Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has fielded one more blow within the Metropolis after litigation associate Reza Mohtashami QC give up for litigation boutique Three Crowns.

Freshfields man and boy, Mohtashami joined the Magic Circle agency as an affiliate 19 years in the past and was made as much as associate in 2009. He labored in Paris, New York and Dubai earlier than transferring to London in 2014. He took silk in 2017.

Mohtashami rose to prominence in London as a part of the agency’s well-established worldwide arbitration apply after a profitable five-year stint in Dubai. He was notably concerned in rising markets circumstances, funding treaty arbitrations and within the power, infrastructure and telecoms industries.

Three former arbitration companions from Freshfields had been among the many well-regarded group which arrange Three Crowns in 2014 – Constantine Partasides, Georgios Petrochilos and Jan Paulsson – together with companions from Jones Day, Covington & Burling and Shearman & Sterling.

Three Crowns declined to remark.

One other high-profile departure for the Metropolis big noticed high-yield heavyweight Ward McKimm exit after three years to re-join his outdated agency, Shearman & Sterling in July. The transfer got here not seven months after buyout star David Higgins exited for Kirkland & Ellis, regardless of the Magic Circle agency overhauling its partnership mannequin in a bid to maintain its prime performers.

Freshfields additionally in June misplaced veteran company associate Martin Nelson-Jones, who had been on the agency since 1991, to DLA Piper in London.

Elsewhere within the Metropolis, Ashurst has employed associate Christopher Georgiou as co-head of its international Ashurst Advance crew alongside Mike Polson. Georgiou joins from Fieldfisher, the place he beforehand headed up the agency’s revolutionary different authorized options platform, Condor.

He had labored at Ashurst for 14 years earlier than Fieldfisher, constructing a securities and derivatives apply and co-leading the agency’s financial institution sector, in addition to establishing its different authorized providers functionality in Glasgow in 2013.