Revolving Doorways: Linklaters’ Senior Associate Candidate replaces Moriarty at Diageo because the GC for accounting finally ends up at Clydes

This week’s recruiting round had a character of its own, while Addleshaw Goddard, Davis Polk, Paul Hastings and Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath hired key partners.

Linklaters lost his partner and global US practice manager Tom Shropshire (pictured) when he took over the position of GC and company secretary at the multinational beverage company Diageo, which was recently vacated by long-time GC Powerlist member Siobhán Moriarty. Moriarty announced her intention to retire last September after more than 24 years of service.

Shropshire, recognized as a strong candidate in Linklaters’ upcoming senior partner election, has been a partner with the company since 2006, advising on heavyweight M&A deals such as Takeda’s £ 46 billion acquisition of Shire a landmark pharmaceutical purchase in 2018.

Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo, said of Shropshire: ‘His leadership and experience in corporate advisory, M&A and capital markets, as well as his passion and advocacy for sustainability, inclusion and diversity make him a great asset to our leadership team and ours Make board. ‘

Clyde & Co turned to accounting firm RSM for the final hire and appointed former GC Penrose Foss to partner with its accountants’ liability and regulatory investigation team. Foss, who has a decade of experience as the GC for RSM, has dealt with high value claims and extensive government investigations during her tenure.

She said, “My in-house experience will allow me to provide a different perspective and a unique understanding of the legal, compliance and regulatory challenges the auditor is facing today.”

Continuing the internal theme, DWF has appointed Darren Drabble, a new GC and company secretary, who moved from Radius Payment Solutions to Group Legal Director and company secretary. Drabble is a seasoned in-house attorney who served as the GC of for 12 years between 2007 and 2019. He becomes a member of the DWF Executive Board and has the task of providing strategic legal advice to the management.

Describing DWF as “one of the most innovative and forward-looking legal firms in the world,” Drabble said, “I look forward to helping DWF move on to the next phase of its development.”

With the appointment of Alex Leitch as a partner from Covington, where he was co-chair of the London Dispute Settlement Group, Paul Hastings has hired a dispute officer with the appointment of Alex Leitch as a partner from Covington. Leitch’s hiring follows the arrival of White & Case employees Jonathan Pickworth and Jo Dimmock last month.

Addleshaw Goddard is continuing its expansive start to the year and has hired infrastructure partner Alex Hirom from Womble Bond Dickinson. Hirom will expand Addleshaws’ construction and engineering team in London and provide consulting expertise on large infrastructure projects that include both renewable and traditional energy generation. Just last week Addleshaws recruited Maria Frangeskides, a partner in the dispute, in London and Nadine Bourgeois, a bank partner, in Germany.

Internationally, New York-bred Davis Polk has made a significant capital market position in Beijing and has named Jason Xu as a partner. Xu was previously a partner and deputy head of the stock market practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in China. His practice is focused on Hong Kong IPOs and domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Neil Barr, managing partner of Davis Polk, commented, “The demand for elite legal advice in Hong Kong continues to grow, and Jason is adding key banking strengths that will enable us to continue to provide the best possible service to our clients in the region.”

Finally, Faegre Drinker has expanded on both the east and west coasts of the United States after restructuring partners Richard Bernard and Scott Gautier were hired in the New York and Los Angeles offices. Bernard comes from Foley & Lardner, while Gautier comes from process specialist Robins Kaplan.

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