Moves 13 January


Move of the week

David Cubitt has been elected London chief of Osborne Clarke. Cubitt, who has headed the firm’s employment practice for about four years, replaces Andrew Saul, who stepped down from the role after being elected senior partner last month. In taking up the new role, Cubitt will also take a seat on the firm’s partnership council.



Moore Blatch has hired two partners for its London office. Bruce Jury joins as a partner in commercial property. Jury has experience in all aspects of real estate law, in particular investment, development, landlord and tenant and real estate finance. He was previously partner and founder at Jury O’Shea. Naomi Greenwood joins the firm as a partner in the employment team and will split her time between the firm’s City and Richmond offices. Greenwood, who advises corporates and senior executives on employment law matters, has acted for numerous household names and was previously an associate at DWF.

Eversheds litigation partner Paul Smith has been elected as the firm’s chairman, beating corporate partner Robert Pitcher in a partnership vote. Smith will take up the role on 1 May and hold the position for four years.

Hogan Lovells has confirmed that its US co-head of litigation Steve Immelt will become CEO. It has been gearing up for a change of leadership since it was announced that co-CEOs Warren Gorrell and David Harris are to step down in June. The firm has also confirmed that global head of finance David Hudd is stepping up to become deputy CEO. Meanwhile, corporate partner Tom Whelan has been named as co-head of the global private equity group, taking over the reins from Alan Greenough, who will retire next year. Whelan started his career at Ashurst in 1991 before moving to DLA Piper as a partner in 2002. 



Weightmans has hired Andrew Roberts as a partner in its commercial dispute resolution team, taking the number of partners in the Liverpool team to
five. Roberts joins from DLA Piper, where he was a member of the firm’s litigation and regulatory group.

Yorkshire firm Gordons has promoted three lawyers to its partnership. Corporate solicitor Andy Brian, planning solicitor Kate Butterfield and commercial property solicitor Joanne Fearnley have all been made up.



Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has hired Thomas Schrell as an equity partner in its banking and finance practice in Frankfurt. Schrell joins the firm from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin in Frankfurt, where he has been an equity partner since 2004. He specialises in finance – in particular acquisition financing, corporate loans, real estate, export and project financing – and other forms of syndicated bank loans. He advises lenders and borrowers in complex structured finance transactions and also focuses on debt restructuring.

Noerr has hired Jens Kunz as an associated partner in banking and finance. He joins the Frankfurt office from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Kunz has been with Freshfields since 2006, most recently as principal associate. Kunz concentrates on providing transactional and more general advice to banks
and financial services providers on financial regulation.

US firm Brown Rudnick has hired litigation partner Sébastien Bonnard from boutique Lacourte Raquin Tatar as the firm expands into Paris. The French team will also include partner Nicholas Tse, who joined Brown Rudnick’s London office early last year from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Asia Pacific

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired James Grandolfo as a partner in its Hong Kong office. He will become a member of Milbank’s global securities group. Grandolfo joins from Allen & Overy, where he was head of the Asia Pacific international capital markets group. A US-qualified attorney and a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong, Grandolfo has been based in Hong Kong
since 2000.

Stephenson Harwood has added litigation partner Giovanna Kwong to its office in Hong Kong. Kwong joins Stephenson Harwood from the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin. She advises financial institutions and pharmaceutical, corporate and public sector clients in litigation and dispute resolution.

Middle East

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has hired Matthew Cavanagh as a partner in its new office in Riyadh. Cavanagh was global general counsel for North American and European investment manager Christofferson Robb. He has worked at Linklaters and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.


Dechert has hired Jeffrey Sion in its financial services tax practice as a partner in New York. Sion was most recently a partner and the national tax leader of KPMG’s investment management practice. Sion advises registered and unregistered funds and investment advisers on both domestic and international tax matters.


Forbes Hare is expanding its international private client practice with the addition of Marcus Parker, who joins as a partner in the Cayman Islands office. Parker’s practice focuses
on devising and developing international structures and strategies to preserve and enhance the wealth of affluent international families. Prior to joining Forbes Hare, he was an equity partner at London private client firm New Quadrant Partners.


E-commerce start-up Powa Technologies has hired Manu Kanwar as chief legal officer from Yahoo, where he was head of corporate and commercial affairs. This is the second in-house legal hire for Powa. 

Swedish automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv
has named Asia legal head Anthony Nellis as interim general counsel. Nellis is currently vice-president for Asia legal
affairs, based in Shanghai, the headquarters of Autoliv’s China operation.

Firefighting equipment producer Angus Fire has named chief legal counsel of Carestream Health, Nicholas Brown, as its general counsel following a £62m management buyout.