Goodwin wins over financial markets guru as Ashurst hires derivatives expert

Amid the latest round of side hires, Goodwin chose Ariel White-Tsimikalis, capital markets partner and ESG specialist, of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in London.

White-Tsimikalis specializes in advising investment banks, corporates and private equity funds on equity capital markets transactions, but also advises listed clients on their ESG obligations.

David Mardle, Partner in Goodwin’s Technology and Life Sciences practice, commented, “Ariel’s best-in-class experience in the equity capital markets will be integral to both our our growing portfolio of emerging clients and the development of our strong global relationships with leading financial institutions.

Ashurst strengthened its derivatives practice in London with the hiring of former Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) partner Daniel Franks. An expert in derivatives and structured finance, Franks has experience in a wide range of capital markets transactions, particularly in the fintech sector.

Mike Logie, Ashurst partner and head of global markets, described Franks as “an exceptionally well-regarded practitioner.” He added: “Our reputation in sell-side work is second to none and Daniel will be a great addition to the practice, enhancing our client offering with his sell-side and buy-side expertise.”

When a derivative partner leaves FRN, another one arrives. This week, the firm welcomed its partner Yusuf Battiwala, who comes from Dentons. He regularly advises on derivatives and structured finance, both conventional and Islamic. Battiwala works across all major asset classes including rates, foreign exchange, credit, equities and commodities, and her clients include banks, corporates and funds.

“Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the most highly regarded banking and finance practices in the world, with strength in all major regions and business types,” Battiwala said. “I look forward to joining the team to grow the company’s market-leading offering to customers and help them achieve their strategic goals.”

Also in the city, King and Spalding recruited Robert Marshall, executive compensation and benefits partner, from Jones Day. He has extensive experience in assisting public and private companies with executive compensation and stock ownership issues globally, covering 140 countries.

Todd Holleman, head of King & Spalding’s corporate, finance and investment practice group, praised Marshall’s international impact: “Clients are increasingly demanding a holistic approach to their compensation and benefits systems. Social and Rob will be an essential aspect of strengthening our European and global capabilities. ‘

DAC Beachcroft has appointed Emily Senior as a partner in its healthcare practice, previously leading Capsticks’ clinical neglect team in Leeds. She joins DAC’s Health and Social Services sector group and has experience in areas such as clinical risks and maternity related incidents.

BCLP has pulled off a controversial recruitment stunt in Paris, hiring two partners from White & Case as well as two associates. Philippe Métais and Elodie Valette are the associate partners, who both share expertise in litigation and banking regulation as well as in commercial matters and business crime. Métais previously headed the litigation team at White & Case in Paris.

Constantin Achillas, co-manager of the Paris office of BCLP, declared: “The arrival of Philippe and Elodie supports our ambition and reinforces our litigation offer. The synergies of our consolidated litigation department, as well as the firm’s other practices in competition, restructuring, financing, mergers and acquisitions and real estate, further strengthen our ability to respond to the various and complex disputes and situations to which our customers face.

Despite the abandonment of some litigation practitioners in the French capital, white and case made amends by appointing Xavier Petet, M&A partner, following his exit from Clifford Chance. Petet advises on cross-border and domestic private equity transactions and corporate mergers and acquisitions, with particular experience in the technology, healthcare, energy and infrastructure sectors.

“Xavier is a promising and well-known practitioner in the French private equity market, whose energy and strong private equity pedigree will help further develop private equity capabilities in the EMEA region,” said the partner of White & Case and head of the EMEA section for mergers and acquisitions and private equity, Thierry Bosly. He added: “His addition will boost both the quantity and quality of private equity mandates managed outside of Paris and further strengthen the team’s stature in the market.”

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