Law firm Dechert has hired Holland West as partner in its financial services practice group in New York. Until 2005 West was the head of global hedge fund, private equity, derivatives, and structured finance practices at joins from Shearman & Sterling.
Since 2007 he has also acted as of counsel to Shearman &
Sterling on a part time basis. He was also previously a partner
at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and an assistant general
counsel at Goldman Sachs.
The law firm also added James Waddington as a partner to its
London office. Formerly at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe,
Waddington’s practice includes derivatives and
credit default swaps.
Separately, Dechert has opened an office in Dublin, led by
Declan O’Sullivan. He specialises in investment
funds, investment management and prime broking. He is a former
chairperson of the Alternative Investments Committee of the
Irish Funds Industry Association.
He has practiced law in Paris, London and New York since 1985
and worked as an investment banker at Bankers Trust.