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King & Spalding bets on workforce team with six new partners

  • Firm has expanded new international human capital and compliance observe to just about 50 attorneys in a couple of 12 months
  • Hires from Seyfarth, Barnes & Thornburg and Simpson Thacher mark newest additions in Chicago and New York

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(Reuters) – King & Spalding stated Tuesday that it has introduced on six partners from three rival corporations to develop its year-old international human capital and compliance observe.

The new partners embody Tom Ahlering, Anne Dana, Gina Merrill, and Jesse Pauker from Seyfarth Shaw; Pete Wozniak from Barnes & Thornburg; and Jenny Neilsson, who will be a part of later this month from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Ahlering, who most not too long ago co-chaired Seyfarth Shaw’s biometric compliance group, is becoming a member of King & Spalding in Chicago alongside with Wozniak and Neilsson. Dana, Merrill and Pauker might be primarily based within the agency’s New York workplace.

The attorneys are the most recent additions to the agency’s international human capital and compliance observe because it was launched final 12 months with a trio of partners from Seyfarth Shaw. Including the new hires, King & Spalding now has about 35 partners within the observe, bringing its whole headcount to just about 50 attorneys.

Darren Gardner, who heads the observe in San Francisco, stated the final 5 years have introduced “an evolution” in office administration points and priorities.

Partly pushed by advances in know-how, he stated office challenges have expanded past conventional labor and employment issues, with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the adjustments and driving extra want for compliance recommendation.

Merrill, who was at Seyfarth for the previous eight years, stated she was drawn to King & Spalding’s full-service capabilities.

“I was attracted to the entrepreneurial nature of both the (global human capital and compliance) group and the firm,” she stated.

Representatives from Seyfarth and Simpson Thacher did not instantly reply to requests for remark on the attorneys’ departures. A Barnes & Thornburg consultant stated the agency wished Wozniak properly.

The hires come within the midst of a broader recruiting spree for King & Spalding. The Atlanta-founded agency this month additionally introduced on former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan associate Lazar Raynal in Chicago and former worldwide arbitration associate Erica Franzetti from Dechert in Washington, D.C., to reinforce its trial and international disputes capabilities.

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Xiumei Dong

Xiumei Dong covers authorized trade news, with a spotlight on regulation agency technique and development, in-house counsel and the Washington, D.C., authorized market. Reach her at Xiumei.Dong@thomsonreuters.com.

The company logo of the law firm King & Spalding is seen in their legal offices in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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