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O’Melveny & Myers Nabs Partner From Shearman & Sterling

 |  July 5, 2023

On Wednesday, law firm O’Melveny & Myers announced the recruitment of real estate finance lawyer Malcolm Montgomery from Shearman & Sterling. This brings the total number of partners from Shearman joining new firms this week to four.

Montgomery, based in New York, was recently a co-head of Shearman’s real estate investment trusts and hospitality, leisure, and gaming groups. He had previously served as the head of the firm’s real estate division for five years, according to Reuters.

According to O’Melveny, his clients include Citibank, Deutsche Bank, US Bank, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and Shorenstein Properties.

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The departure comes after Shearman and London-founded law firm Allen & Overy said in May that they plan to merge. The firms’ partnerships have not yet voted to approve the combination, which would create a 3,900-lawyer firm with a global combined revenue of about $3.4 billion.

Several other Shearman lawyers have taken jobs at rival firms since the merger plans were announced.

Earlier this week, Ryan Shores joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Washington, D.C., as an antitrust and litigation partner. He rejoined Shearman in 2021 after a stint as associate deputy attorney general and senior advisor for technology industries at the U.S. Department of Justice.