European moves: 4 October 2012

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

Benelux

Jones Day is launching an office in Amsterdam and hiring a Dutch law team for its London office with the appointment of Boekel de Nerée’s City managing partner Ferdinand Mason (1 October 2012). The US firm is relocating Brussels managing partner Luc Houben and fellow Brussels partner Yvan Desmedt to Amsterdam for the launch, and is also understood to be in discussion with Dutch lawyers to strengthen the team.

Boekel de Nerée is strengthening its London office with the relocation of three partners. Corporate partner Kris Ruijters, banking and finance specialist Angelique Thiele and employment partner Eugenie Nunes will all be based in London as of today. They will be joined initially by two associates.

Belgian firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has boosted its tax expertise with the hire of Laurence Pinte, formerly head of tax for Franco-Belgian bank Dexia (26 September 2012). Pinte joins Liedekerke as a partner after six years at Dexia. She will advise on all areas of tax law with a focus on tax risk management, corporate taxation, taxation in the financial sector and accounting law.

Central & Eastern Europe

Austrian-headquartered Wolf Theiss is opening in Warsaw through the acquisition of German firm Beiten Burkhardt’s entire local office (28 September 2012). The acquisition, which takes effect on 1 January 2013, sees all 37 lawyers move to Wolf Theiss, including six partners. It brings the total number of offices for the Austrian firm to 14, with a workforce of 340 lawyers.

Reed Smith has formalised a two-year relationship with Greek firm Papapolitis & Papapolitis, signing a strategic alliance effective from this month (24 September 2012). The two firms have been in an informal working relationship for two years but will now join forces for Greek projects and transactions. Reed Smith already has an office in the Greek city of Piraeus, inherited from its 2007 merger with Richards Butler. The office focuses on shipping, corporate and litigation work.

France

French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has signed an alliance agreement with China’s TransAsia Lawyers, following its hire earlier this month of TransAsia partner Emmanuel Meril (26 September 2012). The alliance gives Lefèvre Pelletier a link into Beijing. It has been present in Asia for over a decade, with offices in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

The firm also signed an association agreement with Brazil’s Andrade Pannunzio Ricardo Foz Hypolito e Gabbai Advogados (1 October 2012). The two firms will collaborate on work going both in and out of Brazil. They will remain independent, as required by bar regulations in Brazil.

French firm Jeantet Associés has turned to Nixon Peabody for the hire of TMT partner Arnaud de Senilhes (24 September 2012). De Senilhes joined Nixon Peabody four years ago from Taylor Wessing, where he was Paris managing partner. At Jeantet he will focus on TMT, notably media, cinema and technology, and will also work with the firm’s tax team.

BCW & Associés has announced that Patrick Glebocki is joining the firm as a new partner in its Strasbourg office. Glebocki joins BCW from CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre in Strasbourg. He will manage the Strasbourg office and will also be in charge of the tax practice within BCW & Associés.

Germany

German firm Görg has raided two of its rival firms for a team of insolvency lawyers to launch in Hamburg and Rostock (24 September 2012). Görg will launch in Hamburg in the new year with seven partners and 15 lawyers. The Hamburg team includes a group of lawyers joining from national insolvency boutique Brinkmann & Partner. Lawyers Thorsten Bieg, Wolfram Lohse, Marc Odebrecht, Hans-Jürgen Rieckhof, Oliver Dankert, Hartwig Albers and Gerhard Brinkmann will all start work at Görg next year. Brinkmann chartered accountants Hans-Jürgen Wilke and Peter Stoffersen are also moving to Görg and will set up an associated accounting firm specialising in tax advice.

Iberia

Banco Santander has hired Uría Menéndez corporate finance partner Javier Illescas as the Spanish bank restructures its legal department into two separate divisions, business legal affairs and internal legal affairs (24 September 2012). Illescas, who joined Uría in 1999 and has been a partner at the firm since 2010, will lead the newly created business legal affairs division. The other new internal legal affairs division will be headed up Adolfo Díaz-Ambrona Moreno, who was previously responsible for the corporate legal affairs department of Spanish bank Banesto, which is majority-owned by Santander.

Ireland

Mason Hayes & Curran has appointed Deborah McHugh as a partner in the firm’s pensions team. McHugh specialises in pensions litigation. She joined Mason Hayes & Curran in 2006 as a senior associate.

Italy

Eversheds has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior associate Alessandro Greco as a partner in its Rome office, where he will head up the EU and antitrust team. Greco has advised companies on investigations before the Italian Antitrust Authority and has also acted on EU and Italian competition matters.

Italian competition boutique De Matteis Studio Legale has hired senior associate Matteo Colistro and junior associate Alessandra Caldana from Chiomenti Studio Legale.

Russia & CIS

Rusal chief legal officer, Igor Makarov, has been promoted to deputy chief executive officer for legal affairs at Basic Element, the holding company owned by Rusal chief executive Oleg Deripaska (21 September 2012). Makarov joined Rusal, the world’s leading aluminium producer, in March 2011 from Jones Day’s Moscow office. He will be succeeded by Peter Maximov, who has been appointed as general counsel. Maximov led the legal team at Novorossiysk Port Company before which he practised both in-house and in private practice.