Sidley Austin has tapped six partners and a number of counsel and associates from Heller Ehrman. The new partners Sara Brody, Marie Fiala, Michael Rugen and Carol Lynn Thompson will be located in the firm's San Francisco office. Stan Berman joins the firm as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, and Yang Ing Loong joins as a partner in Hong Kong, residing in Singapore. Brody, Rugen and Thompson focus their practice on securities litigation, including class actions and derivative litigation. They also represent companies and individuals in matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and various securities self-regulatory organizations, as well as in internal investigations. Brody was the chair of Heller Ehrman's securities litigation practice group. Rugen has also served as co-chair of Heller's securities litigation practice group, while Thompson co-chaired Heller's San Francisco litigation department.

Grant Thornton U.K. appointed Alistair Drage as associate director within its leasing and asset finance team, headed by Tarun Mistry. Drage has 17 years of structured finance experience, having worked on an array of big-ticket leasing arrangements, and has advised on and arranged finance for contracts in excess of $5 billion for a diverse range of assets including offshore energy, shipping, renewable energy, aerospace and rolling stock. He was previously a partner with a boutique advisory firm. Recent additions to the team include Bernie McAlister and Jeevan Sandhu, who have extensive experience in both small- and medium-ticket markets, specializing in the vehicle finance sector.

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