Moves roundup; 22 September 2008

Norton Rose has hired former DLA Piper head of private equity in Italy, Davide ­Proverbio. He will be based in the firm’s Milan office.


Moves roundup; 22 September 2008Move of the week

Norton Rose has hired former DLA Piper head of private equity in Italy, Davide ­Proverbio. He will be based in the firm’s Milan office.

• A busy week at DLA Piper. The Hong Kong office has hired real estate partner Susheela Rivers from Clifford Chance, where she was an associate; former DEPFA Bank managing ­director Klaus Kunze joins the New York litigation practice as a senior adviser; capital markets lawyer Dr Liu Wei has been appointed Beijing managing ­partner; and seven new partners have been made up in the fast-growing Middle East offices. They are: Simon Davidson and Dianne Jungmann in corporate; David Harley, Gurmeet Kaur and Bruce Linke in finance and projects;
and Hinal Patel and Joycia Young in technology, media and ­commercial. Mario D’Ovidio, also a ­former ­associate at Clifford Chance, has joined the Milan office as a partner in the finance and banking group.

• Norton Rose has boosted its Singapore office with the hire of former Clyde & Co partner Leigh Borrello. He will lead the Singapore aviation finance team.

• US firm Crowell & Moring has recruited ­Belgian partner Flip Petillion to the firm’s IP group in Brussels. He was previously at local firm Janson Baugniet.

• Manchester-based firm JMW has taken on ­corporate partner Chris King from Heatons.

• US firm Mayer Brown has promoted Bruce Bloomingdale to London head of finance. He takes over from Ian Coles who remains global head of the finance practice.

Brabners Chaffe Street partner Paul ­Chamberlain has been appointed to the ­Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s agency workers commission panel as a legal adviser.

• US firm Bingham McCutchen has expanded its Washington DC securities practice by hiring former Foley & Lardner partners Michael Wolk and Amy Kroll.

• Irish firm Beauchamps Solicitors has ­appointed Shaun O’Shea as managing partner. He takes over from Imelda Reynolds, who held the position for six years and who returns as a partner in the commercial property department.

• North West firm Napthens has hired ­corporate partner James Allison from Pannone, where he was head of entrepreneurial services.

Irwin Mitchell personal injury partner Muiris Lyons has joined London litigation boutique Stewarts Law as head of the clinical negligence department.

Charles Russell has hired IP lawyer Kate O’Rourke as senior counsel from Dechert.

• Scottish firm Morton Fraser has promoted Fiona Sasan to partner in the Glasgow family law team. The department now has one partner and four lawyers in the city.

• Manches has hired Lovells’ John Doherty as a partner in the technology, media and IP group.

• Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune has chosen funds head Neal Lomax to lead the ­Cayman Islands office.

• Tunbridge Wells firm Cripps Harries Hall has hired Addleshaw Goddard commercial dispute resolution assistant Catherine Hurst.

• Nottingham firm Andersons Solicitors has hired three new lawyers: Ann Elliott, formerly of Flint Bishop in Derby, as an assistant in the ­family law group; employment legal executive Stephen Luke from Cartwright King; and legal executive Marcus Brown, previously of ­Carringtons, in the disputes department.

• South East firm Mayo Wynne Baxter has ­raided local rival ASB Law for two partners: Lee Hills and Alan Larkin. Hills specialises in travel claims while Larkin will work in family law.

• Former Challinors personal injury partner Paul Debney has moved to the Leicester office of Weightmans.

• Assistant solicitor Graham Smith has joined Essex-based enforcement lawyers Shergroup. He was previously with the Smith Law Partnership in Braintree, Essex.

• Campbell Hooper computer games partner Alex Chapman has moved to media boutique Sheridans as head of entertainment software.

• US firm Bryan Cave has hired counsel Jennifer Russell in the products liability and commercial litigation group. Prior to the move, she was ­director of insurance litigation at The Boeing Company.

• London-based Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish has recruited tax partner Andrew Turner from Speechly Bircham and corporate partner Imran Sami from Simmons & Simmons, where he was an associate.