Paul Hastings U.K. heavyweight corporate partner Roger Barron has left the firm after four years.
Barron joined the U.S.-headquartered firm in 2018 from Linklaters where he had spent his entire legal career and been a partner for more than 17 years.
He was handed a leadership role at Paul Hastings in 2020 as global vice chair of the U.S. firm’s M&A practice.
During his time at the firm he acted on several major mandates, including the £4 billion sale of U.K. defense and aerospace group Cobham to a subsidiary of U.S. private equity giant Advent International.
Barron confirmed the exit to Law.com International on Monday, adding that he intends to take on advisory and non executive roles as his next move.
A Paul Hastings spokesperson said: “We wish him the best for the future”.
Barron’s move to Paul Hastings heralded a refreshed era of talent at U.K. elite firms joining U.S. rivals, as U.S. firms firmed up their hold on the London legal market.
Kirkland & Ellis has been particularly prolific in recent years, adding major Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer rainmakers Adrian Maguire and David Higgins to bolster their London bases.
Meanwhile a series of Allen & Overy leveraged finance partners left for Cahill Gordon & Reindel in 2020, along with several other moves in recent years.