The Legal Business finest 50 rainmakers of 2004 comprises a collection of stars who excelled not just for their legal skills, but for the way their work was won. London partner David Patrick Eich was selected as one of LB's finest 50 for his representation of Change Capital in its £115 million secondary buyout of Hillarys Group.
To win the work on Change's second major deal, Eich had to renew a relationship with the private equity house's high-profile leader Steve Petrow and had to crack into an existing relationship between Petrow and Will Rosen, of Weil, Gotshal and Manges. "I have been trying to generate a relationship with Change since their inception, but so have a lot of other people. Then this deal came up and it was complicated, it was fast, and it was big enough to support our fee structure. They effectively ran us head-to-head against their experience with Weil, and we convinced them to give us a chance."
This article appeared in its entirety in the December 2004/January 2005 issue of Legal Business.