Move of the week
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) environmental partner Louise Moore has quit the firm to rejoin Hogan Lovells. Moore will rejoin the London office in early 2014. She has been a partner with HSF since 2007, after joining Hogan Lovells as a trainee in 1990 and later becoming partner in the firm’s environmental and health & safety team.
Goodman Derrick has hired employment law partner Helen Brooks. She joins from Charles Russell, where she had been a partner since 2006. Her practice is made up of contentious and non-contentious employment work, and specialist health & safety advice. She advises businesses at all stages of the cycle and also acts for employees. Brooks’ advisory expertise is complemented by her early experience as a High Court litigator and latterly as a tribunal specialist.
Sherrards has added father and son team Jonathan and Andrew Cooke to the firm. They join the corporate and commercial team and are based in the London office. Jonathan has more than 35 years’ legal experience in the City and has advised numerous companies seeking listings and also acted for SMEs. Andrew is following in his father’s footsteps, providing advice and support across a range of corporate work as well as commercial matters. Both were previously at Wellers Law Group.
Litigation boutique Humphries Kerstetter has hired two senior associates. Genevieve Quierin and Stéphanie Milano, both commercial disputes specialists, join the firm from Linklaters.
Shoosmiths has appointed a new partner to its banking team. Linda Williams joins from Osborne Clarke, where she was a senior associate in its banking and finance group. Williams, who will continue to be based in Reading, advises financial institutions, plcs and limited companies on financing arrangements. She has particular experience in leveraged and acquisition finance as well as in property finance, and leveraged and investment-grade lending.
Amanda Chapman (nee Nelson), formerly a partner at Taylor Wessing, has joined Cripps Harries Hall as a partner in the private client team. She is experienced in international tax and succession planning for non-doms from jurisdictions such as the US, the CIS, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
DWF has hired pensions partner Ian O’Toole, who will be based in Leeds. O’Toole has more than 10 years’ experience advising trustees, employers, lenders and insolvency practitioners on all aspects of pensions. He has experience in providing strategic advice and specialist support to employers and trustees in their dealings with the Pensions Regulator or the Pension Protection Fund, and also has a wealth of experience in M&A work, drafting and trustee training. He joins from Gateley Wareing, where he was a partner.
Brabners has two new partners – Lachlan Nisbet and Robert Turner. Nisbet has a wealth of experience in litigation and regulatory matters and has acted for military witness in the Baha Mousa public inquiry and the Al-Sweady inquiry. He joins from Hill Dickinson, where he was a partner. Corporate recovery and insolvency specialist Turner has more than 10 years’ experience in the restructuring field. He was formerly a Partner at EOS Law, before which he was at Cobbetts.
Daniel Gutmann, a tax partner at CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, has been appointed the firm’s head of tax intelligence. This position has been held since 1991 by Jean-Yves Mercier, who has retired. Gutmann joined the firm as of counsel in 2007 and was made a partner in 2011.
Luxembourg firm Molitor has hired Chan Park as a partner in its corporate practice. Park joins the firm from D Law, where he was counsel.
Georgeta Gavriloiu has joined the Bucharest office of Austrian firm Schoenherr as senior associate in the firm’s Romanian competition practice. Gavriloiu was most recently a senior official at the Romanian Competition Council. She provides legal advice on competition matters, with a particular focus on the industrial and energy sectors. Meanwhile, Schoenherr has appointed Jitka Linhartová as head of its Czech competition practice. Linhartová joined Schoenherr in 2007.
Czech firm Peterka & Partners is opening a Budapest office through the hire of partner Ádám Illés. Illés previously ran his own firm. The office will provide clients with a full service in business law. It is Peterka’s ninth geographical base.
Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (FWP) has promoted Philip Neubauer to the role of junior partner. Neubauer joined FWP in 2009 and works in the firm’s employment team.
McDermott Will & Emery has added former assistant US attorney Michael Wynne and Todd Harrison as partners, based in Houston and New York, respectively. Wynne joins us from the US Attorney’s Office in Houston and Harrison joins from Patton Boggs, where he was a partner.
Gilbert & Tobin has hired two senior partners from DLA Piper’s Melbourne office, banking and finance partner Tony Holland and project finance partner Damian McNair. The firm has also appointed special counsel Luke Westmore, who joins from DLA Piper in Melbourne. Holland was formerly DLA Piper’s Australia chair and Asia Pacific banking and finance head, while McNair was Asia Pacific head of finance and projects.
King & Wood Mallesons has hired tax partner Michael Perez from Allens. Perez will join the firm in Melbourne in January. He has worked with high-profile clients including BHP Billiton, Ford, Rio Tinto, Shell and Tabcorp.
Squire Sanders has appointed experienced energy lawyer Clare Pope as of counsel in its Perth office. Dual-qualified in England and Wales and Western Australia, Pope was previously a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills. She spent some time on secondment to BP, principally focused on the British oil giant’s Uruguay access. Pope is the latest addition to Squire Sanders’ Australian offices. In September, the firm hired a team of financial services lawyers, led by partner Tom Lennox, from DibbsBarker’s Sydney office.
DLA Piper has hired corporate partners Bryan Pointon and David Ryan to work in its Australian practice, based in the Sydney office. Pointon is also taking on the role of head of corporate for Asia Pacific.