Movers: February 2012

February 22, 2012

Eyes on the prize – the lowdown on the legal world’s latest movers

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Setting sail for new horizons

Former Goodwin Procter partner Loretta Lau has been chosen to captain Watson Farley & Williams’ new venture into Hong Kong. The specialist maritime law firm has confirmed its plans to open a new office shortly (pending regulatory approvals). Ms Lau, a corporate and capital markets lawyer, will be joined by second mate Madeline Leong, who is currently an asset finance partner at the firm’s Singapore base.

Eversheds scores a hatrick

Innovative law firm Eversheds has scored a hatrick this month with the addition of three new partners. Emma King and Sarah Franklin, who join the firm from Fortune 500 law firm Squire Sanders, have come on board to boost the firm’s London pensions practice, whilst Dundas & Wilson partner Richard Lampert will be bolstering the real estate team.

Have we met before?

Bill McCaffrey, former consumer finance partner at Salans, is set to join CMS Cameron McKenna after originally resigning last year to join US firm Locke Lord. Mr McCaffrey, who specialises in legal and regulatory matters related to loans, instalment credit, leasing and asset finance, had been poached by the Texan firm, along with half a dozen other colleagues, for the Locke Lord’s London re-launch.

Katten got the cream

Chicago-based firm Katten Muchin Rosenman is purring with satisfaction this month after finally appointing a new managing partner, Peter Sugden, for its London office. Mr Sugden, previously real estate head at Mayer Brown City, will be leading on plans to expand the practice in its core areas of real estate and financial services. The appointment has been a long-time coming with Katten’s former London head, funds partner Martin Cornish, departing for K&L Gates early last year.

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