As the market braces for the inevitable back-to-school hiring frenzy, August nonetheless saw its fair share of sideways activity.
Of the companies that announced investments this week, Kirkland and Ellis strengthened its funds practice with the addition of two Legal 500 next generation partners ranked in London. Catherine Gokah has joined Ashurst and is recognized for her experience in advising sponsors on fundraising activities across a range of alternative asset classes including infrastructure, real estate and credit. Meanwhile, Louisa Cobbe, who specializes in real estate investments, joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Elsewhere in the City, leveraged finance partner Carol Van der Vorst has joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer by Cordes & Gray. Experienced in cross-border debt financing transactions, Van der Vorst previously worked as managing director of the debt underwriting group at Goldman Sachs.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has strengthened its Indian group with the addition of its mergers and acquisitions partner Harsh Pais in London. He will join Indian firm Trilegal where he co-led the national corporate practice. He has acted for a range of multinational companies and private equity funds investing in India and has expertise in the energy, technology and financial services sectors.
David Broadley, co-head of A&O’s global corporate practice, noted that India, which has attracted some $159 billion in inbound investment over the past three years, is one of the growth jurisdictions. strategy for the company’s corporate team, alongside the United States: “We’ve had a strong Indian group for a number of years, but ultimately the piece of that puzzle that we did not have at the partner level was on the side of the business. We’ve done a lot of corporate work, but we haven’t had someone as dedicated and knowledgeable in this market as Harsh, so his arrival really fills that void.
Also in the city, Mayer Brown strengthened its banking and finance practice with the addition of Ronan Mellon of DLA Piper. Mellon advises on structured finance, securitization and debt capital markets covering European and US secured loan obligations, covered bonds, credit linked notes, repackaging derivatives and emerging market bonds.
Meanwhile, DLA strengthened its competition and antitrust practice with the hiring of Joost Haans in Brussels. He joined Baker McKenzie and brings experience in merger control, investigations, distribution agreements, horizontal cooperation agreements and abuse of dominance issues. This follows the arrivals in European competition practice of Matt Evans in London, who joined Jones Day in June 2021 Hamburg-based Justus Herrlinger in October 2021, Marc Lager in Austria in December and Gábor Fejes and Zoltán Marosi in Hungary in February 2022.