White & Case has hired tax partner Michael Wistow from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to co-head the US firm’s Europe and Middle East tax practice.
Wistow is currently head of BLP’s tax department, where he provides tax advice across corporate, finance and real estate transactions such as acquisitions, securitisations, and restructurings.
He joined BLP as head of tax in 2007 from Clifford Chance, where he had been a partner since 2000.
At BLP he was also a member of the board and executive committee. The UK firm has appointed Elizabeth Bradley as the new managing partner of its tax practice. Bradley trained at the firm and was made up to partner in 2008.
White & Case global head of tax Kim Boylan said: “Michael is a leading tax lawyer and his arrival is of clear strategic importance as we look to continue expanding our role advising clients on all aspects of corporate taxation, from both a transactional and a tax advisory and restructuring perspective.”
London executive partner Oliver Brettle added: “We believe a larger tax team is appropriate and necessary here in London. The team will continue to focus on both high value, tax advice-driven mandates and supporting our transactional practices. Our tax lawyers will play a particularly strategic role in the ongoing development of our real estate, private equity, finance and infrastructure industry practices. I imagine Michael will be working especially closely with our real estate team.”
White & Case has made several hires to its London office recently.
It hired London head of disputes Mark Clarke and equity capital markets partner Jonathan Parry from Ashurst in May and April respectively.
In June, the firm boosted its banking practice with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London banking partner Jeffrey Rubinoff.