Revolving Doors: A & O gets Manhattan finances moving as Slaughters sees a rare partner leaving

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made a major US leveraged finance game with the hiring of a partner of White & Case as a variety of firms added to their banks internationally.

Jake Mincemoyer has been named director of A & O’s US leveraged finance practice in New York, having previously headed White & Case’s US banking division. He has experience in all aspects of the leveraged lending market and spent several years in White & Case’s London office.

Tim House, Senior Partner at A&O in the US, said, “In addition to the complementary skills and relationships that Jake brings to Allen & Overy, he also offers a vision for growth that aligns with our own.”

Dechert has also achieved a significant coup by gaining a high-ranking London restructuring partner in the form of Adam Plainer, who joins the company from Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Plainer, who becomes global co-chair of Dechert’s restructuring group, is a heavyweight in the marketplace who has worked on noticeable cases like Lehman Brothers and BHS.

His arrival comes after the other restructuring partners Solomon Noh and Alastair Goldrein are hired in 2020 as Dechert tries to improve his credentials. Allan Brilliant, co-chair of the company’s restructuring group, said Plainer’s appointment was “transformative to our presence in the European market”.

In a barely noticeable step, Murray Cox, partner of Slaughter and May, has walked into Weil’s London office. Cox advises on a broad spectrum of corporate law, but specializes in public M&A and private equity deals in the infrastructure, energy, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Last year, Cox co-led a Slaughters team advising William Hill betting company on its £ 3 billion buyout by Caesars UK Holdings. London managing partner Mike Francies underscores what is seen as a great coup for Weil, and counts Cox among the leading M&A partners of his generation in London.

Elsewhere, Addleshaw Goddard hired two key partners this week. Out of London, the company has appointed dispute resolution partner Maria Frangeskides, who comes from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Frangeskides has a dual practice representing companies and high net worth individuals in both commercial disputes and arbitration.

In Germany, Addleshaws has added a ninth partner to its national business with the hiring of banking and finance expert Nadine Bourgeois. Bourgeois, who comes from the German company Luther and will distribute her time in Frankfurt and Hamburg, advises clients on acquisition finance, real estate finance and corporate loan transactions.

Michael Leue, Head of Addleshaws’ Hamburg office, said: “Frankfurt is the financial center of the continent and one of the most important financial capitals in the world. Having a committed banking and financial partner is therefore not only important to support German customers, but also to give our customers a “face” around the world.

Despite these arrivals, Addleshaws’ lost a London business partner in the form of Will Chalk, who joined Ashurst. Chalk, who was originally trained at Ashurst before serving as Head of Addleshaws’ corporate governance, advises publicly traded AIM and large private companies on corporate compliance issues.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has also expanded into Germany after appointing antitrust and competition expert Jens-Olrik Murach as a partner, who will split his time between Brussels and Frankfurt. Murach was previously a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and has a strong background in EU and German antitrust issues.

Philipp Girardet, head of Willkie’s European cartel group, described Murach as “the leading antitrust attorney in Europe” and welcomed his strengths in matters of merger control and antitrust defense.

In the meantime, TLT has turned to the internal market for its last partner appointment and has accepted Simon Courie as a partner in his team for clean energy. Courie, General Counsel at electric vehicle infrastructure company The EV Network, will be based in London and assist clients with renewable energy programs.

Maria Connolly, Director of Clean Energy and Real Estate at TLT, commented, “Simon brings invaluable in-house experience and real-world insights to our ambitious and growing team of specialist clean energy lawyers.”

In a statement for the auditing firm Deloitte von Big Four, the French legal department hired Corinne Knopp as a partner, who has been head of the Paris real estate team at Hogan Lovells for 20 years. At Taj, Knopp has extensive experience in advising real estate clients on investments, sales, acquisition financing, portfolio transactions and sale-and-leaseback transactions.

Sophie Blégent-Delapille, managing partner of Taj, said Knopp’s arrival will “create a new cross-functional practice closely linked to Deloitte’s finance and advisory teams”.

A significant move for the bar, Andrew Ayres QC has left Maitland Chambers to join Twenty Essex. Ayres QC takes silk in 2015 and has extensive experience in international arbitration. The company has customer connections in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the offshore market. He is the seventh new practitioner to join Twenty Essex in the last year.

Finally, by hiring former Ince Group partner Brian Boahene, the DWF opened a new insurance practice in Dubai. Boahene, a specialist in dispute resolution, will establish a practice focused on handling complex premium claims in the region.

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