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UK: White & Case has hires Macfarlanes head of competition

 |  November 14, 2016

White & Case has hired Macfarlanes head of competition, Marc Israel, in London. Israel will join the US firm’s global competition practice as a partner.

His start date is yet to be confirmed.

Israel departs the UK firm, where he also led its cross-departmental competition litigation team, after 15 years. He made partner at Macfarlanes in 2004 and was appointed competition head in 2006, having previously trained at Slaughter and May.

His exit comes after Macfarlanes’ financial services head David Berman resigned in September, to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in London as head of regulatory and financial services. Berman will begin his role at Quinn in January 2017.

Israel’s focus is on M&A and private equity non-contentious competition matters, as well as cartel, investigations and antitrust litigation.

Macfarlanes competition partner Malcolm Walton replaces him in the role, effective immediately.

The hire comes as White & Case seeks to ramp up its lawyer headcount in London, along with New York, as part of its 2020 strategy.

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