European moves: 27 November 2014

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


Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry (24 November 2014). The office will be led by partner Stéphane Ober, who joins from his own firm Ober & Partners. He is bringing with him fellow partner Pierre-Régis Dukmedjian. The duo will be joined by Arendt & Medernach senior adviser Viviane De Moreau d’Andoy and senior associate José Ignacio Pascual Gutiérrez, as well as Linklaters managing associate Louis-Maël Cogis, all of whom join Simmons as partners. Simmons is also hiring a team of eight associates. The firm is aiming for the office to be open in early 2015, depending on regulatory approval.

Brussels firm Strelia has hired Linklaters partner Jacques Richelle as a partner. Richelle specialises in banking and finance.

Luxembourg firm Kleyr Grasso has hired Alex Pham as counsel and head of tax. Pham joins the firm from Ogier, where he was a senior associate.

Central & Eastern Europe

Gide has relocated competition partner Franck Audran from Paris to co-head the office. The firm has also hired three associates. Balázs Kutasi has joined from Allen & Overy to lead Gide’s Hungarian litigation practice, corporate lawyer Dasa Vukelic has moved from White & Case, and corporate lawyer Anna-Mária Veres joined Gide in May 2014.


LMBE has hired litigation and IP partner Sandra Strittmatter and associate François-Xavier Langlais from Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent. Strittmatter has experience at international firms and in-house at Pernod Ricard.


Hengeler Mueller has announced its first all-female promotions round, making up two women to its partnership in a boost to its diversity stakes (24 November 2014). The promotion of Düsseldorf-based public lawyer Vera Jungkind and Berlin-based litigator Johanna Wirth to the firm’s partnership increases the number of female partners by 67 per cent. As of January, Hengeler will have five women in its 93-strong partnership.

Noerr has hired Maurice Séché as an associated partner in its Düsseldorf office. Séché was previously a senior associate at Hengeler Mueller in Düsseldorf and focuses on corporate law.


Spain’s Rousaud Costas Duran has hired four lawyers and promoted three to partner. Jordi Sánchez Sánchez-Crespo has joined the litigation team from Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, where he was a senior associate. Iñaki Silva was appointed as a tax partner, joining from Deloitte Abogados where he was a senior manager. Corporate partner Javier de Dios Morales and head of tax Paula Gámez both moved from DAC Beachcroft, where Dios Morales was a partner and Gámez a lawyer. Meanwhile head of employment Jonathan Gil, litigator Ignacio Benejam and tax lawyer Alejandro Capdevila were all promoted.

Portuguese firm Sérvulo has hired Ana Moutinho Nascimento as a senior associate in its tax team. Moutinho Nascimento previously worked at Rogério Fernandes Ferreira & Associados.


Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners has hired Emanuele Bosia as counsel at its London office. Corporate lawyer Bosia previously worked at Chiomenti.


Mannheimer Swartling has relocated corporate partner Lucas Jonsson to China, wehre he will become the Shanghai chief representative. Jonsson joined the firm in 2003 and has previously worked in Malmö and New York.

The firm has also promoted Hillevi Börjesson, Andreas Steen, Andreas Zettergren and Per Åsbrink to its partnership, effective 1 January 2015. Real estate lawyer Börjesson is based in Gothenburg. Steen is a Stockholm-based corporate lawyer, while fellow Stockholm lawyer Zettergren is a member of the firm’s banking and finance group. Meanwhile Åsbrink is an M&A lawyer in Malmö.


Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has hired capital markets lawyer Ilya Bareysha as a senior associate. Bareysha joins from Linklaters, where he was also a senior associate.