US outfit Cravath set to offer English legal services for first time

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Reportedly recruits lawyers from Shearman

US law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore is set to offer English law services in London for the first time.

The New York headquartered outfit has maintained a London presence since 1973 but has shied away from recuriting English law qualified lawyers. Its three partners this side of the pond are admitted in New York only.

But that looks set to change, with the website Legal Week (£) reporting that the firm has secured the services of London-based finance duo Korey Fevzi and Philip Stopford from fellow US outfit Shearman & Sterling.

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Fevzi has been with Shearman for over 12 years and specialises in leveraged finance, acquisition finance, restructuring transactions and subordinated financing, according his firm profile. His colleague Stopford has been with the firm even longer, having started his training contract with the firm some 15 years ago.

Until now, the London office has housed a relatively modest operation of US-qualified lawyers, with three partners, 28 associates and five counsel listed on their website. It doesn’t currently offer UK training contracts.

Cravath and Shearman have been approached for comment.

The new hires come amid rumours that Shearman is in discussions with Hogan Lovells over a potential tie-up, in a move that would create a new US super-firm with a combined annual revenue of around £3 billion.

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I thought Slaughter and May and Cravath directed clients towards each other in the US/UK – is this the end of their relationship?


No. There is no overlap between the type of work these partners do and the work Slaughter and May do.


Slaughter and May will probably be dismayed if its relationship is slaughtered.


No. Slaughters are non- existent in PE and levfin. The shearman levfin partners that have gone to cravath get most of their work from Simpson Thacher so that will have great synergies with cravath’s bond team which is way more successful in Europe than Cahill’s was until their A&O raid in 2020.

Keen observer

Can’t imagine Cravath being successful in London without a serious designated leveraged finance practice. It’ll be the next Bingham/Shearman when the partner guarantees run out.

old codger partner

sure. thx 4 d input son. bak 2 billing


Here comes the ‘Kirkland’ trainees with their usual comments – no doubt they’ll tell us that their cleaners get paid more than Cravath partners

Kirkland 2PQE

Yes Duncan. When are you applying to be my cleaner?


Shearman have never succeeded in the City because the quality of partners is atrocious and it’s consistently failed to attract heavy hitters other than Sanjeev in 2021. My firm have taken a few escapees from Shearman and crikey I never thought the standard can be this low.


I don’t even know what any of this shit means


Paul Hastings has increased lawyer pay! Heard it here first


And their retention rate is..?


PH is a hidden gem. Will be the next K&E in the next few years.


Great sense of humour.

Future trainee


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