New London boss to spearhead Squire integration and profile push

Squire Sanders & Dempsey today announced its new managing partner of the firm’s London office will be a partner gained from the recent Haarmann Hemmelrath merger.

Andrew Visintin, who along with his Haarman colleagues joined the Ohio-headquartered firm in February, will lead more than 30 lawyers in the London office. There was no leadership vote.

Visintin, a restructuring partner, previously sat on Haarmann’s worldwide managing board and said that his appointment as managing partner was a vital part of Squire’s contingency plan in the wake of the failed merger with Bryan Cave in August.

His position as a lone managing partner helps to bring the two teams together. Previously Mara Babin managed Squire’s London office and Peter Vaines managed the Haarmann lawyers.

Other steps to be taken to synergise the teams are to house all lawyers in new premises at 25-26 Old Broad Street and to ramp up expertise in the core areas of banking and finance, restructuring, energy and tax. These are all areas that benefited from the recruitment of the Haarmann lawyers.

“I’m planning to raise the profile of the London office and it’s fair to say that we will double our size over the next 12 months.” He pointed to corporate as one area in which the firm will recruit heavily.

Such aggressive expansion follows not only the Haarmann’s merger but also the opening of a Polland officce in 2005.