Baker Botts has picked up four corporate partners from Vinson & Elkins. Three of the lawyers will be based in the firm’s New York office and one in its Washington DC location. 'These are exceptional lawyers, and their arrival bolsters our existing teams of New York and Washington based corporate lawyers in our private equity, capital markets and M&A practices,' said Andrew Baker, managing partner of Baker Botts. 'This is the second major addition to our corporate group in the past year. Last year, we added nine new corporate partners. Over the last 12 months, we have added 20 new lateral partners to the firm.'
The new additions in New York are corporate finance and M&A partners Mike Rosenwasser and Michael Swidler and securities and capital market partner Adorys Velazquez. Catherine Gallagher, who will be based in Washington DC, focuses on representing underwriters and issuers in corporate securities transactions, including initial public offerings, private placements, Rule 144A, registered secondary equity and debt offerings and continuous equity programs. Ms Gallagher has extensive experience with shipping companies, offshore drillers, master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs).