Greenberg partner rejoins KWM colleagues at DLA Piper

DLA Piper has lured Greenberg Traurig tax partner Clive Jones away from the US firm, in a move that reunites him with his former King & Wood Mallesons colleagues.

Jones opted to move to Greenberg Traurig at the end of 2016 as it became clear that KWM’s London arm was close to falling into administration.

He transferred to the US firm along with six partners, including corporate partners Michael Goldberg and David Fitzgerald. They were joined by private equity fund partners Steven Cowins and Marc Snell, as well as real estate transactional partner Matthew Priday.

By moving to DLA Piper, Jones will work closely alongside former KWM partner and real estate lawyer William Naunton. Both Naunton and Jones are previous alumni of Eversheds, where they acted prior to joining KWM in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Jones started his career at Clifford Chance in 1993, leaving in 2007 for Eversheds.

Following Jones’ departure, Greenberg has brought in Goodwin Procter tax partner Ben Eaton, who joins the firm next month.

He trained at Pinsent Masons and then moved to Allen & Overy, where he became a counsel. He joined Goodwin Procter as a partner in 2012.

Commenting on Clive Jones’ arrival, DLA Piper’s UK head of real estate William Naunton said: “Having worked with Clive for many years, his strong technical skills and creative approach to problem solving will deliver great value to the firm.

“He is highly regarded by clients for his powerful commercial insights and ability to provide commercial solutions. I am confident that his expertise and reputation in the market will not only play to the strengths of our current team but will also offer great opportunities to continue growing our market leading real estate offering.”

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