UK: Orrick's London Office Appoints New Partner to Build European Insolvency & Restructuring Capability
Last Updated: 27 June 2002

International law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has today announced the appointment of Adrian Harris as a partner in its London office to build a London-based European insolvency and corporate restructuring capability. Harris joins Orrick from the London office of US firm O'Melveny & Myers, where he was managing partner until earlier this year. He joined O'Melveny in 1999 from Richards Butler.

The appointment is part of Orrick's continuing strategy to develop a significant English law capability in London in its core practice areas. Harris will join the global Bankruptcy and Debt Recovery Group, which is part of the firm's Private Finance Group.

Harris will focus Orrick's international restructuring and corporate recovery practice on cross-border transactions for major UK and US financial institutions as well as the leading accountancy firms.

Harris commented, "Globalisation has created significant opportunities in the corporate recovery and restructuring market for firms with cross-border reach. Orrick's determination to build a globally resourced capability and their focused approach exactly matched my own strategic goals and the requirements of my clients."

Commenting on the appointment, Michael Bacon, Orrick's Partner-in-Charge of International Offices, said, "Adrian's breadth of experience, his determination to continue to grow a leading international practice, and his integrity and high standing in the market make him a fantastic fit with Orrick's core values and European business strategy. We are determined to continue to attract the best English and European lawyers, like Adrian, in each of our global practice areas."

For more information please contact:

Michael Bacon, Partner-in-charge of International Offices, London.

Paul Jaffa, Grandfield Public Relations.

Diane Iselin, Director of Communications, Orrick, New York.

Adrian Harris

Adrian Harris qualified in 1986 and joined Stallards. He joined Davies Arnold Cooper in 1990, becoming a partner in 1992 and moved to Richards Butler in 1997. In 1999 he joined the London office of US firm O'Melveny & Myers as head of the insolvency and restructuring practice and was appointed as managing partner in September 2000.

He advises insolvency practitioners and major corporates, banks and other financial institutions in the UK and US on insolvencies, workouts and restructurings in the UK and internationally. He is the author of numerous articles and presents workshops and seminars on insolvency and restructuring issues.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Orrick is one of the world's leading international finance and corporate law firms with more than 600 lawyers based in offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington D.C.

Orricks Private Finance Group is divided into three subgroups - Private quity, Commercial & Institutional Finance, Bankruptcy and Debt Restructuring - which often work side by side due to the multi-disciplinary nature of many finance transactions. The Group treats finance decisions with an innovative holistic approach recognising that financing needs are often dependent on the ebb and flow of the economy, whether clients are seeking to issue investments, make investments or restructure investments that lack liquidity.

The firm opened a London office in 1998 driven by its importance as a critical business and financial centre for clients. Orrick has built its team in London with talented lawyers qualified in the UK, US and Europe, who work in international cross-border teams with Orrick lawyers across the US and Far East.

The firm's world wide strategic practices are:

  • Global Energy, Communications & Infrastructure
  • Project & Structured Finance
  • Corporate
  • Commercial Litigation

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