Pillsbury has announced the appointment of Matthew Oresman, the firm’s International Public Policy leader, as its new managing partner in London.

“Approximately one-third of Pillsbury’s work today is cross-border in nature, and our London office plays an essential role in meeting clients’ multijurisdictional needs in the United Kingdom and across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa,” said Firm Chair David Dekker. “With a wealth of experience internationally and close working relationships with Pillsbury partners around the globe, Matt is the right partner to lead and grow our London office.”

Oresman’s practice focuses on advice to government leaders, political figures, business executives, and NGO heads in relation to complex cross-border legal, commercial, and policy matters. He advises global businesses on entry into emerging markets and regularly engages with the US government and other policy and law enforcement centres to ensure compliance with international regulations. Having previously chaired Pillsbury’s London Diversity & Inclusion and Pro Bono Committees, Oresman will continue to serve on the firm’s board committee for the Advancement of Diverse Attorneys.

“Pillsbury’s London office has a rock-solid foundation, and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues globally to build upon our success,” said Oresman. “Pillsbury is known for its work on complex cross-border matters, strong connections in a variety of developing international markets, and a distinguished and entrepreneurial roster of practitioners. We are well-positioned for growth and I am excited to help drive that effort forward.”

Pillsbury’s London office is comprised of differentiated practices that complement the Firm’s core strengths in the TMT, Energy, Financial, and other dynamic sectors. Pillsbury’s lawyers are recognized by Chambers, The Legal 500 and other leading publications for their expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance, Energy Projects, Nuclear, International Trade & Sanctions, International Arbitration, Global Sourcing & Technology Transactions, and Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity matters. The Firm was recognized in December as “M&A Team of the Year” by British Legal Awards for its work on the Chelsea Football Club sale, which Law.com referred to as “the largest, most technically complex and fast-moving M&A transaction in the history of sport.” The London office is also recognised by The Legal 500 UK for its Emerging Markets focus, “operating in emerging markets from China and the Asia Pacific Region, the Indian sub-continent, through to Russia and the CIS states, the Middle East and Africa.”

Recent additions to the London office have included Energy M&A partner Greg Hammond and structured finance partner Antony Single, who joined Pillsbury from Dentons and Clifford Chance, respectively. Meanwhile, Elina Teplinsky, who leads the firm’s global Energy Industry Group, is now splitting her time between the London and Washington, D.C. offices, and London-based Corporate lawyers Nadia Barazi and Nick Burgess were promoted to the partnership earlier this year. In addition to its plans for growing across the partner, counsel and associate ranks, the firm is also set to introduce a UK trainee scheme for the first time in its history.

Oresman takes over the role from Debra Erni, who over the past six years has been instrumental in the London office’s ability to thrive amid a host of unprecedented global events. Erni is a partner in the firm’s top-ranked Asset Finance group. Over the last five years alone, Pillsbury’s Asset Finance team has helped a diverse range of market participants get or keep more than 1,600 commercial and business aircraft flying, reflecting an aggregate asset value of more than $75 billion.