Wednesday 23 October 2019 6:39 am

City Moves for 23 October - Who's switching jobs at Jones Day, Merkle and Therium?

Today’s City Moves includes Jones Day, Merkle and Therium

Jones Day

Global law firm Jones Day has announced the appointment of James Pickavance as a partner in the firm’s global disputes practice in its London office. James has nearly two decades of experience handling disputes around the world, representing contractors, owners, developers and consultants in public and private projects, particularly in the energy, power, major infrastructure and commercial development sectors. As well as acting in a project advisory and dispute avoidance capacity, James has experience of all major forms of dispute resolution. John Phillips, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s London office, said: “James has nearly two decades of experience deftly handling disputes around the world. His arrival will strengthen the Firm’s already rich talent pool of lawyers, and he will be a great asset to our clients as they manoeuvre through the complex disputes process.”


Data-driven performance marketing agency Merkle has appointed Ben Gott to lead its rapidly expanding analytics practice across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Bringing together the existing analytics teams from Merkle’s performance media agency and customer analytics business across EMEA, Ben’s new role responds to the increasingly sophisticated and fast changing data and technology landscape. Ben will report directly to Michael Komasinski, president of Merkle EMEA. Ben commented on his new role, saying: “I look forward to working with the incredible talent we have to make Merkle Analytics a unique and scaled proposition in EMEA. My vision is that this unit will drive Merkle’s solution development.”


Litigation finance provider Therium has added to its investment team in London with the appointment of James Dobias as investment officer. James joins Therium from Slaughter and May, where he advised on a broad range of complex commercial disputes, as well as white-collar and corporate investigations, such as advising Rolls-Royce during its bribery and corruption investigations, including the negotiation of simultaneous deferred prosecution agreements with the UK Serious Fraud Office and the US Department of Justice. Neil Purslow, co-founder and chief investment officer of Therium, said: “James is a first class litigator with tremendous experience of working on very challenging, typically cross-border disputes with multiple stakeholders. His expertise and entrepreneurial flair fits perfectly with Therium and he will play a key role as we continue to see substantial demand for our litigation funding services globally. We are delighted that James has joined our investment team.”

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