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News - 12 October 2012

New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is sending its global M&A head Richard Hall to London as it expands its corporate practice across Europe.

Mr. Hall will relocate in early next year, raising the partner headcount in the City to five. A Cravath Swaine & Moore spokesperson said the move does not indicate a change in strategy for their London office and the firm is not looking to practice UK law.

Lawyers in the firm’s London base practice US law exclusively, representing non-US corporate clients in a variety of capital markets transactions, SEC compliance matters, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.

It is currently led by corporate partner Philip Boeckman, who moved from New York to London in 2000, although a source said that as Hall will be the most senior lawyer in the office when he joins it is likely that he will take over the mantle as London head.

A standout transactional name, Hall’s clients include Time Warner and Royal Dutch Shell. He recently represented The Linde Group in connection with its $4.6bn acquisition of Lincare Holdings and acted on behalf of Time Warner in its $9.25bn separation from Time Warner Cable (TWC) in 2008.

It is not yet clear if Hall’s relocation is a sign that the firm will move more high-profile partners from Cravath’s New York office to London. The firm declined requests for comment.