LONDON (14 January 2008) — The international law firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced that Hugh Nineham will join the London office as a partner and Head of European and London Corporate. He joins the Firm from Lovells where he was most recently Head of the corporate finance practice, having previously spent two years in New York and five years in the Hong Kong office leading the firm's Hong Kong corporate practice.
He focuses his practice in mergers, acquisitions and securities transactions frequently with a significant cross-border component, and he is generally regarded as one of the leading corporate finance lawyers in London. He has acted on numerous high profile transactions, including most recently, Temasek's £1 billion investment in Barclays and advising ITV on the proposed acquisition by NTL.
Commenting on his appointment, McDermott's Global Chairman, Harvey Freishtat, said: "Hugh is an excellent lawyer with a market leading reputation. His appointment is a significant step in implementing our strategy of building a top-tier cross-border transaction practice based on the integrated teamwork of the London office and the Firm globally. It is part of our continued commitment to invest in our successful London and European businesses."
London office head, David Dalgarno, added: "Hugh's considerable experience in managing international client relationships and major corporate transactions, will provide the ideal platform for us to grow our M&A and private equity practices across Europe and the Far East in conjunction with our European office network and the Shanghai-based MWE China Law Offices."
Hugh Nineham added: "I am delighted to be joining McDermott in London. The breadth and scale of their international corporate work and obviously, their significant U.S. client base, fits ideally with my core skills and experience. I expect to be able to make a major contribution in building the practice in the areas of high value international transaction management as well as client relationships working with the Firm's UK, U.S., European and Asian clients."
McDermott's New York based Co-head of International Corporate, Tim Alvino, noted: "Hugh will help us build on our growing merger and acquisition and private equity success in the United States, as reflected in the recently published 2007 Mergermarket deal tables."
McDermott's London office finished 2007 with double digit revenue growth results in the best financial year since its foundation in 1998. The London office was involved in a number of high profile, precedent-setting transactions, including the Schefenacker reorganization, acting for Lloyds TSB in the €6 billion synthetic SME securitization and representing the sponsor in relation to a €1.2 billion Greek motorway project financing.