Revolving Doors: Simmons hires Dutch staff twice as Bakers expands finance practice

In the last round of side hiring, Simmons & Simmons significantly strengthened its presence in the Netherlands with two side partner appointments.

David Shearer, former partner at Dentons, and ex-AKD partner Robert Jean Kloprogge will join Simmons’ Amsterdam office. Both Shearer and Kloprogge are corporate and M&A attorneys. René van Eldonk, head of Simmons’ Dutch office, said the appointments are an extremely important step in realizing our ambitious growth plan in the region. This flood of new hires shows our continued commitment to expand our offerings to customers across Europe. ‘

In London, Baker McKenzie made an important appointment for his leveraged finance team and called in experienced partner Ben Wilkinson from White & Case. With 16 years of experience, Wilkinson was previously a partner in the debt finance practice of White & Case, where he advised clients on cross-border acquisition finance transactions.

Matthew Dening, Chairman of the Banking and Finance Practice of Baker McKenzie, commented, ‘Ben has an excellent reputation in the acquisition finance and bank lending market. It is expected that 2021 will be very busy as financial performance stabilizes again and creates important opportunities through pent-up refinancing and liquidity that have not yet been provided. Ben’s appointment will place Baker McKenzie in a solid position to capitalize on these openings. ‘

It’s been a productive couple of weeks for Shearman & Sterling. The company hired two restructuring and bankruptcy partners in London: Sam Brodie of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Helena Potts of Latham & Watkins. Brodie has extensive experience advising clients on complex financing aspects of restructuring projects, while Potts also has experience in complex cross-border restructurings.

The double rent follows the appointment of Alexander Wood, a restructuring and bankruptcy partner, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in September. Ward McKimm, Shearman’s European Managing Partner, said: ‘Helena brings excellent additional expertise to our now extensive and growing English law restructuring offering. She will play a key role alongside Alex and Sam in developing our restructuring practice in the region. ‘

Lewis Silkin joined In-house and added Tarun Tawakley, Deliveroo’s Director of Employment and Trade Disputes, as a partner. Tawakley, who will rejoin the company after starting his apprenticeship with Lewis Silkin in 2007, will join the labor litigation team. During his time in-house, Tawakley defended the self-employment status of Deliveroo drivers in several markets.

Richard Miskella, joint managing partner of Lewis Silkin, said: ‘His talents are clearly an exciting boost to our growing range of labor litigation as well as enhancing our market leading expertise in the technology driven industries. But it is also a confirmation of our corporate culture that, after we have trained with us and then become a customer, we welcome Tarun back as a friend and colleague for the next phase of his career. ‘

HFW has hired a senior hire with Matthew Cox, who comes from Simmons. Cox, who was previously a Managing Partner of Dentons in Singapore, will expand HFW’s London raw materials practice and bring it a raw material financing advantage. He advises banks, funds, commodity producers and traders in all forms of structured trading and commodity financing.

Alistair Feeney, HFW’s global raw materials chief, said the company is in “an exciting period of growth” and added that Cox “shares our approach to providing great customer service.”

Harbottle & Lewis has now hired experienced immigration partner Sarah Gogan, formerly Fladgate. Gogan brings 20 years of experience in a range of UK immigration issues and is recognized by the industry as one of the most pre-eminent and leading specialists in all aspects of personal immigration law, citizenship asylum and human rights law.

Gogan said, “Harbottle & Lewis is well known for its retail customer specialization, which complements my practice and approach, and I look forward to working with the team to develop solutions for our customers.”

K&L Gates has continued to expand its London energy, infrastructure and resource practice by hiring partner James Douglass from Baker Botts. Douglass is primarily focused on power, oil and gas, infrastructure and resources, but also advises on project finance and other structured loans. Douglass’ arrival is based on the hiring of energy dispute partner Ben Holland of Squire Patton Boggs in early March.

Finally, Squires has strengthened its controversial bank in Paris with the appointment of John Adam of Latham & Watkins. Adam brings a wealth of experience in complex international arbitration proceedings for trading and investing countries, especially in the energy sector.

Stephen Anway, global co-head of international dispute resolution, said, “John is a highly respected arbitration specialist whom we know well and have admired for some time. His extensive knowledge of arbitration and his connections to major jurisdictions will reinforce the strength of our market-leading team around the world while expanding our strong international dispute practice in Paris, which is vital to the further development of our international arbitration services. ‘

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