10:56, July 31 578 0

2017-07-31 10:56:11
Freshfields partner joins Bakers’ banking team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Geoff O’Dea has re-emerged at Baker McKenzie after leaving the magic circle firm several months ago.

O’Dea is joining Bakers’ finance banking practice in September, alongside Travers Smith senior counsel Matthew Smith who joins the firm as a partner.

Morrison & Foerster counsel Sue McLean has also joined Bakers’ technology group as a partner, where she is due to advise on issues involving fintech.

O’Dea became a partner at Freshfields in 2012 and is understood to have exited the magic circle firm earlier this year.

He advises sponsors, special situation funds, creditors and insolvency practitioners on issues involving schemes of arrangement and acquisition finance.

O’Dea is one of a number of partners from Freshfields’ finance practice to have left in the past few months, including partner Dougall Molson who joined Fieldfisher. Restructuring partner Sean Lacey is set to join Kirkland & Ellis, reuniting him with former finance colleagues Jonny Birks and Michael Steele.

New joiner Smith has been a senior counsel at Travers Smith since 2007, during which time he has also been seconded to Macquarie Bank.

McLean joins Bakers after an 11-year career at Morrison & Foerster, where she advised on privacy, social media and outsourcing issues.

The hires are the latest in a string of recruits to Bakers’ London office after the recruitment of a seven-strong team from King & Wood Mallesons in January. The group was led by the firm’s head of China group Will Holder and employment head Carl Richards.