12:15, April 04 237 0

2018-04-04 12:15:08
CMS funds head moves over to Charles Russell Speechlys

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang partner and head of funds group Melville Rodrigues is leaving the firm to join Charles Russell Speechlys in its real estate practice.

Rodrigues trained at Clifford Turner (before it merged with Coward Chance) and went on to hold  positions at niche property firm McGuinness Finch and Mayer Brown, where he became a partner in 2000.

He then joined CMS Cameron McKenna’s partnership in 2008, with a mandates to expand the firm’s capacity in pan-European funds work.

Rodrigues has a client base of real estate investors, and fund and asset managers, He advises on the launch and operation of funds investing in UK real estate and on a cross-border basis, and is a practitioner in formalising secondary trades for institutional investors. He also advises international investors on real estate transactions.

Rodrigues has been involved in representing industry bodies in relation to the Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority. His move comes a month after insurance partner Manoj Vaghela moved to Charles Russell Speechlys after a five-year career at Pinsent Masons.

There have been few exits from CMS’s London office since the firm’s merger with Olswang and Nabarro went live last May.

In that month, a number of departures came to light as partners sought to avoid the lock-in that was enforced ahead of the tie-up.

Partners Peter Crichton and Lindy Patterson QC exited the firm last May for instance to join McDermott Will & Emery and 39 Essex Chambers respectively.

Charles Russell Speechlys meanwhile – another product of a merger – has upped its lateral recruitment this year adding a number of new sports partners after its acquisition of Couchmans in January.

In its third financial year as a merged firm, the firm’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) rose 8 per cent to £426,000.

Revenue growth was slower at just 3 per cent, nudging up by just £4m to £144m.