International law firm Reed Smith has hired a 50-strong team from King & Wood Mallesons Europe following the latter’s collapse into administration last week.

The team includes 17 partners, 22 associates, seven trainees and support staff and will be based across Reed Smith’s London, Frankfurt, Munich and Paris offices.

The teams, which start today, focus on corporate, M&A, private equity, financial services regulation, litigation, competition and tax.

The London-based team will include partners David Calligan, Tim Dolan, Tamasin Little, Adrian Brown, Delphine Currie, Mark Sanders, Laura Brunnen and Gareth Amdor as well as senior counsel Martin Bowen.

They will be joined by 10 associates, three trainees, two knowledge management lawyers and two secretaries.

Tamara Box, managing partner for Europe and the Middle East, said: ‘We at Reed Smith seized the opportunity to expand our capabilities through top-quality talent in industry sectors, practices and offices that are strategically important for our business.’

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Tamara Box

Meanwhile, its been reported that only a handful of the 60 trainees based at KWM’s London office have failed to secure a contract at another firm.

Goodwin Proctor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer and Allen & Overy are among the other firms to have offered trainees a position while Hogan Lovells and Slaughter and May are also considering applications.