European moves: 24 January 2013

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

Baltics

Baltic firm Sorainen has appointed former Estonian Chancellor of Justice Allar Jõks as a partner. Jõks joined the firm in 2009 as a specialist counsel. In a statement he said he hoped the partner appointment would prove his commitment to Sorainen and stop speculation that he would enter politics.

Estonian law firms Glikman & Partnerid and Alvin Rödl & Partner have announced their decision to merge to form Law Firm Glikman Alvin & Partners (10 January 2013). The merger will bring the new firm’s headcount to over 40 lawyers split across its offices in Tallinn and Jõhvi. The firm’s combined turnover will exceed €4m, making it one of the largest law firms in Estonia, according to a firm spokesperson. Glikman & Partnerid is the Estonia office of Baltic Legal Solutions, a pan-Baltic firm with offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Benelux

Belgian firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has appointed two new partners, real estate lawyer Alexandre Emond and energy and regulatory specialist Damien Verhoeven. Emond has worked for Liedekerke since 2003 and Verhoeven joined the firm in 2000.

Covington & Burling has hired Monika Kuschewsky as a special counsel in its data protection practice in Brussels. Kuschewsky joins the firm from Van Bael & Bellis, where she was a partner.

Benelux firm Houthoff Buruma has promoted corporate lawyer Jacques Kröner and corporate litigator Jan Willem de Groot to its partnership, effective 1 January 2013. Meanwhile Paul de Vries, also a corporate lawyer, is promoted to counsel.

Central & Eastern Europe

Salans has appointed Peter Kubina as a partner in its Slovakian banking and finance group. He is based in the Bratislava office and joins Salans from Allen & Overy, where he was a senior associate.

France

French firm Bredin Prat has made its first lateral hire for 18 months, picking up Gide Loyrette Nouel restructuring partner Olivier Puech (10 January 2013). Puech joins Bredin Prat after over 14 years as a partner at Gide, where he headed the firm’s corporate restructuring team. He acts on corporate restructurings and administrations, representing companies, creditors and investors and is now advising Virgin Megastore on its court-appointed administration.

French corporate and litigation firm Arago has launched a Dubai office and signed a partnership with UAE firm Bin Shabib & Associates (18 January 2013). The Dubai office will be managed by partner Bertrand Dumon, who joined Arago in 2011 from Watson Farley & Williams. It adds to the firm’s existing presence in Ras Al Khaimah, which is overseen by partner Elias Bou Khali.

Jones Day has promoted litigator Ozan Akyurek to its partnership in Paris. The promotion follows a six-month secondment to Pittsburgh in 2012, where Akyurek strengthened his experience in product liability, insurance, and aviation law. The firm has also promoted employment lawyer Jean-Michel Bobillo and banking and finance specialist Isabelle Maury to of counsel

Pinsent Masons has hired a construction disputes specialist in its Paris office (14 January 2013). Arbitrator Frédéric Gillion joins Pinsent Masons as a partner from Fenwick Elliott, where he was also a partner. Gillion is the first lateral hire that Pinsent Masons has made since launching its office in Paris in September 2012.

Brazilian boutique Brandi Partners is going international with offices in Paris and Dubai as well as associations in Portugal and Turkey (17 January 2013). The Paris office will have seven partners, all hired from boutique local firms. Relations between Paris and Brazil will be coordinated by Guillaume Dolidon, a corporate partner who was most recently a partner at French firm Aklea and previously worked at Shearman & Sterling and Salans. Dolidon will be joined by fellow corporate partners Marc Solovei, who previously ran his own firm, and Olivier Dutour and Frédéric Maury, who set up Dutour Maury last year. Litigator Michel Henriquet, name partner at boutique Henriquet Leclercq & Partners, will be responsible for Brandi Partners’ African and Middle East activities. The team will also include SGTR partner Alexandra Bellet, who specialises in employment law.

Germany

Simmons & Simmons is set to launch an office in Munich later this year, marking the firm’s third base in Germany (10 January 2013). Simmons’ new office will open in March and will focus on contentious IP matters for life sciences and technology clients, as well as advising asset management and investment funds clients. The office will initially be staffed by three partners: IP specialist Thomas Adam, who joins Simmons from Field Fisher Waterhouse’s Munich office, which he helped establish; corporate lawyer Oliver Beyer, who joins from RBS RöverBrönnerSusat, where he helped lead the Munich office; and IP lawyer Rowan Freeland, who has been at Simmons since 1980 and is relocating from London. The partners will be joined by an unspecified number of associates.

