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Dewey & LeBoeuf makes double hire to London PE practice

Mark Davis (pictured) and Russell Van Praagh have both agreed to join Dewey & LeBoeuf in London as partners in the firm’s Private Equity Practice Group.  Davis and Van Praagh both join the firm from Taylor Wessing, where Davis was head of the Private Equity Group.

London M&A Practice Head Stephen Horvath says: "We are really pleased to welcome Mark and Russell to the firm. Their arrival will help to consolidate our existing private equity capabilities in London and across our European and Middle Eastern network and fortify our relationships with our funds clients.  With private equity activity very much on the ascendant again, we look forward to harnessing their experience and working together with them to further develop our private equity practice." 
Davis has extensive experience advising on cross-border private equity and other M&A transactions, with particular expertise in major leveraged buy-outs and a close working knowledge of the private equity market in the Middle East. Davis frequently works closely with private equity funds and private equity-owned companies to advise them on their corporate strategy.
Van Praagh advises on private equity and investment fund acquisitions and exits, with broad experience of deals in a range of industries, including the automotive, retail and energy sectors.  Van Praagh has advised on transactions across the UK, Europe and the US.
"Russell and I are both very excited by the opportunities that Dewey & LeBoeuf’s international office network and top quality client base offer," says Davis. "Alongside these new prospects, there are a number of similarities between the firm’s international presence and strategy and our own experience, which makes us certain that we will immediately feel a part of the global team."

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