On the move

Watson Farley & Williams has hired Clifford Chance counsel Nikolaus Krienke as a partner and head of its ­German employment practice, based in Munich and Hamburg.


Nikolaus Krienke
Nikolaus Krienke

Move of the Week

Krienke led the magic circle firm’s Munich employment practice. ­Krienke’s practice includes advising on trade union issues as well as on employment ­contracts for board members and ­managing directors. ­Watson Farley Munich chief Simon Preisenberger said: “[Krienke’s] ­prominent employment and labour law reputation in Germany and ­entrepreneurial drive leave us well-­positioned in providing ­employment law advice at the highest level.”

UK

LONDON

Field Fisher Waterhouse has boosted its equity capital markets practice with the hire of Berwin Leighton Paisner senior associate Amerjit Kalirai as a corporate partner.

Mid-size commercial firm Jeffrey Green ­Russell has promoted Kamran Rehman to ­partner in its banking and finance litigation ­practice. Rehman is a member of the Professional ­Negligence Lawyers Association.

Sackers has promoted pensions lawyer Claire van Rees to associate. Van Rees joined the firm last year from Hogan Lovells.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired dispute resolution and antitrust senior associate Patrick Doris from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner in a boost to its London ­litigation group.

Private client specialist Wilsons has brought in Burges Salmon associate Ben Sharples as a ­partner in its agricultural team.

Covington & Burling has named London-based arbitration partner Gaëtan Verhoosel as the third co-chair of its international arbitration group, alongside Thomas Johnson and Allan Moore. Verhoosel joined the firm in 2009 from Debevoise & Plimpton.

North

Manchester firm SNG has appointed former Pinsent Masons associate Germaine Peters as an associate in its property division.

Chester and Manchester firm Aaron & ­Partners has hired licensing law specialist Barry Holland, who was previously working as a sole trader.

South

Barlow Robbins has recruited Philip ­Stephenson as head of company commercial. Stephenson joins the firm from Coffin Mew, where he was a partner, and will be based in the Barlow Robbins’ head office in Guildford.

National firm Mills & Reeve has hired ­Eversheds Cambridge senior partner Ian Mather as a partner in its employment team, taking its firmwide partner headcount to 94.

Scotland

Shepherd & Wedderburn Aberdeen head Richard Cockburn has joined Scottish rival Maclay Murray & Spens as a partner in its ­energy team.

Europe

Pieter Jan Kuijper, the former director of the Legal Affairs ­Division of the World Trade ­Organisation, who is also the former director of the external ­relations and international trade team of the Legal Service of the European ­Commission, has joined the Brussels office of Gide Loyrette Nouel as of counsel and ­a ­member of the team in charge of ­international trade and unfair ­competition issues.

Chadbourne & Parke has hired CMS Cameron McKenna TMT partner Krasuski as an ­international partner based in its Warsaw office. A partner at his former firm, Krasuski will lead the office’s communications, media and ­technology practice.

US

Covington & Burling has boosted its ­Washington DC practice with the capture of a four-lawyer team from defunct firm Howrey.

The group of antitrust and white-collar crime practitioners features Howrey’s former white-­collar defence co-head John Nields and antitrust co-head Alan Wiseman. Of counsel Andrew ­Lazerow and Jason Raofield have also joined the firm.

Nixon Peabody has boosted its West Coast offering with the hire of Goodwin Procter ­partner Tuan Pham as a partner in its affordable housing and public finance practices.

Asia

Gide Loyrette Nouel Beijing chief Yan Lan has joined investment bank Lazard after 14 years as a partner at the firm. Lan will lead the bank’s Chinese business.

Offshore

Jersey firm Pinel O’Shea has appointed David Yetman as a trainee in its corporate, funds and trust group. The firm has also taken new office space at its St Helier base.