17:41, November 25 304 0

2016-11-25 17:41:18
KWM funds quartet set to join Halford at Goodwin Procter

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) funds head Michael Halford is set to take four partners from his team to Goodwin Procter, it has emerged.

Halford’s departure was confirmed earlier this week, with Goodwin Procter admitting it was also in talks with a number of other partners at the firm.

The four partners understood to be moving over with Halford are Shawn D’Aguiar, Patrick Deasey, Ed Hall and Ajay Pathak. All are legacy SJ Berwin.

Halford was one of the four KWM heavy-hitters to resign last month, prompting the firm to halt its planned capital call.

Earlier this week, KWM revealed its second rescue deal, which involved a bail-out from the Chinese verein, had failed.

KWM’s capital call was the brain child of Halford, who had been a member of KWM and legacy SJ Berwin since 1995.

KWM filed a High Court claim this year against its former partner Richard Lever who joined Goodwin Procter in 2015.

The Lawyer understands the case relates to the US firm and Lever hiring a number of KWM lawyers in the UK and France. Goodwin Procter hired a six-partner private equity team from KWM’s Paris office in April.

Goodwin Proxter has been contacted for comment. KWM declined to comment.