Who’s flown the corporate nest this month?
Two birds ruffle a few feathers
Rumour has it that high-flying IP lawyer Mark Abell has handed in his resignation as intellectual property and technology head at Field Fisher Waterhouse to join Bird & Bird. The firm has yet to tweet confirmation, but if true Mr Abell will not be the only new bird in the nest this month. Also joining him will be Jörg Paura as partner in the International Corporate Group, Brett Hailey as partner in the International Aviation Sector Group, and Michael Brown and Martin Sandler in the Financial Services Group.
Antitrust but pro Chance
Leading Aussie antitrust lawyer Dave Poddar has joined Clifford Chance’s fledging Sydney office. Mr Poddar is the firm’s first lateral partner hire since opening the office in 2011, and brings the office’s total number of partners to 16. The former A&O partner has over 20 years’ experience in the field and his practice will focus on merger clearances and competition issues as well as cartel matters.
Hook, line and sinker
Osborne Clarke (OC) has hooked ex-Dundas and Wilson big fish and real estate specialist John Pike. Mr Pike, formerly Stephenson Harwood’s chief executive, will be bringing his loyal team of finance lawyers with him. The team includes associates Richard Hathaway and Pauline Ho, and new OC partner Ben Truman.
Olswang hits the right note
Media and tech specialist Olswang has strengthened its corporate offering this month with the hire of partner Thomas Schubert to its German team. Mr Schubert, who joins the firm from Mayer Brown, will focus on corporate, restructuring and insolvency, building on his extensive experience in the Technology and Renewable Energy sectors.
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