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Ogier appoints global banking and finance head

Kirkland has nabbed corporate lawyer from Freshfields; Cleary Gottlieb has promotes two; and more private fund lawyer moves.

Ogier named Cayman Islands-based banking and finance partner Angus Davison global head of its banking and finance practice. Davison advises primarily on regulation, and looks at mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency, debt issues, facility arrangements and Islamic finance structures. His clients include private equity firms with Cayman Islands branches or subsidiaries. While Davison will be concentrating on the global practice, banking and finance partner Katrina Edge will be responsible for the European region, covering Guernsey, Jersey and Luxembourg.

Kirkland & Ellis hired corporate lawyer Doug Bacon as a partner in its Houston office. He joins after six years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s New York office. Bacon advises private equity firms, companies and corporations on complex multinational mergers and acquisitions, many of which involve carve-out acquisitions and sales. Clients include The Blackstone Group, KKR, TPG, Apax Partners, MSD Capital and First Reserve Corp.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton promoted two private equity lawyers at its New York office to counsel. Kenneth Blazejewski focuses on private investment fund formation and secondary transactions, including fund restructurings and direct secondaries, as well as private investment fund joint ventures. Clients include Coller Capital, KKR, and TPG. Chris Churl-Min Lee focuses on organizing and advising private investment funds. He is currently based in New York, having spent much of his career in Hong Kong. Along with representing sponsors in their fund formation and investment activities, he advises institutions investing in private investment funds and separately managed accounts. He has advised Blackstone, Hillhouse Capital, KKR, Korea Investment Corporation and TPG, among others.

Schulte Roth & Zabel added Claudia Simon to the firm’s M&A and securities group. She joins from Paul Hastings, where she handled M&A and private equity transactions for over 13 years. Simon advises strategic and private equity clients on negotiated and hostile mergers and acquisitions, including going-private transactions, tender offers, exchange offers, stock acquisitions, asset acquisitions, joint ventures and auction transactions. In addition to her work in acquisitions, Simon also advises clients on takeover defenses and corporate governance matters.

Otterbourg named Daniel Fiorillo head of the firm’s restructuring practice effective January 1, 2017. He replaces Jonathan Helfat, who is moving departments after 25 years at the helm of the restructuring group. Fiorillo has worked in Otterbourg’s New York office for nearly 20 years, representing secured and unsecured creditors, hedge funds, private equity firms, corporations, equity holders, investors, and advisors that deal with financially distressed businesses both in bankruptcy and restructuring arrangements. He has represented hedge fund and private equity clients in numerous federal bankruptcy courts across the US.

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