Advisory firm Avonhurst boosts practice with associate hires

Avonhurst today announced four new associate hires, cementing the rapid growth that has characterised its first year. Senior associate Joshua Swerner joins the firm from Linklaters, where he spent time in the London and Moscow offices; Tanya Macrae joins from Allen & Overy (Brussels and London) and has worked at both Latham & Watkins and Herbert Smith Freehills; Oliver Elsaesser joins as an associate from Paul Hastings and Katja Loncaric joins from the London office of Norton Rose Fulbright, having previously worked in Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office.

Avonhurst is a political risk and legal advisory firm dedicated to representing sophisticated capital. Since its launch in July 2019 by founding partner Jonathan Bloom, the firm has attracted a raft of established talent, including seven partner hires – mostly from magic circle firms – as well as hiring four leading figures from the political, financial and legal sectors as senior advisers, including Lord (Gavin) Barwell, tech entrepreneur Sean West, General, the Lord (Nick) Houghton, Blackstone’s Andrew Dowler and Tina Fordham (Partner and Head of Global Political Strategy), formerly of Citigroup.

These have been complemented by the additions of high yield specialist Albert Aharonian (previously at Milbank, Paul Hastings and Sidley Austin), and political expert Jessica Turner who is a US lawyer having joined out of law school and has extensive experience including working on Capitol Hill, Washington DC and at the House of Commons in London.

Jonathan Bloom, Chief Executive of Avonhurst, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Joshua, Tanya, Oliver and Katja to the firm. While we are justifiably proud of our ability to attract established partner talent, we recognise that our long-term sustainability as a leading adviser to sophisticated capital clients requires excellence at every level. We are committed to attracting, nurturing and growing the very best associates.

“Our new hires bring valuable UK and international experience in corporate, antitrust, leveraged, export credit, trade and asset-backed finance, financial services and capital markets, honed at some of the biggest and best law firms in the world. They will work alongside our market-leading partners and advisers to ensure our clients get top-level service across legal, legislative and political advisory, and capital services.”

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Launched in 2019, Avonhurst is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of sophisticated capital by providing a bespoke offering comprising legal advisory, political strategy and capital services. A group of market-leading founders and influencers from the legal world have created a revolutionary advisory business dedicated to helping funds, capital providers, corporate borrowers and issuers, and secured lenders, navigate the complexities of ever-changing markets.

Perella Weinberg Partners adds to their advisory team

Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) today announced that it has elected two individuals to join the firm’s partnership.

“We are excited to welcome Doug McGovern (New York) and Cyrille Perard (Paris) to the firm’s Partnership,” said Peter Weinberg, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of PWP. “They exemplify PWP’s culture of excellence – which they’ve demonstrated through hard work, dedication, commitment and an unparalleled drive to deliver for their clients, colleagues and the firm. We congratulate Cyrille and Doug on this tremendous accomplishment and look forward to their continued contributions to the firm.”

Professional Biographies:

Doug McGovern focuses on advising clients on capital structure and liability management matters.

Mr. McGovern has more than 18 years of experience. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in January of 2010, Mr. McGovern was at BPW Acquisition Corp, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) co-sponsored by Perella Weinberg Partners, from 2009 to 2010, where he helped lead the SPAC’s merger with Talbots, Inc. He was previously an associate of Brooklyn NY Holdings LLC, where he worked in the firm’s principal investing business. Prior to that, Mr. McGovern worked for Windward Capital Partners from 2002-2005. Mr. McGovern began his career as an Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mr. McGovern earned an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Duke University.

Cyrille Perard advises clients across industries in France.

Mr. Perard has more than 18 years of corporate M&A and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in 2018, Mr. Perard was Co-Head of M&A for the France, Belgium and Luxembourg Region at Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 working in its London, San Francisco and Paris Offices.

Mr. Perard holds a Masters degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Rödl & Partner advises GS Star on its expansion to Switzerland

Rödl & Partner advised GS Star GmbH (GS Star) on financial, legal and tax matters in the acquisition of two hotels from Turicum Hotel Management Group. GS Star is operated by the holding company Gorgeous Smiling Hotels Holding GmbH, the joint venture of AUCTUS Capital Partners AG and G&E Hotelbeteiligungs GmbH.

A specialised M&A team led by partner Jochen Reis advised GS Star on all financial, legal and tax transaction issues. The financial due diligence was led out by Felix Markowsky, the legal advice by Alex Barbier and the tax advice by Florian Kaiser.

Strategic Potential

The acquisition of the two hotels from Turicum Hotel Management Group is part of the continuous and successful cooperation between GS Star and its franchise partner Intercontinental Hotels Group. The operation also opens a new market for GS Star: The hotels are located in Berne and Zurich with a capacity of 144 and 164 rooms, respectively.

Transaction Parties

Turicum Hotel Management Group was founded in 1993. After the operation, it will continue to operate the 4-star B2-Boutique Hotel + Spa in Zurich.

The management company of GS Star, Gorgeous Smiling Hotels GmbH, is an international multi-brand hotel operator, that acts as a franchisee in the European market for such global brands as Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hilton or Wyndham Hotel & Resorts. The group also focuses on the development of its private labels such as Rilano Hotel & Resorts and Arthotel ANA. The Group has won awards from the Financial Times and Focus Business and is among the top thousand fastest growing companies in Europe. The strong expansion of Gorgeous Smiling Hotels GmbH in the German-speaking countries, the Netherlands and, in the future, Great Britain led to a portfolio of more than 100 properties operating in a wide range of segments.

