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January 20, 2012 6:02 PM

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in the Am Law 200

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Clarification, 1/23/12, 7:25 EST: An earlier version of this story incorrectly characterized Latham & Watkins partner Pierre-Louis Clero's status at his previous firm. He was international counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining Latham.

A pair of corporate lawyers are headed to Baker Botts in Palo Alto: KYLE GUSE and AMAR MURUGAN, who both join the firm as partners. Guse and Murugan's clients include life sciences and technology companies. Guse often works on public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Murugan, meanwhile, represents emerging growth companies throughout their life cycle, including formation, financing rounds, acquisitions, and IPOs.

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft snags a dealmaker CHRISTOPHER COX from Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York. Cox, who joins Cadwalader as partner, advises public and private companies, private equity firms, and financial institutions in U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, capital raising transactions, and strategic investments, with a particular expertise in pharmaceutical industry matters.

In Atlanta, JOHN SIVERTSEN has jumped from Kaufman, Miller & Sivertsen (now Kaufman, Miller & Forman) to Epstein Becker Green. Sivertsen, who joins Epstein Becker as a member, specializes in franchise law, including all elements of supply and distribution.

Fenwick & West welcomes a new chair of its private equity practice in lateral hire SCOTT JOACHIM, who joins as a partner from Perkins Coie. Joachim, based in Silicon Valley, has a broad private equity practice covering leveraged buyout funds, growth equity funds, and hedge funds. He also represents private and public companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and capital raising transactions.

Foley Hoag has made additions to its offices in Boston and Paris. Stateside, corporate and securities partner DAVID WALEK comes to the firm from Ropes & Gray. Walek's clients span the technology, life sciences, energy, and manufacturing industries. Abroad, the firm gains ANNA JOUBIN-BRET as partner and PIERRE D'ARGENT as special counsel for its international litigation and arbitration practice. Joubin-Pret last worked with the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development as a senior legal adviser on investment, technology, and enterprise development. D'Argent, a law professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands and the University of Louvain in Belgium, most recently served as first secretary of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

The newest member of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson's Hong Kong office is partner CAROLYN SNG, formerly with Herbert Smith. Sng practices in the areas of complex capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, corporate finance, and private equity transactions.

ERIC HAYES has left Wells Fargo Private Bank, where he was a regional managing director, to be counsel in Goodwin Procter's Boston office. Hayes will focus on estate and trust administration for individuals, banks, trust companies, and professional fiduciaries.

Haynes and Boone welcomes back JOHN HARPER III, who worked at the firm in the early 2000s as an associate. Now of counsel in the labor and employment group, Harper has experience advising employers with regard to union organizing, litigating unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Based in Houston, Harper joins from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Haynes and Boone also adds a tax of counsel in New York, SAM LICHTMAN, from Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Lichtman's tax practice covers mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and joint ventures, often international in scope.

Two corporate lawyers have joined Latham & Watkins in Paris as partners, and a finance partner has joined the firm in Los Angeles. PATRICK LAPORTE and PIERRE-LOUIS CLERO, both previously with Debevoise & Plimpton in France, handle public and private domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, stock exchange–related transactions, and general corporate and commercial matters. In California, KEVIN EHRHART laterals over from Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis. His transactional real estate practice focuses on the acquisition and disposition of commercial office and industrial portfolios, as well as the development and financing of hotels and resorts, golf courses, retail centers, and residential communities.

WARREN ROSBOROUGH has boomeranged back to McDermott Will & Emery, where he worked as an associate from 2004 to 2007, after working in the Department of Justice's antitrust division for several years. Now a partner in Washington, D.C., Rosborough brings with him antitrust expertise related to the defense and aerospace, media, oil services equipment, and high-tech industries.

The expansion of Proskauer Rose's London-based private investment funds team continues with the hiring of NIGEL VAN ZYL as a partner. Van Zyl, previously with SJ Berwin, advises private equity and other alternative asset fund managers, institutional investors, and investment advisers.

Reed Smith's Washington, D.C., office now counts W. THOMAS CONNER as a partner. Conner, previously a partner at Sutherland Asbill and Brennan, practices in the exchange-traded funds area, counseling clients on the launch and maintenance of securities-based and commodities-based ETFs.

Schiff Hardin has launched in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a group of antitrust and sports law litigators from Miller Canfield. Schiff's four new partners are: GREGORY CURTNER, who will lead Schiff's antitrust and trade regulation practice firmwide, splitting his time between New York and Michigan; FREDERICK JUCKNIESS; KIMBERLY KEFALAS; and ROBERT WIERENGA.

McDermott Will & Emery has lost intellectual property litigator VERA ELSON to Sidley Austin in Palo Alto. Elson, who joins Sidley as a partner, augments her litigation practice, often for clients in the technology industry, also provides IP counseling. Earlier in her career, she worked as a high-speed circuit designer with Hughes Aircraft's Advanced Circuit Technology Lab.

Health care lawyer CHARLES LUBAND has taken his practice to SNR Denton in New York. Luband joins SNR Denton as partner from Ropes & Gray. He works with health care providers, associations, and companies on health care regulatory and reimbursement issues, including those related to Medicare and Medicaid, the 340B drug pricing program, and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.

The Churn is compiled from law firm releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this. Please send all announcements and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

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