Leading Weil Gotshal funds lawyer joins Gibson Dunn

More attorneys depart Clifford Chance’s German practice; L. Kevin Sheridan joins Mayer Brown; and other private fund lawyer moves.

Y. Shukie Grossman, former co-head of the US private funds group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, joined the New York office at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s investment funds practice. Grossman previously spent several years in the Division of Investment Management at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

• Mayer Brown appointed former Morgan Lewis private equity bigwig L. Kevin Sheridan Jr. as a partner in its corporate and securities practice in New York. Sheridan previously served as a partner and co-head of Bingham McCutchen’s global corporate group until November 2014, when Bingham reached a deal that sent Sheridan and 220 other partners to Morgan Lewis.

• Arndt Stengel is the latest attorney to depart Clifford Chance’s German practice. Stengel, who served as the magic circle firm’s German corporate advisory head from 2010 to 2013, has joined Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy as a partner in the Frankfurt office. Energy specialists Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister have also left Clifford Chance for White & Case in Düsseldorf. Earlier this year, Clifford Chance’s former global head of private equity Oliver Felsenstein and Munich private equity partner Burc Hesse defected to Latham & Watkins.

• Winston & Strawn added four finance and securities attorneys in the firm’s New York office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman including leveraged finance attorney Mats Carlston, who will serve as Winston’s co-chair of global finance.

• Weil, Gotshal & Manges hired Tim Gardner as a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Gardner, who joined from Latham & Watkins, has experience advising both local and international clients in private equity and M&A transactions.

• Andrew Felner joined the New York office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Felner joins from FDX Capital/FDX Offshore, where he was co-founder and managing partner of the financial advisory firm and affiliated merchant bank, and where he will remain as a board member.

• Scott Peterman joined the Hong Kong office of Jones Day as a private equity partner. He was previously a partner at Sidley Austin. Peterman represents private fund sponsors and investors in connection with the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including private equity funds, real estate funds, and hedge funds.

• Squire Patton Boggs promoted its private equity and venture capital head in Poland Michal Karwacki to partner at the firm's Warsaw office. Karwacki, who has more than 14 years of experience in the field, joined the firm’s global corporate practice in May 2014.

• Paul Pryzant joined Seyfarth Shaw as an M&A and capital transaction-focused partner in the corporate department of the law firm's Houston office. He previously was a partner with energy law boutique Burleson.

• Former Baker & McKenzie transaction attorneys Philip von Mehren and Michele Maney have joined Venable as corporate partners in the firm’s New York office. von Mehren will become co-chair of the New York corporate group. The pair arrives following the appointment of Peter Sternberg, another new corporate partner in New York, earlier this month.

• Schulte Roth & Zabel welcomed Frank Kwok to the firm as special counsel in the New York office, where his practice focuses on securities law, with a special emphasis on private investment in public equity transactions and related products.

Know of any private fund lawyer career moves we might have missed? If so, email pfm reporter Katherine Bucaccio at katherine.b@peimedia.com.