DAC Beachcroft departures stack up in Madrid

Longstanding DAC Beachcroft (DACB) Madrid lead partner Pablo Wesolowski has left the firm to join 11 former colleagues at Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD).

According to DACB’s website, it leaves the firm’s Madrid office with a total of 13 lawyers, including partners José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos, Enrique Gich and José María Pimentel.

Wesolowski joins 11 former DACB Madrid lawyers at RCD including insurance partners Isabel Burón and Ruth Duque. Duque was deputy director for legislative policy at the DGSFP (Spanish Insurance Regulator) before joining DACB in May 2013.

DACB corporate partner Javier Dios also joined RCD in November 2014. The departures to RCD have been staggered since then.

DACB head of insurance David Pollitt said: “This is a strategic move by us. Pablo and the team are corporate insurance lawyers and looking at the markets in Madrid, we’ve decided that we want to push on with our claims position so we’ve had a strategic rejig of that office.”

Wesolowski was one of the founding partners in the DACB Madrid office, which was opened by legacy Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) in 1989.

When DAC merged with Beachcroft in 2011 (22 June 2011) the firm’s Latin America group was a key attraction.

Last month the firm announced it had signed an exclusive alliance with Madrid-based Muñoz Arribas Abogados in a further bid to boost its insurance and health practices in Spain and Latin America (16 January 2015). 

Pollitt said: “We are changing the emphasis of our Madrid offering to focus on a full service claims proposition, working in alliance with Munoz Arribas, and concentrating on the local market, the London market and expansion into Latin America.”

DACB has seen high-profile departures form Madrid in the past. In January 2014 Herbert Smith Freehills took Javier Ortega de la Peña DACB (28 January 2014). Prior to that Clyde & Co took nine DACB lawyers to launch its Madrid office (16 April 2013).