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Norton Rose is boosting its technology capabilities with two lateral hires from the telecoms and IT sectors.
The new partners are US-qualified Mark Naftel, who was assistant general counsel at Danish telecommunications company Tele Danmark, and former Slaughter and May IT specialist Michael Rebeiro.
Their appointments bring the number of new partners appointed to the firm this year to 12.
On joining the telecoms practice Naftel will offer reg-ulatory and transactional advice to clients that include France Télécom, Mannesmann and Ericsson among others.
Norton Rose competition and EC partner Martin Coleman says: "We recruited Mark because he is one of Europe's leading telecoms lawyers with particular experience on the coalface in-house.
"He will be a major addition to our telecoms practice. We hope to grow our teams around both him and Michael."
Fellow newcomer Rebeiro has previously worked as in-house European counsel for New York stock exchange-registered company Cadence Design Systems. He specialises in big-ticket IT procurement, outsourcing and technology development law.
Of his decision to leave Slaughter and May Rebeiro says: "I wanted to be involved in a practice fully committed to telecoms and technology as I believe Norton Rose is.
"The great thing about Norton Rose lawyers at partnership level is that it is not just made up of people who have experience as advisers, but also those who have been clients themselves."
Head of IP and IT Chris Ryan says: "We were keen to get Michael on board because I think he is one of the best young IT lawyers around. "
Slaughter and May's head of technology Christopher Martin was unavailable for comment.