European moves: 3 April 2014

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

Benelux

A group of four former Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters lawyers have teamed up to launch the latest in a string of Dutch boutiques (2 April 2014). Orange Clover Law was launched on 1 March by Machiel Galjaart, Alex Gonzalez, Reijnoud Homveld and Thédoor Melchers. Galjaart and Gonzalez were both most recently counsel and co-heads of investment funds at Linklaters in Amsterdam and Melchers was a senior associate in A&O’s Amsterdam corporate team. Homveld is also a former A&O lawyer, but spent the last three years running legal document technology company Quire Law.

Central & Eastern Europe

PwC Legal has appointed PwC CEE legal leader Michael Mullen as an equity partner. He also acts as a statutory representative of the company. Mullen is based in the Czech Republic.

France

French firm Testu Hill Henry-Gaboriau has recruited Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent partners Jacques Salès and Steven Merino to help develop its corporate and international arbitration practices. Followng the appointments, the firm has rebranded as Salès Testu Hill Henry-Gaboriau & Associés.

Germany

Eversheds’ German arm Heisse Kursawe Eversheds has launched a Berlin office, ahead of a possible full merger between the firms (2 April 2014). The new office will be headed by employment partner Stefan Kursawe and will cover all areas of commercial law, particularly public law, procurement and real estate. It will be staffed by around 10 lawyers, a combination of new hires and relocations. Meanwhile Eversheds chief executive Bryan Hughes confirmed that Eversheds and Heisse Kursawe have entered discussions with the aim of fully merging.

Taylor Wessing and Bird & Bird have both strengthened their private equity offerings in Germany (2 April 2014). Taylor Wessing has hired Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Walter Henle. Munich-based Henle has joined Taylor Wessing as the firm’s German private equity head. Meanwhile in Frankfurt, former Skadden partner Peter Veranneman has moved to Bird & Bird from bond company DGVA (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Vertretung von Anleihegläubigern). He will be a member of the firm’s corporate team, based in Dusseldorf and Frankfurt.

Luther has hired Axel Mühl as a partner in Stuttgart. Mühl joins the firm from local outfit Haver & Mailänder, where he has been a partner since 2007. He focuses on corporate and corporate-related tax law.

Dentons has hired Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Philipp Windemuth as a partner in its Moscow and Berlin offices. Corporate and finance specialist Windemuth was a founder of legacy Salans’ Moscow and St Petersburg offices, before leaving to join White & Case in 2005. He was at Orrick between 2011 and 2014.

Iberia

Ashurst’s Spanish litigation head Daniel Jiménez has left the firm to launch a litigation boutique, teaming up with white-collar crime specialist Margarita Santana from Madrid firm Lex Consulting Abogados (26 March 2014). The duo have founded Santana Lorenzo & Jiménez in a bid to avoid the conflicts of interest found in larger firms.

Russia & CIS

Fast-growing Swedish firm Magnusson is merging with Russian outfit Kachkin & Partners, gifting it an office in St Petersburg – its second in Russia (26 March 2014). Magnusson has had a Moscow office since 2005. The Kachkin merger adds three partners and 19 other lawyers to the firm’s Russian presence.        

Capital Legal Services has announced the opening of an office in Helsinki. The firm has hired partner Eero Mörä to head up the new operation. Mörä most recently ran his own practice, and has also worked in-house in Finland.