Appointments: change of management at Harneys; Russel Cooke Charity Team Adds Partner
New global leadership at Harneys
The offshore law firm Harneys has appointed Ross Munro as its global managing partner.
Munro is expected to take over the leadership role from President Peter Tarn, who will step down after nine years in early 2022. After the transition, Tarn will continue to serve as a partner in the British Virgin Islands.
Munro has over two decades of experience advising clients on all aspects of offshore investment fund formation, operation and restructuring as well as the impact of financial services and securities law. relevant movable property.
He joined Harneys in 2005 as a fund partner, and was promoted to partner and appointed head of investment funds for the British Virgin Islands in 2012. He spent two years as global head of investment funds before becoming global head of fiduciary, a position he held. held since 2013.
Tarn commented: “[Munro] has for many years combined his stimulating daily work with that of a trusted advisor to whom I automatically turn in a crisis and a de facto assistant on numerous occasions. I have no doubt that I will leave the management of the company in truly capable hands. ”
Munro added, “My vision is for Harneys to build on these strong foundations, developing with a supportive business, cultural and technological environment that enables our employees to provide exceptional customer service while meeting their own ambitions. ”
Charity specialist joins Russel Cooke in London as partner
Russell Cooke has expanded his charity group with the arrival of charity expert Pippa Garland from Bates Wells in London.
Garland, who joins the firm as a partner, specializes in advising charities and social enterprises, with a particular focus on charitable giving for individuals, corporate foundations and family foundations.
In addition to his work with the Russell Cooke charity team, Garland will play a “key role” in the firm’s multidisciplinary family office service, which manages the legal aspects of family wealth and business affairs.
Prior to joining Russell Cooke, Garland spent seven years as a senior partner in the Bates Wells charity and social enterprise group. She moved to Bates Wells from Allen & Overy in 2014, where she worked as an associate upon completion of her internship.
Garland’s appointment brings the total number of partners of London-based Russel Cooke to 63, including six in his charity team.
Mayer Brown appoints new Los Angeles associate director
Mayer Brown has appointed John Nadolenco as managing partner in its Los Angeles office, replacing longtime managing partner Phil Recht.
Recht, who has held this position since 2009, will continue to co-lead the firm’s public policy, regulatory and political law practice.
Nadolenco joined Mayer Brown in 1995 and previously held a number of leadership positions during his tenure with the firm, most notably as a member of its board of directors and co-lead of its litigation and dispute resolution practice. , as well as head of consumer disputes and class actions.
A seasoned litigator, Nadolenco focuses his work on high stakes cases and class action defense. He was notably lead counsel in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the firm’s client, making it more difficult for plaintiffs to sue without prejudice.
Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office has been central to its growth strategy, having nearly doubled in size over the past decade. He currently has over 50 attorneys engaged in a number of key practice areas including banking and financial law, corporate and securities law, government and environmental law, among others.
London-based fintech specialist targets Jones Day San Francisco office
Jones Day has strengthened its financial markets practice with the addition of financial technology specialist Abradat Kamalpour.
Kamalpour, who joins the firm as a partner after twelve years at Ashurst, will initially be based in the firm’s London office before moving to San Francisco. He brings with him extensive experience in FinTech, debt capital markets, structured finance and finance for investors and institutions in the Gulf Companies Council countries.
Throughout his career, Kamalpour has been involved in structuring innovative ways to use blockchain and cryptocurrency based technologies on various finance and capital market transactions, including designing and establishing a program of acceleration in London with links to Silicon Valley, and as an advisor and member. a number of FinTech-focused boards and working groups.
In his new role at Jones Day, Kamalpour will focus on advising financial institutions and businesses on cross-border fintech opportunities between the Bay Area, New York and London and the company’s clients in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. , while developing its own fintech initiative in its practices and offices around the world.
Jayant Tambe, head of the financial markets practice at Jones Day, said Kamalpour’s experience and the links between the global financial center in London and the global technology hub in Silicon Valley “will be of exceptional value” to its financial services clients.
Aaron Agenbroad, partner in charge of Jones Day’s San Francisco office, added, “Northern California has provided an ecosystem unlocking tremendous value through information technology and fintech will be no exception. As a tri-qualified US-based lawyer, he is well-positioned to advise clients with global offerings on English law and how to access European capital markets.
CMS Adds Global Financial Partner in Hong Kong
CMS hired Ashurst Financial Partner Christopher Whiteley to establish a capital markets and derivatives practice in Hong Kong.
Whiteley’s practice covers structured finance, with a particular emphasis on “over-the-counter” derivative transactions. He advises financial institutions, in particular investment banks, on hedging, trading activities and complex strategic financing transactions, as well as related credit support arrangements.
Whiteley said, “By creating a practice in Capital Markets and Derivatives, I look forward to expanding the company’s financing offering in Hong Kong, which in my view is one of the markets. most important financial institutions in the world.
With Whiteley’s appointment, CMS now has seven partners in the field in Hong Kong, including Tim Elliot, who heads the firm’s financial practice in the region.
CMS recently released its company-wide year-end financial results, reporting a 3% increase in growth to 1.475 billion euros for the last fiscal year.
Clinical nurse specialist joins Hugh James in London
Hugh James, headquartered in Cardiff, has added clinical nurse specialist Rachel Thomas to his asbestos team to support individuals and families with mesothelioma.
Thomas is joining the firm after her longtime position at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where she spent more than a decade as a clinical nurse specialist in lung cancer and mesothelioma.
She will be primarily based in the London office of Hugh James, but will support the firm’s clients at its other UK bases in Cardiff, Cambridge, Southampton and Plymouth.
As a member of Hugh James’ asbestos team, Thomas will advise patients on treatment options and clinical trials, and support patients on treatment by educating them about the risks and benefits of different treatments and how to monitor them. potential side effects.
Thomas will also provide advice and support to clients with mesothelioma and their families and will work alongside support groups with which the firm works in partnership, including Mesothelioma UK, the national asbestos charity.
Richard Green, partner and head of the firm’s asbestos team, said: “It’s not just technical and legal advice that people need when making a claim like this – they need someone. one to talk to, share their concerns and be listened to throughout the complaint. treat. Rachel brings her extensive nursing experience and training to this important customer support role and that is why she is such an important addition to our team.
Eversheds Sutherlan adds two commercial litigation specialists in London
Eversheds Sutherland has added commercial litigation partner duo Phillip Richardson and Sheena Buddhdev to their London litigation practice.
Richardson will join Linklaters’ firm starting this week, while Buddhdev will join Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in September.
With over a decade of experience as a commercial litigator, Richardson focuses his practice on TMT litigation as well as accounting investigations and enforcement proceedings. At Eversheds, he will work closely with Kari McCormick, Financial Services Litigation and Investigations Partner, to advise clients on litigation mandates, complex investigations and enforcement in the accounting and financial services industry. the audit.
Buddhdev, meanwhile, has been advising clients on complex and high-value litigation for over 20 years. She specializes in corporate litigation for hedge fund and private equity clients, often with a cross-border element, as well as insolvency and restructuring litigation mandates. By joining the firm, Buddhdev will also strengthen Eversheds’ growing arbitration capacity through its experience in international arbitration.
The couple’s arrival follows a string of hires in the Eversheds litigation practice in London, including recent appointments of McCormick and Claire Stockford, who have joined Burges Salmon and Shepherd and Wedderburn respectively.