MJ Hudson Law has announced that Eamon Devlin, managing partner, has moved to the firm’s Zurich office.

The move is designed to further support the important client relationships that MJ Hudson has built with key fund managers and investors in Switzerland, as well as provide the impetus for future growth in the firm’s practice in Switzerland and Continental Europe.

During his eight years as managing partner in the London office, Eamon has established a highly successful institutional practice, with more than one-third of the law firm’s billings driven by work for Swiss clients.

Eamon joins Per Troen as the second Switzerland-based partner in the firm.

Commenting on his move Eamon said:

’My move allows us to provide even more direct support to our substantial Swiss client-base. At the same time, there is clearly scope to grow our business further in this marketplace – it makes perfect sense to put more boots on the ground and I relish the challenge of building out this key component of MJ Hudson’s business.’

Ted Craig, partner and head of MJ Hudson’s Private Funds practice, has been promoted to managing partner.

Ted joined MJ Hudson from SJ Berwin, in 2013, having previously worked as in-house counsel to Capital Dynamics. Joining MJ Hudson as associate, he was quickly promoted to partner and subsequently named Head of Private Funds Based in the firm’s London office, Ted is one of the leading names in the secondary investment funds industry. He was listed in Private Fund Management’s ’30 under 40’, which identifies the most influential young lawyers in the private funds market.

Commenting on his appointment, Ted said:

’Thanks in no small part to the incredible job that Eamon has done building the infrastructure of the firm, I am assuming the role of managing partner at a time when the business has never been more robust. He has built a great team and I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead it.’

MJ Hudson has also made up two new partners in the London and Guernsey office, respectively:

Andrew Pannell joined the firm’s London office eighteen months ago and quickly became a pivotal member of the firm’s venture capital team. Formerly client-side at Mayer Brown JSM in Asia, Andrew has extensive experience advising venture capital, private equity and corporate clients on venture deals.

Rabie Abas is also promoted to partner. Rabie joined the Guernsey office two years ago and has benefited from significant in-house experience in asset management, including at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Rabie specialises in investment funds with an international focus and has a particularly strong grasp of client-side issues.

Commenting on these developments in the business Matthew Hudson, senior partner, said:

’In this new era of asset management, clients need advisers and service providers that understand the market from all perspectives and are not so stuck in the past that they cannot see what is on the horizon. Bringing new blood into the Partnership helps keep our thinking fresh and our advice relevant, particularly when new Partners have a track-record of client-side work, within asset management firms, as Ted, Andrew and Rabie all do.

’Investing heavily in our offices outside of London demonstrates that we are committed to providing the best possible service to our clients, above all else. Increasing the number of Partners in Zurich, London and Guernsey is an important statement for the firm and, coupled with our recent acquisition of US and UK-based Amaces, our ability to grow the firm both organically and through targeted acquisitions and partnerships is evident.

’Finally, I have to thank Eamon for the tremendous job he has done as Managing Partner in London, growing the business from a micro-boutique above a cashmere shop on Regent’s Street to a firm of 150 individuals, working with the market’s leading fund managers and investors. Our Zurich office will benefit immensely from his contagious energy and enthusiasm. Ted has a tough act to follow, but if anyone can do it, he can.’