23 February 2015
Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is pleased to welcome highly regarded corporate law partners Martin Thomas and Dearbhla Quigley to the firm’s London office. The addition of the England and Wales qualified lawyers provides further strength and depth to the firm’s comprehensive international corporate capability and underscores the firm’s ambitions to add further depth to its services offering alongside its traditional sector strengths. They, along with senior associate Danny Heathwood, join WFW from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.
Both new partners bring stellar reputations to WFW, being ranked by both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and previously named to The Lawyer’s “UK Hot 100 Lawyers” list. Both maintain a broad corporate practice, advising on IPOs and secondary offerings, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. They advise clients operating in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, renewable energy, natural resources and mining, climate change, financial services and early stage technology.
WFW London Head of Corporate, partner Jan Mellmann said: “Martin and Dearbhla are a perfect fit for WFW and their joining the firm provides a great opportunity for them to grow their practices and further enhances the firm’s broad transactional capabilities across many of our key sectors.”
WFW Managing Partner Chris Lowe, added: “The addition of Martin and Dearbhla really highlights WFW’s ability to attract top quality talent. We are investing, and will continue to invest, in top quality lateral hires whose practices and entrepreneurial ambitions will thrive in our environment.”
Martin Thomas said: “This is an exciting move for both my clients and I. WFW’s focussed but full service platform will allow us to maximise our client relationships by leveraging the expertise of WFW’s lawyers in the Corporate practice, and also those in related services such as real estate, tax, employment, banking and financial services and disputes.”
Dearbhla Quigley commented: “WFW is a recognised market leader in many of my specialist sectors and I have worked with them on a number of transactions. The firm’s ability and ambition to grow its transactional practice and the opportunities that should provide is what really excites me about this new chapter in my career.”