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11 January 2021

Orrick boosts corporate team with partner-level hires in San Francisco, New York and London

West Coast giant hails recruitment of 'rising star' talent as it seeks to grow its tech transactions practice

By John Malpas

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Orrick has hired three ‘rising star’ partners to its global corporate group across San Francisco, New York and London.

The trio – one of whom was a partner at their previous firm – hail from Kirkland & Ellis, Cravath Swaine & Moore and Cooley.

“We are growing to meet tech sector client demand globally – and we’re focused on doing it with rising star talent,” said Matthew Gemello, head of Orrick’s corporate practice.

Joining the firm from Kirkland’s San Francisco arm is private equity partner Leah Recht, who was a 2008 Summer associate at the Chicago-based firm, going on to rise through the ranks to become a partner in 2015.

She advises private equity clients and their portfolio companies on a range of transactional and strategic matters and was part of the Kirkland team that in December acted for Palo Alto private equity firm HGGC on its investment alongside Bain Capital in cloud-based construction project software provider Buildertrend.

The other two hires are both capital markets specialists. In London, Edward Dyson, a former Clifford Chance associate, is moving across from Cooley to be reunited with corporate partner Ed Lukins, who was one of the founding partners of Cooley’s London office and joined Orrick in 2019.

Dyson advises public and pre-IPO private companies, investors, entrepreneurs and underwriters on UK capital markets transactions, as well as on primary and secondary listings on Nasdaq and the NYSE.

Meanwhile, in New York Mark Mushkin is leaving Cravath after eleven years at the top Wall Street firm having risen through the ranks to become a senior attorney. He advises on US debt and equity offerings as well as M&A.

He was on the Cravath team that last February advised the initial purchasers of a $2.25bn Rule 144A high-yeild senior secured notes offering by real estate investment trust Uniti.

Orrick was ranked 17th in Mergermarket’s global 2020 tables by volume for global private equity exits, advising on 18 deals valued at $10.3bn.

Orrick made nine partner-level lateral hires in London last year, including that of technology transactions advisor Faraaz Samadi, who joined as a partner in September from Milbank, where he was an associate.

In April, specialist property firm Forsters acquired a three-partner London property team from Orrick, a move the San Francisco-based firm attributed to its strategy of focusing on the tech and innovation, energy and infrastructure and finance sectors.

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