DLA Piper seals hire of Orrick's former London chief Bartlam

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s former London head Martin Bartlam is set to join DLA Piper after tendering his resignation earlier this week.

Finance partner Bartlam, who is joining DLA’s structured finance team, headed up Orrick’s London office between February 2006 and February 2010, when he was succeeded by real estate partner Anne O’Neill.

Before joining Orrick in 2004 he was a partner and head of the finance department at Jones Day, while he has also worked in-house at Credit Lyonnais in London (now Credit Agricole) and Greenwich Natwest (now Royal Bank of Scotland).

The news comes at a time of upheaval for Orrick’s London office, which last year saw the exit of a two-partner City restructuring team to US rival Dewey & LeBoeuf, while banking and finance partner Elisabeth Gaunt also left the office this month to join Taylor Wessing.

However, the firm made a number of lateral hires towards the end of last year, including commercial litigation partners Simon Willis and Matthew Lawson from Mayer Brown, Norton Rose corporate partner Anthony Riley and an in-house duo from Liquid Capital Markets (LCM).

The LCM duo, legal head Sam Millar and legal counsel Tony Katz, were recruited to launch a London regulatory practice for the US firm.

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