Moves roundup; 22 September 2008
22 September 2008
Move of the week
• 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.