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Clifford Chance poaches German PE lawyer from KWM

Ogier hires corporate head in Luxembourg; Dentons expands CLO practice; and more private fund lawyer moves.

Clifford Chance poached Sonya Pauls from King & Wood Mallesons. She joins the firm’s Munich office on October 1 2016. At KWM, Pauls worked as head of funds in Germany and divided her time between Munich and London. In her new role, she will work closely with the German funds team and the international private funds group, advising national as well as international clients. Pauls specializes in private equity and corporate funds, and has experience in advising funds throughout their life-cycle, as well as on large fund structuring and other fund-related issues such as fund restructuring and mediation.

Ogier has appointed Bertrand Geradin as partner in its Luxembourg office. Geradin will lead Ogier’s corporate practice and is one of three new hires made by the firm. He has more than 15 years’ experience with law firms in Luxembourg, Brussels, London and Philadelphia and specializes in corporate law. His clients include private equity and real estate firms, asset managers as well as multinational companies. The other two appointments are Julia Journée, who joins as a senior associate in the banking and finance team, and Bernard Elslander, who joins as an associate in the corporate and commercial team.

Dentons expanded its collateralized loan obligation practice with the hire of Martin Sharkey as partner. He joins the firm from Clifford Chance, where he spent 13 years advising on a variety of asset-backed security products, portfolio sales and structured finance transactions. Sharkey’s clients include private equity firms, banks, investment firms, asset managers and insurance companies. Dentons also added corporate lawyer Aian Abbas to the firm’s corporate, M&A and private equity practice in Italy. Abbas joins the firm from Ashurst, where she served as corporate partner. She has experience in corporate, private equity and M&A matters, and particularly focuses on corporate finance and leveraged finance transactions. Abbas joins the firm alongside associate Alma De Rosa and trainee Violetta Cozzone. Abbas and her team will be based in Dentons’ new Rome office, which opened in July 2016.

Duncan McDonald has joined Taylor Wessing as partner in the firm’s private equity practice. Wessing joins the firm from Olswang, where he spent eight years advising sponsors, management teams and companies on management buyouts and buy-ins, portfolio company transactions, exits and growth capital deals. He also specializes in domestic and cross-border M&A and joint ventures. During his tenure, McDonald has advised a number of firms, including Better Capital, Chamonix Private Equity, NBGI Private Equity and OPTrust Private Markets Group. Taylor Wessing now has 20 private equity lawyers in its London office.

• UK firm Eversheds has added clean energy specialists Mark Dennison and Conrad Purcell to its infrastructure practice. Both of them join the firm as project finance partners from rival firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Dennison had been at Norton Rose since starting there as a trainee in 2003. He joined the firm’s renewable energy and infrastructure project finance department in 2005 and provided advice on deals including the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm in the UK, which reached a £2.6 billion ($3.5 billion; €3.1 billion) financial close in May. Meanwhile, Purcell had worked at Norton Rose since June 2011. He previously acted as in-house counsel to renewable energy developer RES Group. He has advised on projects in Central Europe and the UK as well as Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has appointed James Howe as a partner in the firm’s London office. He joins the firm from Proskauer Rose in London. Howe focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions. He specializes in cross-border leveraged buyouts, buy-ins, and strategic sales and acquisitions. His clients include a variety of US and UK private equity sponsors, management teams, venture capital firms, financial institutions and public and private companies. Prior to joining Proskauer he was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’s private equity team.

• Corporate partner Ezra Borut relocated from Debevoise & Plimpton’s New York office to the firm’s Tokyo office on August 29 2016. Borut has worked at Debevoise for more than 20 years, and advises on a range of corporate matters including multinational joint ventures, corporate restructurings, US domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He also has experience advising major Japanese companies and other multinational clients across a variety of sectors, including energy and natural resources.

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