Legal Special: People moves

Two founders of the leveraged finance practice at Paul Hastings have left the firm. Rich Farley and Mike Michetti both joined the company's New York office in 2011 from Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Farley has gone to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel as corporate partner. His practice focuses on representing global commercial and investment banks and alternative investment funds in leveraged buyout financings and refinancings. It is unknown if Michetti has joined another firm.   

Jones Day added Daniel Michaels in the firm's private equity practice as a partner in the Washington office. Formerly a partner at Kirkland & Ellis for nine years, Michaels represents buyout funds and strategic buyers and sellers in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalisations.

Sidley Austin has appointed six Kirkland & Ellis partners – Erik Dahl, Christian Iwasko, Sava Savov, Fatema Orjela, Oliver Currall and Bryan Robson – to its private equity and corporate practice. They join the firm's existing 120-lawyer London team from Kirkland's London office. 

DLA Piper appointed James Meade as private equity partner in its New York office. Meade joins the firm from Proskauer Rose, where he worked for nearly 25 years on M&A, international transactions and real estate finance. He focuses his private equity practice on fundraising, investments and portfolio management.

K&L Gates appointed Nick Humphrey, Hal Lloyd and Daniel Atkin as corporate and transactional partners from Sparke Helmore Lawyers. All three will work in the firm's Sydney office. Humphrey joins the firm after four years at Sparke Helmore, where he advised on a range of domestic and international M&A and private equity transactions. Lloyd focuses on complex corporate transactions including M&A, buyouts, capital raising and distressed or restructuring transactions. Atkin has a particular focus on technology-driven transactions. His clients include a mix of domestic and international large corporates, private equity, venture capital and corporate venture funds.

As it continues to expand its presence in South Africa, Chicago-headquartered Baker & McKenzie has hired private equity lawyer Scott Nelson from South African law firm ENSafrica. Nelson worked as head of ENSafrica's practice group for seven years. His practice focuses on cross-border and corporate transactions for international private equity funds that target African investments.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison added Betty Yap and Judie Ng Shortell as corporate partners in its Hong Kong and Beijing offices, respectively. Both Yap and Shortell join the firm from Linklaters and will focus on cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Yap worked at Linklaters for 12 years and focused on China-related corporate transactions for international private equity funds. Shortell started at Linklaters as a trainee solicitor in 2003 and most recently worked as a private equity partner, advising firms such as Hony Capital on acquisitions. Corporate partner Jeanette Chan was also appointed managing partner of the firm's China practice.

Michael Gilligan joined Schulte Roth & Zabel (SRZ) as a New York-based partner in the law firm's M&A and Securities practice. Gilligan previously worked as a partner at Hogan Lovells for nearly three years. Prior to this he spent eight years as partner at Allen & Overy. He focuses his practice on public and private transactions.