Legal manoeuvres: PE lawyers’ latest moves – June 2012

More private equity lawyers from defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf continue to find new homes while Morrison & Foerster identifies the head of its New York private equity practice.

· M&A lawyer Jonathan Melmed has left Chadbourne & Park to head up Morrison & Foerster’s New York private equity practice. The hire complements the recent additions of Justin Stock, who joined the firm in London from O’Melveny & Myers, and Erik Knudsen, who joined the firm in Denver from Kirkland & Ellis.

· Fund formation lawyer Bradley Mandel has left Proskauer Rose to join Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office.

· Schulte Roth & Zabel snagged an 11-strong team of New York-based private equity and real estate lawyers from now defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. Joining the firm as partners are private equity lawyer Joseph Smith and real estate lawyer Marshall Brozost.

· In similar news Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has added former Dewey & LeBoeuf M&A lawyer Leo Batalov to its Moscow office.

· Simmons & Simmons has appointed corporate partner Colin Leaverto to lead its newly established investment funds division, which was spun out of the firm’s financial institutions unit to provide more focus on private fund manager clients, according to a statement.

· M&A lawyer David Gitlin has joined the Philadelphia office of Greenberg Traurig, having previously acted as head of Blank Rome’s Israel practice. Gitlin is expected to be instrumental in the growth of Greenberg Traurig’s Israel Practicea nd its recently established Tel Aviv office, according to a statement.

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