Freshfields Names U.S. Managing Partner: Business of Law

New York litigator Adam Siegel was named Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s U.S. regional managing partner, succeeding Julian Pritchard for a four-year term beginning April 30.

“His vision for the firm’s business in the U.S., his deep market knowledge and his client and people skills make him an excellent choice,” Freshfields senior partner Will Lawes said in a statement. 

Siegel, who joined Freshfields in 2009, is co-head of the firm’s global investigations practice. He was previously an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

“Our clients, both here and abroad, are facing significant new opportunities and challenges in a fast-changing legal and regulatory landscape,” Siegel said in a statement.

Freshfields opened its first U.S. office in 1977. In the five years that Pritchard led the U.S. practice, it doubled in size, Lawes said. The firm has 171 lawyers in offices in New York and Washington.

News

BOE Appoints Lawyer Grabiner to Lead Internal Currency Probe

The Bank of England hired lawyer Anthony Grabiner, who headed an independent probe into phone hacking at News Corp., to lead an investigation into the central bank’s links to the currency-manipulation scandal.

Grabiner, a member of the U.K. Parliament’s upper House of Lords, is a veteran lawyer who has represented Liverpool Football Club and hedge fund GLG Partners Inc. He was named by New York-based News Corp. in 2011 to oversee a probe into its British newspapers after the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal led it to shut the News of the World tabloid.

The investigation will examine whether any BOE staff were involved in manipulation of foreign-exchange benchmarks or aware of any such action, the central bank’s Oversight Committee said in a statement yesterday. The review will cover the period July 2005 to December 2013.

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Deals

V&E Advises Energy XXI on $1.5 Billion EPL Oil & Gas Deal

Vinson & Elkins LLP advised Energy XXI (Bermuda) Ltd. (EXXI), which agreed to acquire EPL Oil & Gas Inc. for $1.5 billion to become the largest publicly traded independent producer on the Gulf of Mexico shelf. Sidley Austin LLP gave EPL legal advice.

The V&E team was led by partners Mark Kelly and Steve Gill with help from finance partner David Wicklund. Also assisting on the transaction were partners Gary Huffman, tax; David Stone and Sarah Morgan, capital markets; Shane Tucker, employee benefits; Billy Vigdor, antitrust; Larry Nettles, environmental; Tom Wilson, labor and employment; and Peter Mims, intellectual property.

Sidley’s lead lawyers on the deal included partners Mark Metts, Anna Ha and Timothy Devetski.

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Partner Moves

Crowell & Moring, Cooley, Eversheds: Lateral Moves Roundup

Crowell & Moring LLP announced that former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Baird D. Fogel joined the firm’s corporate and energy groups in San Francisco.

Also in California, corporate lawyer James Strawbridge joined Cooley LLP as a partner and member of the business and finance practice group in Palo Alto. He was previously at Worldview Technology Partners, a Bay Area technology venture-capital firm, where he has been a general partner and chief operating officer since 2001.

Leaving Cooley is Michael Marra, who joins Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC. He has more than 15 years of employment and labor law experience.

Also in New York, Patton Boggs LLP added to its public-finance and tax capabilities with the addition of Linda D’Onofrio in the New York office. D’Onofrio was previously at Day Pitney LLP.

Overseas, Eversheds LLP appointed pensions lawyer Steven Hull as a partner in its London headquarters. Hull joins the firm from Ashurst LLP, where he was a partner and head of the pensions department.

The Milan office of K&L Gates LLP added Arturo Meglio as a partner in the corporate/mergers and acquisitions practice. He joins the firm from Bird & Bird LLP.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Amon in New York at eamon2@bloomberg.net.

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