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Weil Gotshal & Manges has elected Barry Wolf (left) to the position of executive partner. Wolf began his career at Weil Gotshal in 1984, when he joined as an associate in the firm’s tax department.
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He was elected to the partnership in 1992. Since 2005 Wolf has served as co-chairman of the firm’s corporate department, a role he will give up to take on the executive partner position. Firmwide chairman Stephen Dannhauser said: “For many years, I’ve watched Barry grow and develop into a firm leader. I can think of no better partner to assume this role and responsibility. He’s been deeply involved with firmwide strategic issues for many years, and I’m delighted with this choice.”
Bingham McCutchen has added Sarah Smith, former co-head of Sidley Austin London’s international finance group, as a partner in its London office. Smith, who also led Sidley’s Singapore-based finance practice from 1996 to 1998, will focus on general finance and restructuring matters.
Professor David Yates, former chief operating officer at Baker & McKenzie, has been appointed chairman of The College of Law’s board of governors. He takes over from Charles Plant, who stepped down following his appointment as chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s board.
Leigh Day & Co has announced that John Grace QC will join the firm as a consultant in February 2010 as part of the clinical negligence department. Grace is a founder member of 3 Serjeants’ Inn and until recently served as head of chambers.
Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish has expanded its London presence with three new hires. Sloan Kelly joins as a real estate partner from Field Fisher Waterhouse. Mark Silveira joins as a corporate assistant solicitor from Norton Rose. Greg Norman joins as an assistant solicitor in the financial services practice from Dechert.
Rix & Kay Solicitors has appointed new associate Jessica Partridge to its wills, tax planning and trusts department. Partridge qualified in 2007 with Adams & Remers.
Coffin Mew has welcomed two newly qualified solicitors, Tim Miles and Sarah Sams. Miles has qualified into the firm’s residential property and social housing departments, while Sams is now working in the asset management team.
Regional firm Kitson Hutchings has promoted professional negligence solicitor Nick Johnson to partner, bringing the firm’s partner headcount to 16. Johnson specialises in dealing with claims including those against solicitors, accountants, surveyors, architects, financial advisers and insurance brokers.
Claire Johnson, a lawyer with Leo Abse & Cohen, has been accepted as a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly. She has worked at Leo Abse for five years and is head of the wills and estates department.
Stephen Garrett has joined Birmingham firm Shakespeare Putsman as a partner in the insurance division. He joins from Hawkins Hatton, where he was a senior partner.
Adele McDermott has joined Beswicks Solicitors as a partner to head its commercial property team in Stoke-on-Trent. McDermott was formerly BPE Solicitors’ head of property in Birmingham.
Associate solicitor Lucy Long has joined Harrison Clark’s family law department. She will work alongside senior partner Jonathan Brew and his team on divorce and issues involving the Children Act. She joins from Solihull family law firm Mercy Messenger.
Lance Chambers has moved to the corporate finance and business services team at Nottingham law firm Berryman. He joins from DLA Piper in Birmingham, where he qualified into the corporate department in August.
Lupton Fawcett has promoted Robert Tranter, a commercial litigation lawyer in the firm’s Sheffield office, to the position of associate. Tranter was head of litigation at Hackett Windle before its acquisition by Lupton Fawcett in August.
Graf & Pitkowitz has hired Armenak Utudjian as an equity partner. He joins from Braunegg Hoffmann & Partner and will be part of the firm’s real estate, construction and public law practices.
ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Niping Wu from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Wu joins Orrick as a partner in its Beijing corporate group. Her practice will focus on M&A and private equity transactions in China.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has announced that George Curtis, former deputy director of the division of enforcement of the SEC, has returned to the firm as a partner. Curtis, who left the firm in 2006 to serve as regional director of the SEC’s Central Regional Office, was appointed as deputy director in 2008. His return to Gibson Dunn follows last year’s arrival of Mark Schonfeld, who joined the firm after serving as director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office.
Duane Morris’s Boston office has appointed Lee Crews as a partner in its IP practice group. She joins the firm from Fish & Richardson.
Katten Muchin Rosenman has hired Antony Buchignani, who joins the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution practice. Buchignani joins from DLA Piper, where he was a partner.
Mourant du Feu & Jeune has taken on a new equity partner in its Cayman Islands office. James Wauchope, who specialises in all areas of offshore finance and corporate work, with a particular focus on investment funds, joins from Maples and Calder, where he was a partner.