European moves: 29 May 2014

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


Kramer Levin has announced the promotion of restructuring and litigation specialist Marie-Christine Fournier-Gille to its partnership in Paris. Fournier-Gille has been a member of the litigation team at Kramer Levin since 1994.

The former head of Allen & Overy’s (A&O) competition team, Olivier Fréget, has teamed up with fellow competition lawyer Charlotte Tasso de Panafieu to form boutique Fréget – Tasso de Panafieu. The firm will focus on competition issues in the energy, life sciences, telecommunications, media and railway sectors. Fréget was co-head of A&O’s global competition team until the start of this year. Tasso de Panafieu was a founding partner of LexCase.

Corporate boutique Bichot & Associés has hired Latham & Watkins associate Sandy Elkaim as a senior associate. Elkaim specialises in M&A and private equity.

Strasbourg tax boutique Valoris Avocats has been launched by Cécile Puijalon-Radu and Guillaume Rubechi along with four other lawyers. Puijalon-Radu was most recently a lawyer at Ernst & Young Société d’Avocats in Strasbourg, while Rubechi was a partner at Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés in Frankfurt.

K&L Gates has added Caroline Ledoux as a corporate and M&A partner in the Paris office. Ledoux was previously a counsel in the Paris office of Allen & Overy.

Bird & Bird has appointed Anne-Cécile Hansson Lecoanet as a partner in Paris. Lecoanet was previously a counsel at Jones Day. She focuses on corporate and commercial matters, mainly relating to business between France and the Nordic countries.


Frankfurt boutique Metis Rechtsanwälte has hired Mayer Brown partner Heinrich von Bünau as a partner in its corporate team. Von Bünau has experience in corporate and real estate transactions including the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors.

O’Melveny & Myers partner Marc Reysen has teamed up with Buntscheck partner Evelyn Niitväli to launch a competition boutique, RCAA, based in Brussels and Frankfurt. Reysen joined O’Melveny from Howrey when the latter firm collapsed in 2011. Niitväli worked at firms including Hengeler Mueller and Weil Gotshal & Manges before joining Frankfurt firm Buntscheck as a partner.


Hogan Lovells has appointed corporate partner and local infrastructure head Lucas Osorio as the new head of its Madrid office. Osorio is taking over from Jose Luis Huerta, who has managed the office since 2010.


William Fry has elected corporate head Bryan Bourke as its next managing partner. Bourke will take up office on 1 November 2014, replacing Myra Garrett. Garrett returns to full-time practice after six years heading the firm.

Mason Hayes & Curran has expanded its real estate team with the promotion of Rachel Carney and Tom Davy to its partnership. Their appointment increases the number of partners on the team to six.


NCTM has appointed three new equity partners: Sergio Fulco, Guido Martinelli and Lukas Plattner, all previously salary partners. Fulco is a litigator in Milan and Plattner focuses on financial services, also in Milan. Martinelli is a chartered accountant based in Rome.

Giuseppe De Palma has been elected as the new managing partner of Clifford Chance in Italy. De Palma will succeed Charles Adams in September 2014. He currently heads up the firm’s Italian finance and capital markets practice and is based in Milan.

Russia & CIS

Hogan Lovells has recruited Gide Loyrette Nouel partner Alexander Dolgov into its global infrastructure, energy, resources and projects group in Moscow. Dolgov joins the firm alongside associates Konstantin Makarevich and Fedor Kovatev, and trainee Grigory Fedorov. Dolgov joined Gide in 2010 from Allen & Overy.