Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has taken its first tentative step toward establishing a German presence with the hire of high-profile German private equity lawyer Geza Toth-Feher. Toth-Feher, who founded Dewey Ballantine’s German operation, has been charged with building a small team of German lawyers in the firm’s London office with a view to eventually opening in Germany. He left Dewey Ballantine in late 2003 to form specialist finance advisory service, CB Equity Partners. He will remain a director at CB Equity Partners and will join Paul Hastings’s small London office as "of counsel." Prior to joining Dewey Ballantine in 2002, Toth-Feher was a partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges. The hire is the latest development in Paul Hastings’ ongoing European expansion. Last year, the firm acquired its first office in Continental Europe with the takeover of Paris firm Moquet Borde & Associés. Toth-Feher, a corporate and private equity specialist, has acted for a number of US financial institutions and investment funds including GE Capital, CSFB, Chase Manhattan Bank and Lehman Brothers.