyed working for decades. ‘

In New York, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has given its life science practice an important boost by hiring partner Adam Golden from Hogan Lovells. Golden, previously head of the New York corporate team at Hogan Lovells, primarily advises pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies and investors on a range of corporate deals.

One of the most important work highlights of Golden was the support of the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis in the buy-out of the biotechnology company AveXis worth 8.7 billion USD. Jennifer Bethlehem, Freshfields Global Health Team Leader, commented, “His work is at the heart of what life science companies do every day to drive their business strategies. This makes him a valuable resource for our customers and an important member of our team. ‘

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has a double job in Washington DC as bankruptcy and restructuring partner Erika Morabito and Brittany Nelson from Foley & Lardner. Together, Morabito and Nelson offer 40 years of experience representing a range of clients in some of the most prominent bankruptcy cases in the country, including matters involving Toys R Us, Sears and Samuel Jewelers.

Company founder John Quinn welcomed their arrival: “Our bankruptcy practice has an impressive list of talent. The addition of Erika and Brittany makes the group even stronger. Their diverse experience and excellent reputation will help us continue our national success. ‘

In the UK, Keystone Law has continued to attract partners from a wide variety of companies and has announced a ten-staff round at the partner level. The group consists of: dispute resolution partner Louise Bennett of Howard Kennedy, trading partner Siobhan Moore of Locke Lord, construction and project partner Louise Elmes of Trowers & Hamlins, banking and finance partner Alper Deniz, and corporate partner David Egan, both of Greenwoods GRM, tax partner Andrew Terry of Edwin Coe, employment partner Keely Rushmore of SA Law, estate and estate planning partner Tracey Poole of Portrait Solicitors, and finally commercial real estate partners Peter Clegg and Adam Perry of Square One Law and Adam Perry & Co., respectively.

General Manager James Knight said, “After seeing the many positive aspects of remote working, many attorneys are now looking for the real flexibility that can only be found at Keystone. We therefore assume that we will be welcoming more carpenters of similar caliber in the near future. ‘

In London, EY made a significant hiring with Monica Gogna, ex-Dechert partner for financial regulation. In her new role, Gogna will serve as Head of the UK Financial Regulatory Practice for EY Law. She said, ‘I am very excited to work with EY Law’s Managed Legal Services team and its globally recognized advisory practice to bring something different to customers in this unique hub as the financial services industry looks to the future pandemic and Brexit with an increasing focus on topics such as sustainability and technology. ‘

McDermott Will & Emery has responded to the growing demand for sophisticated international dispute resolution advice by appointing partner Michael Darowski from Gowling WLG. Darowski is an experienced international arbitrator and has advised clients in the energy, food and beverage, financial services and telecommunications sectors.

In an important step for the energy sector, Burness Paul hired partner Bob Ruddiman, who was previously head of the oil and gas group at Pinsent Masons. In his new role, Ruddiman will oversee the growth of renewable energy and Burness Paull’s oil and gas practices. The company hopes the move will ensure it is perfectly positioned to support clients on the rapidly evolving environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda.

Peter Lawson, Chairman of Burness Paull, said, “It is a real coup to bring a lawyer of Bob’s stature into the firm. He will build on our considerable strength in the energy sector and his reputation as an industry leader is recognized and justified by his knowledge and network. ‘

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