Former Linklaters financial regulatory partner joins BLP after Latham move falls through

Former Linklaters financial regulatory partner Daniel Csefalvay has joined Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) after a previously announced move to Latham & Watkins failed to materialise.

Csefalvay left Linklaters this February to join Latham’s London office, a move which was announced by the US firm in March.

At the time, Latham London head Jay Sadanandan described the hire as a “major milestone” for the development of the firm’s City financial regulatory practice.

Both Linklaters and Latham declined to comment on why this move subsequently fell through, and Csefalvay started work at BLP’s London office this Monday (9 October).

He spent nearly a decade at Linklaters, making partner in 2015. Prior to joining the magic circle firm in 2008, he worked in the financial services enforcement division of the Australian Securities & Investment Commission and at Australian firm Middletons, which has since merged with K&L Gates.

The hire of Csefalvay comes after BLP strengthened its disputes practice last month with the addition of three partners across London and Singapore.

The firm brought in former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Asia disputes head Richard Chalk and Vinson & Elkins arbitration partner George Burn in London, as well as Herbert Smith Freehills Thailand disputes head Gavin Margetson.

Earlier this year the firm completed a review of its global litigation and corporate risk practice, and is aiming to beef up its City litigation capabilities in areas such as energy and natural resources, corporate crime, commercial litigation and employment disputes.

BLP’s financial regulation group is led by Nathan Willmott, who is also the firm’s managing partner for litigation and corporate risk.