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The former chairman of Altheimer & Gray’s international practice, Louis Goldman, has won a seat on Salans’ global board as part of its acquisition of 57 lawyers from the defunct US firm.
Goldman was responsible for Altheimer’s international expansion until May this year, when he stepped down unexpectedly just weeks before the firm announced it was to dissolve. However, he was brought back in to broker a deal for the firm’s overseas offices.
The recent deal, which received the vote of approval by partners last week, sees Salans take on 13 new partners including former London managing partner Robert Bata.
Bata was the London managing partner and head of the European network until late 2002, when Anthony Fine took over the helm in London. Bata, however, remained in charge of the European network until the firm’s demise, but unlike his colleagues he decided against a move to Kilpatrick Stockton.
The acquisition gives Salans offices in five new jurisdictions, including Prague, Bratislava, Bucharest, Istanbul and Shanghai.