AUCTUS Capital Partners AG is an independent investment company founded by entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2001, AUCTUS has already made more than 200 investments. More than 25 platform investments combine a total of more than 50 legal entities, representing total sales of approx. €1bn and total net income of >€50m.

HFW boosts fast-growing transactional offering

Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has continued to expand its fast-growing transactional offering with the hire of senior corporate finance partner Wing Cheung.

Wing specialises in capital markets, including initial public offerings, as well as M&A, private equity and other transactional work. He joins HFW’s Hong Kong office from US law firm Locke Lord, where he was Hong Kong Managing Partner.

Wing’s arrival continues HFW’s significant expansion of its global corporate and finance practices. HFW launched a transactional practice in China earlier this year and has now added 19 transactional partners across its international network since 2018, including lateral hires in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Monaco, Paris and Singapore.

Patrick Yeung, Hong Kong Office Head, HFW:

“This is a major boost to our transactional offering in Greater China and the wider region. Wing brings a wealth of experience of high-end corporate finance, and has an outstanding reputation for his technical expertise and exceptional client service. I am thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”

Wing advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including initial public offerings and M&A. He also has significant experience in regulatory enforcement and compliance, having acted on major investigations and other proceedings by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.

Wing Cheung, Partner, HFW:

“I am very excited to be joining HFW. It’s been really noticeable over the past few years that HFW is building a strong global corporate and finance practice to complement its leading reputation for disputes and sector-related work. I’m looking forward to helping the firm continue that growth, and working with the HFW transactional teams in Greater China and across the firm’s extensive international network.”

HFW has operated in Greater China for more than 40 years, having been one of the first international law firms to open an office in the country, in 1978.

The firm now has almost 80 lawyers in Greater China, including 21 partners, and is a market leader in aviation, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, shipping, commercial litigation and corporate.

HFW also recently brought in a market-leading team to launch in Monaco – one of 11 international office openings, mergers and associations since 2016, including a fully-integrated US merger and other moves in Brazil, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.

About HFW

HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.hfw.com/

Trainee programme at local law firm is a success

Local firm Pinkney Grunwells Lawyers are celebrating the success of their trainee programme as another of their trainees has achieved full qualification as a solicitor.

Michael Johnson grew up in Scarborough, attending St Augustine’s School followed by Scarborough Sixth Form College. He joined Pinkney Grunwells on a training contract in 2017 having first completed a Law and Politics degree at the University of Manchester and a Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Michael, who during his training contract gained experience in property, family and private client law, will be staying on at the firm to become a full time member of the private client team in Scarborough, advising clients on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, probate and estates.

The firm has a long history of taking on trainees and the trainee programme has grown and developed over time. With a minimum of two trainee solicitors retained at a time, new placements are recruited for annually, usually last two years and provide trainees with the chance to train across at least three areas of law. The firm has developed links with local education and training providers, regularly attending careers talks and events and providing work experience placements. Opportunities are also regularly available to local young people seeking to complete apprenticeships in business administration, finance or legal services.

Teresa Bennion, Managing Partner at Pinkney Grunwells, said that recruiting talented professionals can be challenging for local businesses and for law firms in particular.

Teresa said, “We acknowledge that staff are our greatest asset and we are committed to growing local talent through our trainee programme. We provide trainees with an environment in which they can develop the skillset needed as practising solicitors. In a location where it can be difficult to attract qualified staff, we are proud that many have stayed on to further their career with us after they have qualified.

As a business, we recognise that investment in training and development means that in the long-term, we retain staff and provide a better service to our clients as we are able to respond more easily to demands for particular service areas as they arise.”

Michael Johnson is pleased that the training programme has given him the opportunity to have the career he wants without having to move away.

“I was attracted to the trainee programme at Pinkney Grunwells as it is the largest firm on the Yorkshire Coast and the Partners are proactive. Training at a high street firm has given me the opportunity to train across a varied caseload, assisting my local community with the legal aspects of life events from buying a house to making a Will or helping with difficult areas such as divorce.

I had a particular interest in private client law due to the varied nature of the work and I am really looking forward to working with clients both old and new at our Scarborough and Driffield offices.”

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://pinkneygrunwells.co.uk/

Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C. Adds New Partner

Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser is pleased to announce that Brian M. Rothery has joined the firm as a partner. Mr. Rothery has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of intellectual property law cases.

Mr. Rothery provides strategic representation to clients in technology disputes involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights. In addition to his trial practice, he also counsels clients on technology-related issues such as licensing, product development and supply agreements, merger and acquisition due diligence, product clearance (Freedom to Operate), and IP portfolio development. His fields of expertise include consumer products, medical devices, manufacturing equipment, robotic devices, and life sciences.

Mr. Rothery’s credentials as an innovative IP attorney are well established, most recently serving as a partner with Fox Rothschild, LLP’s intellectual property group. Brian Rothery earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1987), and his J.D., cum laude, from Pace University School of Law (1990). He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, admitted to the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of N.Y., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C.

Founded in 1973, Garden City-based Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, P.C. (SSMP) is a premier intellectual property practice comprised of highly skilled attorneys with sophisticated technical backgrounds. SSMP is well-positioned at the crossroads of cutting-edge science, technology and law where it offers detailed, bankable opinions and secures, protects and enforces intellectual property for its clients.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.ssmp.com/