On the move

Bristows has taken on Marek Petecki as a partner in its corporate group. He joins after five years at Slaughter and May, where he was a senior associate.


Marek Petecki
Marek Petecki

Move of the week

Petecki has ­expertise in a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, including M&A, financings and joint ventures. Bristows joint managing partner Mark Watts said: “Our ­corporate team’s been going from strength to strength despite ­difficult market ­conditions and Marek’s appointment adds further to our ability to offer clients magic circle quality. On top of that, he’s a lovely guy.”

UK

LONDON

Debevoise & Plimpton has taken on David Innes as a partner in its London private equity practice. Innes joins from Travers Smith, where he has been a partner since

2000 specialising in private equity and M&A.

Brown Rudnick has hired Steven Friel as a ­litigation partner in its London office. Having ­previously practised from the London and New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton, for the past four years Friel was a partner in the London office of Davies Arnold Cooper.

Forsters has appointed Robin Cole as a ­consultant in its commercial real estate practice. For the past nine years he has been running his own practice, Cole Associates, in Mayfair and was previously a partner at Hammonds. He has commercial property experience, acting for a ­variety of funds, developers and investors, and has particular expertise in advising overseas investors.

Wedlake Bell has boosted its corporate team with the appointment of Edward Craft as a ­partner. He joins after nearly 12 years at Nabarro, where he was a senior associate. Craft has ­specialist expertise in low-carbon energy and public sector joint ventures.

North

Brabners Chaffe Street has strengthened its sports law team with the appointment of ­solicitors Sarah Davies, Stuart Ripley and Richard Craig. Davies and Ripley both trained with the firm and join the team upon qualification. Craig joined the sports team at the beginning of ­September from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in ­London, where he spent two years in the ­commercial and technology team.

Scott Rees & Co has promoted solicitors Tony Mills and Greg Taylor to the role of associate. Mills joined the firm in June 2009 and currently heads a team of 10 solicitors. Taylor joined in August 2009.

DWF has boosted its recoveries team with the appointment of senior manager Justin Coley from Optima Legal. Based at the firm’s Leeds office, Coley will spearhead the development of a ­national secured lending recovery service within the firm’s recoveries practice. Prior to joining DWF he was head of operations for repossession services at Optima.

South

TLT has recruited construction lawyer Tom Wrzesien from Taylor Wessing. He joins

the firm’s Bristol office as an associate in the ­construction team, which is led by

three partners.

Ashfords Solicitors has welcomed new ­partner Louise Workman to its corporate team. She joins the firm after 10 years at Berwin Leighton Paisner, where she was a partner and head of its retail division.

Midlands

Mark Jones has been promoted to associate

at Dass Solicitors. He joined the firm in 2009

and developed, and now heads, its fraud and ­regulatory defence team in Birmingham. His areas of expertise include fraud, regulatory, ­confiscation/restraint and complex crime.

Scotland

HBJ Gateley Wareing has bolstered its ­Edinburgh energy team with the return of Alan Shanks to the office. Shanks returns to Scotland after two years in the firm’s Dubai office to lead its energy practice. He will also continue his work with the firm’s shipping and transport team.

Europe

Watson Farley & Williams has hired Nikos Kostikas as a partner in its international project and structured finance group based in Athens.

He joins from UniCredit Bank, where he was legal counsel.

US

Nixon Peabody has announced the arrival of partner Gary Downs. He will be based in the San Francisco office and will work within the firm’s regulatory and real estate department. Downs joins from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he was leader of the public finance practice and co-head of the affordable housing team.

Ropes & Gray has welcomed David Saltzman as a partner in its tax and benefits department. He joins from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & ­Hamilton in New York. Saltzman focuses on international taxation and related matters, including private equity, M&A, cross-border and domestic financings and international planning.

Charles Webb, who left Howrey in 2005 to join The Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA), is set to return to the firm’s Washington DC office as a partner in the antitrust practice group. The JCRA is the competition law enforcement authority and regulator of the telecommunications and postal industries for the island.

In-House

The American University of Beirut (AUB) has appointed Peter May as vice-president

for legal affairs. May joins AUB from World ­Learning, where he has held various roles, including general counsel and company ­secretary, since joining in 1996. The legal counsel role at AUB is a newly ­created position that will see May ­establish an internal legal function and assess the ­institution’s legal needs. He will ­provide day-to-day counsel to each of its ­academic and support units, as well as to the medical centre. He will also coordinate and ­supervise the work of all outside counsel to

the university in New York and the Lebanon.