All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.

Benelux

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has appointed Stefan Molin, Albert Marsman and Mariken van Loopik to its partnership. Molin is an EU and competition law expert, Marsman specialises in international arbitration and litigation and van Loopik focuses on the banking sector.

Sheppard Mullin has announced the hire of partners Isabelle Rahman and Wim Vandenberghe who will join its recently-established EU competition and regulatory practice in Brussels. Rahman and Vandenberghe join from Dechert where they were partner and special counsel respectively.

France

Dechert has announced the hire of former Weil Gotshal & Manges corporate finance heavyweight Laurent Faugérolas as a partner, almost three years after he quit law to set up a corporate advisory boutique. Faugérolas will split his time between London and Paris.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has hired Fleur Jourdan as counsel in Paris in its public and administrative law practice group. Jourdan was previously deputy director general of the Région Ile-de-France (Paris region) services, where she was in charge of legal affairs, procurement contracts and quality.

K&L Gates has appointed Christine Artus as a partner in its labour, employment and workplace safety practice. Artus joins K&L Gates from Baker & McKenzie where she was a partner.

Germany

Gleiss Lutz has elected Alexander Schwarz and Michael Arnold as co-managing partners to replace outgoing chief Rainer Loges, who is stepping down after eight years in the role. The duo will take over from Loges on 1 January 2016. Arnold and Schwarz plan to continue fee-earning work and ran on a joint ticket to faciliate this. There was no strategic decision by the firm to switch to a dual managing partner structure.

Paul Hastings has hired Clifford Chance partner Bernd Meyer-Witting as a partner in Frankfurt. Meyer-Witting focuses on corporate work within the telecoms, media and energy sectors.

Hengeler Mueller has promoted corporate lawyers Andreas Hoger and Thomas Paul to its partnership in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf respectively. Düsseldorf energy specialist Jörg Meinzenbach will become counsel. The appointments will be effective 1 January 2016.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has re-elected its three managing partners. Andreas Urban and Hans Gummert were confirmed for their third terms, while Pär Johansson was elected into management for the second time.

Italy

Watson Farley & Williams has appointed Giuseppe Franch as a counsel in its Milan tax team. Franch joins the firm from Allen & Overy, where he was a senior associate in the tax department.

Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer has appointed four lawyers to its partnership. Louis Burrus and Grégoire Wuest are both in Geneva while Olivier Favre and Stefan Leimgruber are based in Zurich. Counsel Philippe Nicod is also promoted in Geneva.

Lalive has appointed public international law expert Jorge Viñuales as of counsel. Viñuales is the Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge, where he is also the director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance.

Russia & CIS

Samir Hadjiyev has joined PwC Azerbaijan as the head of legal practice. Hadjiyev joins from GRATA Law Firm, where he managed the Azerbaijan office, and is tasked with developing PwC’s legal practice in the country.