Jones Day private equity star exits for White & Case

Jones Day private equity heavyweight partner Mike Weir has joined White & Case in London.

Weir, who was at Jones Day for over four years, will join his new firm today. Prior to Jones Day, he worked at Berwin Leighton Paisner for almost four years, making partner in 2012. He also worked at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher from 2005 to 2010 as an associate and was at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for three years before that.

White & Case said that Weir will be “instrumental” in helping to build out other key investor segments, including alternative capital providers, family offices and real estate.

His practice focuses on advising technology and real estate private equity bodies, such as state-owned investment funds that invest in stocks and bonds, large institutional real estate funds and buyout funds that purchase companies.

This is the first hire since the exits of private equity co-head Richard Youle and partner Katja Butler, who joined Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Weir’s hire plays into the firm’s 2020 strategy, which White & Case executive committee member Oliver Brettle says includes reinforcing the firm’s private equity industry group and global M&A practice with “leading teams in strategic regions, particularly the UK”.

New hires in line with the firm’s 2020 strategy include Ropes & Gray finance partner Chris McGarry, while Linklaters senior associate Daniel Turgel also joined at the start of the year to take advantage of the Israeli corporate market. Other new joiners in 2018 include Ashurst corporate partner Dominic Ross and Weil Gotshal & Manges litigation partner Hannah Field-Lowes.

White & Case’s financial results, released last month, show a 13 per cent jump in revenue over 2017 to $328m (£236.8m) in line with double digit growth globally.

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