Murphy joins Gibson Dunn
Mary Murphy has been appointed a partner by Gibson Dunn in its San Francisco office. Previously with Farella Braun + Martel, she will now focus her practice in the areas of land use, real estate, and environmental law. Murphy has many magnificent projects to her credit and was included in the list of "100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business" by the San Francisco Business Times for each of the last five years. A Harvard law graduate, she specializes in historic preservation and was appointed by two Presidents to serve two terms on the Presidio Trust Board.
Berger to join Debevoise & Plimpton
Paul A. Berger, Associate Director of SEC Division of Enforcement, is joining Debevoise & Plimpton as a litigation partner at its Washington, DC, office. Berger will focus on securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense matters. As principal advisor to the Director of Enforcement, he has played a leading role in the Commission's recent focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement program and managed cases relating to financial fraud, foreign payments, executive compensation, auditor independence, Regulation FD, broker-dealer matters, and insider trading.
Orrick launches corporate practice in Rome
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has launched a corporate practice in Rome by absorbing local corporate boutique Tantalo & Associati. Tantalo & Associati's managing partner, Pietro Maria Tantalo, will head the new corporate group. Orrick opened its first Italian office in Milan in April 2003. The addition of one partner and five associates in Rome brings its Italy headcount to approximately 40 lawyers, which includes 11 partners.
White & Case welcomes securities partner
Gary Kashar has been appointed a partner at White & Case's securities practice group based in New York. He joins from the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, where he was designated the co-head of the corporate finance practice. With a particular emphasis in high-yield debt and equity offerings, Kashar brings with him rich experience in private and public securities offerings, tender offers, and consent solicitations along with various other financing transactions. White & Case's securities and capital markets practice now has more than 145 lawyers practicing in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt.
McGuireWoods' Charlotte partner joins Poyner & Spruill
Paul G. Porter, previously a partner in Charlotte with McGuireWoods, has been appointed the partner at one of North Carolina's oldest law firms, Poyner & Spruill, LLP. With rich experience in corporate transaction matters, Porter will focus his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, entity governance, business law, and supply-chain management. One of the largest firms in North Carolina, Poyner & Spruill has more than 100 attorneys, with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Southern Pines.
Kirkland & Ellis journeys to Hong Kong
Kirkland & Ellis has decided to venture into the Asian market through a new office in Hong Kong. London-based private equity partner David Eich will relocate to Hong Kong to head the office along with two associates. Kirkland has two offices outside of the U.S., one in London and one in Munich. The London office recently went through a hiring spree with the acquisition of partners from Linklaters and Allen & Overy.
Dechert recruits lateral partners
Dechert, LLP, welcomes Sean H. Porter, Graham Defries, and Wayne Rapozo. Porter, who joined the firm from King & Spalding, LLP, will work in its finance and real estate practice. Defries and Rapozo, who joined from Weil Gotshal & Manges, will work in the firm's corporate and securities practice. Dechert was named one of the top litigation firms by The National Law Journal. The firm recently secured the first legal victory for Merck & Co. in regard to its Vioxx litigation. In addition, Dechert represented Philip Morris and the tobacco industry before the Florida Supreme Court in the case that resulted in the overturning of a $145-billion punitive damages verdict.