Bingham takes Herbert Smith Freehills funds partner in London

Bingham McCutchen has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) global funds partner Thiha Tun, in a rare lateral appointment for the US firm’s City base.

Tun, who will join Bingham in September, advises investment funds and investment management clients on private equity, real estate, infrastructure and hedge fund matters.

He will work closely with fellow funds partner John Holton, who relocated to London from Boston in 2011.

“Thiha’s arrival will strengthen our global funds practice and enhance our ability to provide clients with a full range of investment management capabilities across continents,” said investment management practice group head Roger Joseph.

“Thiha has built a strong practice that will augment our growing international funds and financial regulatory capabilities.”

The move comes hot on the heels of the appointment of a seven-lawyer funds team from White & Case in Tokyo, including partners Christopher Wells and Tomoko Fuminaga.

“Thiha’s arrival will bolster our capabilities to offer the combined US and UK funds and regulatory advice that many European fund managers require,” added London office managing partner James Roome.

Tun commented that Bingham’s practice strengths in the UK, US and Asia would enable him “to better serve clients”.

A number of high-profile HSF partners have been hired by US law firms in the City in the last year, including litigation star Ted Greeno, who is joining Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and corporate fraud partner Simon Bushell, who has left the firm for Latham & Watkins.

Senior litigation partner Kevin Lloyd and corporate partner Will Pearce also left for Debevoise & Plimpton and Davis Polk & Wardwell respectively, while former HSF finance head Jason Fox is joining Bracewell & Giuliani’s London office as local senior partner.