Goodwin Procter has continued its UK push with the hire of two new partners for its London private equity practice.

Mark Soundy (an IFLR1000 Leading Lawyer) and Sarah Priestley both join the team from Shearman & Sterling with the pair having resigned from the US firm in October.

Soundy is a private equity specialist while Priestley had headed up the firm's London tax team.

Recent examples of Soundy's work include advising Bridgepoint on its sale of LGC; GMT Communications Partners and M/C Ventures on the sale of Melita and Melita Capital; and Electra Partners on the acquisition of Photobox.

The moves represent the latest in a string of London hires made by Goodwin, the most recent being that of investment funds partner Michael Halford, from King & Wood Mallesons in November.

The UK market has seen a string of private equity hires in 2016 including Dechert's capture of Ross Allardice from White & Case; Gibson Dunn's hire of James Howe from Proskauer Rose; Akin Gump's hire of Igor Krivoshekov from Dentons; Proskauer's move for Eleanor Shanks also from Dentons; Ropes & Gray's acquisition of Helen Croke from Travers Smith; Weil Gotshal's move for James MacArthur from Herbert Smith Freehills; and Kirkland & Ellis's move for Stuart Boyd from Linklaters.