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Norton Rose loses Olympic Airways as competition lawyer Anestis joins US firm
Former Norton Rose competition lawyer Paris Anestis has taken trophy client Olympic Airways to his new firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White. Anestis worked for Norton Rose as an independent contractor in Athens for seven years until this spring. It is understood that he was contracted through the Brussels office rather than working directly for Norton Rose in a tax-beneficial arrangement commonly used by the firm outside the UK. This spring, Anestis's relationship with Norton Rose was discontinued, although the firm chose not to comment on the reasons behind the split. He continued as an independent practitioner and will join Howreys' Brussels office as a partner at the beginning of September, as revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews (6 August). Anestis was recruited by former Norton Rose partner and the founding partner of Howrey's Brussels office Trevor Soames. Soames won Olympic as a client while he was still at Norton Rose, but the airline worked most closely with Anestis. Olympic has not instructed Norton Rose since Anestis's departure. The Greek Government is another major client of Anestis and he is regularly instructed by the Greek Ministry of Transport and Ministry of the National Economy. Howreys managing partner Bob Ruyak told The Lawyer earlier this year that the firm would have five or six partners in its Brussels office by the start of September. Anestis is the firm's fifth partner, joining Soames, former Norton Rose senior associate Geert Goeteyn, former head of the European Commission cartels unit Julian Joshua and former head of the Competition Directorate-General's financial services unit David Wood.