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May 24, 2011 7:09 PM

Mishcon Adds Former Dorsey Partner Andrew Rimmington

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

International law firm Mishcon de Reya announced on Monday that it hired former Dorsey & Whitney corporate partner Andrew Rimmington as a partner in the firm's London office.

Rimmington is one of two new additions to the corporate practice, along with former Appleby global partner Gray Smith. Rimmington joins the firm after spending two years as a consultant to industrial product manufacturer Affinia Group Inc. Prior to that, he was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, where he practiced from 1998 until the spring of 2009, when the firm terminated him in the wake of insider trading charges brought by the U.K.'s Financial Services Authority (FSA). The FSA brought the charges in May of that year, in connection with Novartis' 2006 takeover of NeuTec, as LegalWeek reported at the time

The case--which also involved former McDermott Will & Emery partner Micheal McFall (he left that firm in January 2009)--ended last June when both Rimmington and McFall were acquitted of all charges by a jury. The lawyers had been accused of receiving information on the deal from NeuTec's finance director Andrew King, who also was acquitted of insider trading charges.

Mishcon's corporate head, Nick Davis, says that the past charges are not an issue.

"He's done nothing wrong. Absolutely no question about it," Davis tells The Am Law Daily. Rimmington was "completely exonerated and Dorsey's loss is our gain, quite frankly. He's an absolutely super-talented lawyer and had tremendous references from clients, so we're really excited he's joined us."

Rimmington's past work includes advising clients such as Dana Corporation, British Coal Corporation, and Royal Mail plc on corporate matters, according to his bio on Mishcon's website.

Rimmington joins a corporate department at Mischcon that Davis says is growing, coming off one of its busiest years. "Last year we saw a 21 percent growth in corporate work alone," Smith says, adding that the overall growth was 30 percent.

Rimmington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

(Hat tip: The Lawyer.)

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