Private equity practice leader from Jenner & Block Mark Harris has joined Winston & Strawn, along with six other partners. The group brings significant experience in the areas of private equity, M&A, fund formation, investment fund management, and tax. The team’s transactional lawyers add significant depth to Winston’s leading national middle-market private equity and M&A practices.
“This group’s client base and practice is a natural fit for our platform and deepens our M&A, fund formation, and tax capabilities,” said Dominick DeChiara, Winston & Strawn’s transactions department chairman.
Terrence Truax, Jenner & Block’s managing partner, states that this change was “not unexpected” and the firm wishes the lawyers well.
Mark Harris said in an interview that he made the decision to leave because “more than anything, Winston had a very compelling story about how our practice could grow in a way that it would be difficult to grow at Jenner.”He said Winston & Strawn was a better match for his team’s practice working with mainly middle-market, privately-traded entities.
Along with Harris, the other six partners exiting Jenner & Block for Winston & Strawn’s corporate and tax practice are: Alan Roth, Olga Loy, Jason Osborn, Christopher Douglass, Kate Price and Kyle Gann.
“The addition of these partners to our transactions department directly aligns with our strategic goal of building out premiere practices with market leading capabilities,” says Winston Chair Tom Fitzgerald. “Adding such a highly credentialed and talented group exemplifies the caliber of individuals and practices Winston strives to attract. We are excited to welcome them to the firm.”