Digests

Fujitsu has lost its vice president of legal and commercial affairs after the company embarked on a European joint venture with Siemens AG. David Hyams left the company a month ago as Fujitsu Computers (Europe) was absorbed with the new entity Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV.

Freshfields has boosted its Milan office by taking two partners and seven associates from Pavia e Ansaldo. Partners Mario Ortu, who specialises in mergers and acquisitions, and Matteo Orsingher, who will become the first dedicated intellectual property lawyer in the Freshfield's Italian practice, will take the number of partners to 12.

Eversheds' Cardiff office has taken on an M&A specialist from Freshfields. Michelle Thomas joins the firm as a partner in the corporate finance department.

Simmons & Simmons has won London City Airport as a client. Simmons banking and capital markets partner James Bresslaw led a team of six lawyers acting for London City Airport, whose holding company is City Aviation Finance, on the issue of £100m securitisation bonds.

Buchanan Ingersoll, the Pittsburgh firm, has opened in New York. Buchanans, which is launching in the UK by hiring a project finance team from Beachcroft Wansbroughs, will concentrate on venture capital and new technology in New York. It plans to double the office from its current eight lawyers within a year.

Clarke Wilmott & Clarke, one of the largest firms in the South West, has appointed Chris Taylor as head of its litigation department. He takes on the role from David Sedgwick, who has recently been elected to managing partner.

The Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) is replacing its director of legal and professional services with the commercial and legal adviser at the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association. Clare Bristow will take over the role from Francis Pallenson who is retiring after four years in the post.

Eversheds head of property Stephen Sorell has been selected to join the board of directors of charity Business in the Arts: North West. The firm has also become a corporate member of Business in the Arts: North West, which advises arts organisations on professional issues.

Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins has appointed Mike Taplin as a new property partner from local rivals Marrons. Taplin, who has also worked for Derby City Council and Bass, will split his time between the firm's Derby and Leicester offices.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has doubled its legal department by taking on 20 lawyers. The new lawyers will work in the OFT's recently restructured competition policy division, which is gearing up for forthcoming competition legislation. The legislation is expected to increase the OFT's workload.

Boesebeck Droste has lost four partners from its Munich head office to rival firm Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Lober following the Lovell White Durrant merger vote. Partners Rolf Fueger, Norbert Reiger, Stephan Salzmann and Bernard Heiss will set up a Bruckhaus Munich office.