Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition of David Lewis as a partner in London.
"The UK is the second largest legal market globally and our London M&A team continues to go from strength-to-strength, advising clients on their most complex cross-border public and private M&A transactions," said White & Case partner John Reiss, Head of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. "Further strengthening the M&A team in London through the hire of experienced partner David Lewis will support the continued growth and development of our corporate practice in this key market."
Lewis specialises in mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and equity investments, with a primary focus on the mining & metals and energy sectors. He also has significant experience in distressed M&A, debt for equity restructurings and a range of other sectors. Lewis joins White & Case from Clifford Chance, where he was a partner and co-head of the mining & metals group.
"David is a board level trusted adviser who is retained on the most significant corporate and M&A mandates for his clients," said White & Case partner Philip Broke, Regional Section Head EMEA M&A/Corporate 2. "The addition of David to our M&A team in London will provide further strength and depth to our multi-jurisdictional EMEA offering and complement our experience and capabilities in the region."
Partner Oliver Brettle, a member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, said: "The position of London as a financial centre and the importance of English law for cross-border corporate transactions means M&A continues to be a priority practice for our London office. The strategically important addition of David further cements our commitment to our London and broader EMEA M&A practice following a period of significant growth. David also boasts deep industry knowledge in mining & metals so he will be working particularly closely with London-based partner Rebecca Campbell, who leads the Global Mining & Metals Industry Group, to advise clients in this industry."
In 2021, White & Case added the following lateral partners in London:
- Funds and investment management partner Robert Nield from Sidley Austin.
- Private equity partners Ross Allardice and Tony Brown from Dechert.
- Capital markets partner Evgeny Scirtò Ostrovskiy from Kirkland & Ellis.
- Commercial litigation partner Lawson Caisley from Allen & Overy.
- Project development and finance partner George Kazakov from Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners.
- Real estate finance partner Justin Jowitt from Paul Hastings.
- Infrastructure finance partner Katie Hicks and infrastructure M&A partner Tim Sheddick from Shearman & Sterling.
- M&A partner Ferdinand Mason from Jones Day.
White & Case recently announced its largest ever class of partner promotions, with 59 lawyers promoted worldwide including eight in London and 17 in the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. The promotions are effective 1 January 2022.
White & Case is currently ranked #2 by value for Global M&A in 2021, according to Mergermarket.
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