Michael Puls is joining Luther’s Dusseldorf office as a partner from Flick Gocke Schaumburg. He will strengthen Luther’s tax team and, in particular, advise energy supply companies.

Iberia

Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados has announced its decision to expand into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) via an association with local firm MBM-CONSEIL,giving the firm its eighth outpost on mainland Africa (17 January 2013). The firm has also promoted Margarida Maia, Tânia Cascais and Nuno Cabeçadas to partner in Portugal.

Linklaters has appointed Allen & Overy (A&O) partner Juan Barona as a partner in its Spanish banking practice (22 January 2013). Barona joins Linklaters’ Madrid office after over seven years as a partner at its magic circle rival. He practises banking and restructuring law, including acquisition and leveraged finance as well as project and asset finance, particularly in the energy and transport sectors.

KPMG Abogados has hired former Garrigues tax specialist Pedro Pablo Rodés (16 January 2013). Rodés joined KPMG’s Barcelona office last week to lead the firm’s Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Andorra divisions. He first joined Garrigues in 1981, was promoted to partner in 1990 and was head of the firm’s Barcelona office from 1993 until 1998. In 2010 he became of counsel and left Garrigues in October 2012.

Osborne Clarke has announced five partner promotions for its international offices, with the majority coming from its recently merged Spanish and Italian offices (23 January 2013). The firm has made up Barcelona associates Ignacio Calero (corporate), Silvia Steiner (commercial and competition) and Eva Otaegui (employment), as well as Cologne-based commercial associate Daniel Stein and Milan-based energy lawyer Piero Viganò. The promotions are the first since the firm merged with its Spanish and Italian Alliance partners, Osborne Clarke Spain and SLA Studio Legale Associato, in early 2012 (29 March 2012).

Roca Junyent has signed a cooperation agreement with 14-lawyer white-collar crime boutique Molins & Silva (11 January 2013). The move follows the departure of Roca Junyent’s primary criminal law and white collar-crime specialist Marc Molins in December 2012 to pursue a personal business venture. The new cooperation will see Molins & Silva handle the majority of Roca’s work in this field in future, although the firm’s lawyers will also work alongside Roca Junyent’s existing white-collar crime specialists Ramón Antonio Forteza in Lleida, and Jaume Riutord Ramis and Ramón Riutord Pané in the firm’s Palma de Mallorca office.

Ireland

Irish firm William Fry has recruited McCann Fitzgerald lawyer Laura Scott as a partner in its litigation practice. The firm has also hired Fasken Martineau consultant Sheila Tormey, who joins William Fry as a consultant in its competition practice. Additional hires include a litigation associate, a tax assistant and two legal executives while the firm has also confirmed it has retained 15 trainees as newly-qualified solicitors.

Italy

US firm Paul Hastings has hired former Dewey & LeBoeuf Italian energy star Lorenzo Parola in a boost for the firm’s corporate energy practice (10 January 2013). Parola was most recently a partner at Grimaldi Studio Legale, the firm set up by the bulk of Dewey’s Italian offices. Before the collapse of Dewey in May last year, Parola was co-head of the firm’s global renewable and clean energy sector group.

Meanwhile former Dewey Italy head Bruno Gattai has also left Grimaldi Studio Legale with a team of 35 lawyers to establish corporate boutique Gattai Minoli & Partners. The team includes former Dewey equity partners Luca Minoli, Nicola Brunetti, Gaetano Carrello and Stefano Catenacci.

Italian labour law firm hELP – Persiani has launched an office in London in a rare move for a boutique European firm (22 January 2013). The office will be headed by recent recruit Daniela Morante, who joined the firm after seven years as vice-director of the Institute for the Promotion of Arbitration and Mediation in the Mediterranean.

Fellow employment boutique Lablaw has hired partner Sharon Reilly from hELP – Persiani, boosting its strength in international matters (16 January 2013). Reilly joins Lablaw just under 18 months after helping to found hELP (28 October 2011), having left labour firm Toffoletto e Socio to team up with a group from DLA Piper in Italy.

Legance has hired Alessandro Botto as a partner in its administrative law team. Botto joins Legance’s Rome office from the third section of Italy’s Council of State, the Supreme Court for administrative litigation.

Ashurst has added Italian antitrust veteran Denis Fosselard as a new partner in its European competition team (15 January 2013). Fosselard joins Ashurst’s Rome office from Legance, where he was head of the antitrust practice. Prior to this, he was a partner at Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners having previously been a partner in Brussels firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick. He specialises in all aspects of EU and Italian anitrust law and has 20 years of practice experience of advising on behavioural and merger control cases, as well as state aid investigations.