White & Case has strengthened its London corporate M&A bench with the addition of a Slaughter and May associate.
Di Yu joins the firm as partner, a firm statement on Monday said. She leaves after over a decade at Slaughter and May, where she first joined as a trainee in May 2012, according to her Linkedin profile.
Yu’s expertise includes advising on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures, equity raisings and large-scale corporate reorganisations, among other matters, the statement added.
Yu is the firm’s eighth London M&A partner hire since the start of 2021 as it makes efforts to rebuild its London ranks following a flurry of exits. Recent departures include M&A partner Michael Mountain, who left the firm for U.S. rival Shearman & Sterling in July and financial regulatory partner Julia Smithers Excell in March, as well as a spate of exits towards the end of 2021.
Other recent hires for White & Case in London include M&A partner David Lewis in January and Winston & Strawn debt finance partner Monica Barton in June.
In the statement, John Reiss, White & Case’s head of global M&A said: “The addition of Di Yu in London supports this growth in a key jurisdiction and further strengthens our sector expertise and specialisms.”
Partner exits from Slaughter and May have been historically scarce, although the firm lost corporate partner Murray Cox to Weil Gotshal & Manges in 2021.
Slaughter and May had not provided comment at the time of publication.