Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has expanded its London office with the hire of partner Peter Sugden from RPC.
Sugden has spent the last six years at RPC, three of which were as partner, according to his LinkedIn.
He joins the firm’s venture capital team and will focus on advising companies and investors in the tech sector in M&A, venture capital, private equity and cross border transactions, a firm statement on Wednesday said.
Sugden has particular expertise in advising tech companies on addressing ESG issues.
The hire follows recent losses to the firm’s London base, including an energy partner trio who left for Osborne Clarke in March and structured transactions partner Richard Hanson who left for U.S. rival Morgan Lewis & Bockius in April.
According to the statement, Sugden is the 27th lateral hire to Orrick’s global tech offering since 2021. It is the third tech-focused hire for Orrick in London so far this year, including the arrival of Kelly Hagedorn in April from U.S. firm Jenner & Block.
The London lateral hiring market remains active. In April, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer made a rare private equity partner addition from Dickson Minto, while Ropes & Gray bolstered its London office by welcoming a trio of partners from Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.
RPC managing partner James Miller said: “Peter leaves with our best wishes for the future.”