Ashurst Recruits Former Skadden PE Co-Head Lascelles

Aug 27 2015 | 3:14pm ET

U.K. law firm Ashurst has recruited former Skadden Arps global private equity co-head Shaun Lascelles to help expand the fortunes of the company’s PE practice.

Lascelles is widely considered a key figure in the global private equity business, specializing in cross-border M&A. He has advised a broad range of private equity firms, hedge funds, state-owned investment funds and other institutional investors, including Blackrock’s acquisition of the ETF division of Credit Suisse.  

Lascelles has been with Skadden Arps for 13 years, and was previously with Ashurst for three years as an associate earlier in his career.  He has been appointed partner and will be based in the firm’s London City office, working with private equity team members David Carter, Bruce Hanton, and Nick Rainsford, as well as investment fund partners Piers Warburton and Jeremy Bell.

“Shaun has first-rate credentials and will be a great addition to the team,” noted Ashurst global corporate head Simon Beddow in a statement. “He will play an important role in enhancing and consolidating our global private equity offering, which remains a core part of our global corporate practice.”

Founded in 1822, Ashurst is a leading international law firm advising companies, financial institutions and governments on corporate, finance, dispute resolution, and the development and financing of assets in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. The firm has more than 1,700 lawyers working in 24 offices around the world. 

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