By Pamela Barbaglia
LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – U.S. law firm White & Case has poached mergers and acquisitions veteran lawyer Ferdinand Mason from Jones Day to strengthen its corporate finance practice across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as it braces for a post-pandemic deal frenzy, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
London-based Mason, who has been a partner at Jones Day since 2012, will join White & Case in Britain later this week, the source said.
Representatives at White & Case and Jones Day were not immediately available for comment.
The 53-year old Briton is a fluent Dutch speaker having started his career in the Netherlands where he advised clients including Dutch stock exchange Euronext N.V.
Mason, who is registered in Britain as a European lawyer, worked with international clients including Japan’s Tokyo Electron, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Luxembourg-based investment firm LetterOne on major deals.
In his new role he will oversee complex transactions across Europe and the United States with a strong focus on blank-check firms – popularly known as SPACs – which emerged as popular investment vehicles during the coronavirus pandemic and a driver of M&A activity this year.
Amsterdam, which has recently overtaken London to become Europe’s top corporate listing venue so far this year, has become a popular SPAC hub, and Mason’s expertise will be key to winning more business in the region.
Mason’s appointment comes as White & Case London corporate co-head Patrick Sarch recently quit the firm to join rival Hogan Lovells as co-head of UK M&A.
White & Case ranked as the 12th biggest legal adviser for worldwide M&A in 2020, according to Refinitiv data.
(Reporting By Pamela Barbaglia; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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