Paul Hastings acquires London personal fairness accomplice from US rival Morgan Lewis

Paul Hastings acquires London private equity partner from US rival Morgan Lewis

Paul Hastings hired private equity partner Tom Cartwright from rival US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius in London as law firms continue to seek top-tier private equity talent.

Cartwright has been a partner at Morgan Lewis since 2014. He was previously a partner at British firm Taylor Wessing.

“Tom is an incredibly talented lawyer,” Seth Zachary, chairman of Paul Hastings, said in a June 16 statement.

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Cartwright advises private equity sponsors, sovereign wealth funds and family offices on investments and M&A deals.

Paul Hastings’ private equity clients include Francisco Partners, Symphony Technology Group, HIG Capital, Abry Partners, Oakley Capital, Insight Partners, Providence Equity Partners and Astorg.

The company grew revenue by more than 20% to more than $1.5 billion and earnings per equity partner by more than 20% to $4.7 million in 2021.

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“With continued investments in strong areas such as M&A, private equity and finance, we are poised for continued growth,” said the firm’s London-based chairman Arun Birla.

As competition for talent continues, other law firms are hiring partners in London this month, including Linklaters, which brought on property finance partner Jessica Jenner from Ashurst, and Clifford Chance, which added leveraged finance partner Matt Dunn from Irish firm Arthur Cox .

Clifford Chance also saw the departure of longtime restructuring partner Adrian Cohen to the US law firm Proskauer Rose.

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