Bakers loses Warsaw tug of war to Squire Sanders

Baker & McKenzie has confirmed that former Warsaw managing partner Tomasz Ujejski has resigned from the firm.

As revealed in The Lawyer today, Bakers was engaged in a tug of war with Squire Sanders & Demsey over the M&A lawyer, with both firms under the impression he would be working for them as of July. However, Ujejski officially gave notice to Bakers late on Friday afternoon.

He is set to join Squire Sanders at the beginning of July, working from the firm’s London office. He will be joined by three other partners who currently hold a number of roles in Bakers’ Warsaw office along with around eight associates.

Squire Sanders former Warsaw managing partner Krzysztof Wiater and energy partner Pawel Grzejszczak have joined DLA Piper to set up an office for the firm in Warsaw.

Meanwhile, DLA Piper is strengthening its German antitrust practice with the hire of Clifford Chance of counsel Dr Jan Joachim Dreyer. Dreyer, who is currently based in Clifford Chance’s Dusseldorf office, will take up his role as partner in DLA Piper’s Cologne office on 1 August.

Dreyer joined Clifford Chance as an associate in 2000 and has been of counsel since 2005. His main areas of expertise include antitrust proceedings, German and European merger control and environmental law.

As reported on thelawyer.com last week (12 June) DLA Piper boosted its German regulatory team with the appointment of business law and tax defence expert Professor Dr Erich Samson.