Moves: 13 May 2013

Move of the week

Simon Prendergast

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed Simon Prendergast to its banking group as a partner. He joins from Eversheds, where he was head of asset-based lending, and will work from the London, Manchester and Leeds offices. He focuses on asset-based lending, cross-border receivables financing, supply chain finance and corporate banking.



Dentons has hired Nicholas Plant to lead the private equity group in the UK, Middle East and Africa region. He joins from SJ Berwin where he has been a partner in the corporate finance group since 2007. He focuses his practice on advising private equity houses on domestic and cross-border leveraged buy-outs and also advises on general M&A and joint ventures.

Mark Wesseldine has joined Ropes & Gray from Fried Frank, Harris Shriver & Jacobson in London, where he was a partner in the corporate group. He has 10 years’ experience in the European leveraged finance market on complex cross-border financings and restructurings, and has acted for lenders, borrowers, private equity sponsors and specialist credit investors.

Zhong Lun’s London office has hired partner Tom Fairley, who was a corporate associate in Taylor Vinters. Fairley is the first western partner to join the Zhong Lun team in London. His focus is on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures, acting for Chinese and multinational clients. He graduated from the Cambridge with an MA in Chinese, after which he attended Nottingham law school. Fairley is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin.

Mishcon de Reya’s real estate finance team has hired Raji Bartlett as a consultant from SJ Berwin, where he was a partner in the finance department for 16 years.


Specialist compensation claims firm Bolt Burdon Kemp has promoted two solicitors to the partnership. Marilene Antoni has 10 years’ experience as a personal injury lawyer, specialising in complex high-value cases including brain and spinal injuries, amputations and chronic pain. Suzanne Trask specialises in handling clinical negligence claims, focussing particularly on cases involving delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer.


Cripps Harries Hall has elected Gavin Tyler as managing partner. He succeeds Jonathan Denny, who has held the post for the past 23 years and is stepping down from full-time practice.

Clarke Willmott has hired three lawyers in its Southampton office. Associate Matthew Irvine joins the employment team from Trethowans. Paul Hinnett joins as a senior associate in the commercial property and development team from Shoosmiths. Jessica Connelly has joined the private client team as a court of protection solicitor. She will work in both the Southampton and Bristol offices, and joins from Swain & Co.



Morgan Cole has promoted three lawyers to partner. Penri Desscan joined the firm in 2001 and is a commercial lawyer specialising in public and utilities procurement law, complex high-value contracts and projects. Paula Kathrens joined in 1997 and specialises in employment law. James Williams joined the firm in 1998 and is a corporate lawyer with wide-ranging experience, specialising i  corporate transactions.


Belgian corporate boutique Strelia has made its first lateral hire since its foundation, picking up former White & Case corporate partner Gisèle Rosselle. Rosselle specialises in corporate and corporate finance transactions, and will join Strelia’s M&A and corporate group alongside founding partners Olivier Clevenbergh and Henri Culot.

Speechly Bircham is to move to larger offices in Luxembourg in a bid to “pursue future growth plans” in the financial services centre, a move that follows the hire of Clifford Chance corporate counsel François Lerusse as partner. Lerusse, who joins the firm along with Clifford Chance senior associate Hélène Arvis, will be the third partner at Speechly’s Luxembourg office along with corporate and banking partner Françoise Pfeiffer, who is head of the base, and funds partner David Louis.

Houthoff Buruma has hired two lawyers. Laura Parret joins the firm from the Belgian Competition Council, while corporate and finance lawyer Peter Werdmuller moves from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Parret will be based in Brussels, while Werdmuller joins the firm’s Rotterdam office.

Boekel De Nerée has relocated real estate lawyer Dirk-Jan Gondrie to London from the Netherlands. Gondrie will work alongside London managing partner Angelique Thiele.


Proskauer Rose has hired Robin Feiner as senior counsel in the firm’s global capital markets group. She comes from UBS, where she was executive director of equity capital markets and equity corporate finance.

Avinash Ganatra has joined Carter Ledyard & Milburn as partner in its corporate department. He was previously a partner in the New York office of Squire Sanders

Asia Pacific

King & Spalding has recruited Peter Megens as a partner in its Singapore office. He will join King & Spalding from King & Wood Mallesonsin Melbourne, where he is co-head of the arbitration practice and a senior member of the construction team. Megens is expected to arrive at King & Spalding in July.

Middle East

In Riyadh, Squire Sanders has hired Nadia Al-Anani as senior associate. She is a specialist in banking and regulatory issues, and will lead the women lawyers section in Riyadh. She joins from Hani Qurashi in association with Kilpatrick Townsend.

The Bar

At 1 Garden Court, Susan Jacklin QC is now a full member. She will head the set’s family finance practice, with Nicola Fox as co-coordinator. She will retain a door tenancy at St John’s Chambers, Bristol.