Fried Frank continues to grow with Orrick’s London tax head Thornton

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has made its second major hire in a week, appointing Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London tax chief Nick Thornton.

The move marks a return to Fried Frank for Thornton, who was formerly a senior associate at the firm before quitting to join Orrick’s London base in 2010.

During his first stint in Fried Frank’s tax practice, Thornton advised clients including Aleris, Goldman Sachs, Highbridge, Rio Tinto and Virgin Media.

His hire comes just seven days after that of Kirkland & Ellis’ London head Graham White, who is set to become Fried Frank’s London managing partner and European private equity chief (13 October 2014).

Thornton’s appointment bring the firm’s headcount in London up to 16 partners, with White due to increase the tally to 17 in due course.

Fried Frank has also been bulking up its partnership in New York, where it has hired tax partner Christopher Roman from King & Spalding. Prior to joining King & Spalding in 2011, Roman spent seven years as a partner at Clifford Chance.

However, its New York office has also witnessed a number of departures in 2014, including its capital markets head Valerie Ford Jacob and two corporate partners Michael Levitt and Paul Tropp, who quit to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer last month (19 September 2014).

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