Debevoise bulks up NY office

PE Manager tracks private equity lawyer moves: Taylor Wessing names its German private equity head; O’Melveny loses its corporate finance head; and more.  

Debevoise & Plimpton welcomed back private funds formation lawyer Andrew Goldberg to its New York office, which he left in 2010 to take on a similar role at rival law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Also joining Debevoise’s New York office is litigation attorney David Sarratt, a former US assistant attorney for the eastern district of New York’s criminal division.

• Two German private equity partners from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have recently left for new firms. Based in Munich, former Skadden M&A lawyer Walter Henle becomes Taylor Wessing’s head of German private equity.Meanwhile in Frankfurt, former Skadden partner Peter Veranneman has moved to Bird & Bird.

• Jones Day hired private equity deals lawyer Louis Mercedes as partner in the group’s Boston office. He was previously with Edwards Wildman Palmer. 

Eric Reimer, a veteran deals lawyer who concentrates on health care, education, technology, retail and transportation, has rejoined Milbank as partner in Los Angeles after a 15 year departure from the firm. He was previously chair of O’Melveny & Myers’ corporate finance practice.

• Offshore law firm Carey Olsen named M&A attorney Claire McConway as counsel in its British Virgin Islands (or BVI) division. In this London-based role, McConway will focus on developing the firm's Russian practice. She previously headed the Russia-focused practice at peer offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips named M&A lawyer Thomas Poletti as partner in its Orange County office. He was previously a partner at K&L Gates.

Lucy Oddy joined Latham & Watkins’ London office. She was previously with Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she advised clients on cross border finance matters in the UK and across Europe.  

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