The latest lateral moves and promotions from some of the biggest players on the legal market from the
23rd February until the 1st March 2018.


France – Paris

DLA Piper has announced the launch of its funds offering in Paris with the hire of Corporate partner Benjamin Aller. Benjamin has more than 20 years’ experience advising on private investment funds and related transactions. He acts on the formation of a wide range of vehicles including venture capital funds, buyout funds, mezzanine funds, hedge funds, private equity real estate funds, infrastructure funds and funds of funds. He has advised on several hundred fund of fund investments throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and routinely acts for buyers or sellers in secondary transactions involving fund investments.

The original press release can be found here on DLA Piper’s website.



UK – London

Mayer Brown announced that Neil Evans has been appointed as a partner in the firm’s private equity team in London. Neil represents private equity sponsors and corporates on public and private M&A, ECM, buyout transactions and equity investments across a broad range of sectors. Neil joins Mayer Brown from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Earlier in his career he worked at Clifford Chance, where he also trained. Neil’s arrival (5 March 2018) builds on the strategic expansion of the firm’s private equity offering in London.

The original press release can be found here on Mayer Brown’s website.



USA – Houston

White & Case LLP has added new partner Steven Otillar to its Oil & Gas Industry Group in Houston. Otillar’s practice is focused on advising clients on the acquisition, divestiture and development of US domestic and global energy projects. As a practical, business-oriented lawyer, he has advised clients on the full array of upstream investment structures for more than 20 years, helping clients mitigate risk in challenging environments and uncertain markets. Having an industry-focused practice and being licensed in Texas, and as an English-qualified solicitor, Otillar is able to provide a unique skill set to represent clients in the US and abroad, leveraging experience to develop creative solutions to help clients get deals done.

The original press release can be found here on White & Case LLP’s website.



USA – New York

Dentons announces the arrival of Gerald Bender as partner in its Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy practice. A veteran in the financial restructuring industry, Bender brings more than 30 years of experience in developing innovative and cost-effective solutions for clients looking to achieve maximum recovery and value from distressed situations.  He focuses on all aspects of bankruptcy and financial restructuring, including the representation of secured and unsecured creditors, unofficial and official creditors’ committees, and debtors in out-of-court restructuring and Chapter 11 reorganizations. 

The original press release can be found here on Dentons’ website.



USA – New York

White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Capital Markets Practice with the addition of Taisa Markus as a partner in the Firm’s New York office. “Taisa is well known in the Latin American capital markets community and has long-standing relationships with a broad range of banks and corporates in various countries, including in Peru and Argentina,” said Stuart Matty, Head of White & Case’s Global Capital Markets Practice. Markus, formerly a partner at Paul Hastings, handles securities offerings across jurisdictions, cross-border bank finance and M&A, and general securities law matters. She represents both financial institutions and issuers not only in the Latin American capital markets but the European capital markets as well.

The original press release can be found here on White & Case LLP’s website.