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A&O poaches five leveraged finance partners

K&L Gates adds to London office; Ogier promotes three funds specialists; and more private fund lawyer moves.

Allen & Overy added five leveraged finance partners to its New York office. The team is led by senior leveraged finance partner Scott Zemser and includes dual qualified partner Alan Rockwell and partners Rajani Gupta, Judah Frogel and Todd Koretzky. Zemser, Rockwell and Frogel join the firm from White & Case, Gupta joins from Proskauer Rose and Koretzky previously worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. The team’s US domestic and international finance practice represents banks and other financial institutions as lead arrangers, underwriters and participants across all types of financings and also advises clients on debt restructurings.

• K&L Gates hired Barry Cosgrave as partner in the firm’s finance practice in London. Cosgrave joins the firm from Shearman & Sterling, where he worked for over five years, most recently as partner. Cosgrave has experience working on matters related to distressed debt and restructuring, debt capital markets, structured finance and Islamic finance. Cosgrove is the second to join the firm’s London finance team in recent months.

Baker & McKenzie appointed corporate lawyer Steven Canner to the firm’s corporate and securities team in New York. Canner joins the firm from Kaye Scholer, where he worked as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice. Canner advises clients on global M&A, private equity, venture capital and capital markets transactions. He represents a variety of clients including private equity funds.

Ogier promoted three corporate and funds specialists in the firm’s Cayman office. James Heinicke has been named partner. He has experience in a variety of banking, finance and corporate matters and he regularly advises banks, financial institutions, investment funds and large corporate multinationals. Joanne Huckle and Piers Dryden have both been promoted to managing associate. Huckle advises investment funds clients on both open-ended and closed-ended mutual fund and private equity fund structures. Dryden has experience advising on corporate matters, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. He also advises investment funds clients in the establishment, operation, restructuring, regulation and listing of private equity funds.

Levenfeld Pearlstein appointed Matthew Hinderman as partner in its corporate and securities practice. He joins the firm’s Chicago office from Katten Muchin Rosenma, where he worked over five years. Hinderman has experience in tax and corporate planning for corporate mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he advises his clients on private equity transactions, partnership transactions, international transactions and other tax matters.

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