White & Case picks up partner as Boies Schiller loses three in Manhattan

White & Case has bolstered its debt finance practice in London with the addition of acquisitions and leveraged finance specialist Monica Barton of Winston & Strawn. Barton, who is dual qualified in England and Wales and France, is the third partner to join the firm’s EMEA banking practice in 2022 following the March arrivals of Paul Yin in London and Neeolferr Roy in Paris.

Meanwhile, CMS has hired PwC property manager Amit Unadkat. Ranked as a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500 for Commercial Real Estate Investment, he has experience in a range of real estate work, including investment transactions, corporate real estate finance and mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

Unadkat said of the move: “CMS’s strong international reputation and cross-border capabilities present exciting opportunities for my practice, particularly inbound international investors who are currently very active. I look forward to working with the team to further strengthen CMS’s position in the real estate advisory market.’

Elsewhere, Osborne Clarke is set to acquire a pension team from BDB Pitmans, who have opted to no longer offer this range of services. David Hosford and Chris Netiatis, who will be based in Reading, will join Osborne Clarke on May 30 alongside three lawyers in London. Current clients of the BDB Pitmans team include £1 billion schemes, the Pension Protection Fund, local government pension schemes, Imperial Tobacco and BAE Systems.

Dispute resolution and ESG expert Sarah Ellington joins Watson Farley & Williams from DLA Piper, where she was Chief Legal Officer. Ellington advises clients on crisis management and risk mitigation, with a focus on business and human rights, as well as fraud and outsourcing litigation.

Andrew Ward, co-head of WFW’s Dispute Resolution Group in London, said: “Sarah is an important strategic addition to the business. Her experience in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration, including class disputes level and parent company liability claims, will be a tremendous asset to the litigation team in London.’

Finally, in the UK, Russell-Cooke has hired criminal lawyer and barrister Frances Murray, who co-founded legal services provider Rosenblatt, where she ran its financial crime department. She brings extensive experience acting for corporations and high net worth clients in the area of ​​contentious and non-contentious financial crime and regulatory matters.

Across the Atlantic, Boies Schiller Flexner lost three partners in New York. Global Investigations and White Collar Advocacy Group Chief Peter Skinner will join Morrison & Foerster, becoming the city’s eighth hire since the start of 2022. William Marsillo would transition to an internal role, while Co-General Counsel Illana Miller is also set to leave. The departures follow numerous recent management changes and departures, including the high-profile departure of former London managing partner Natasha Harrison to a local side in January.

And in the Middle East, Trowers & Hamlins has recruited new partner Hasan Rahman to its international construction team in Abu Dhabi. A qualified attorney for 11 years, Rahman joins Trowers from DLA Piper, where he was chief legal officer.

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