Moves 14 October

Move of the week


Hogan Lovells has named Jackie Newstead as its global head of real estate, taking the reins from present co-heads Bruce Parmley and Michael Stancombe. Newstead will serve in the new position from next January, filling the shoes of Parmley, who will become head of real estate for the Americas and be based in Washington DC, and Stancombe, who is retiring after 35 years with the firm.



DLA Piper has appointed James O’Donnell as a partner in the investment funds team in London. He joins the firm from Debevoise & Plimpton, where he was an associate. Prior to entering the legal profession O’Donnell served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. He trained at Allen & Overy


McGuireWoods has added Asheesh (Ash) Kumar Das to its debt finance department. He brings 20 years’ experience representing clients in the transportation, utilities and energy industries in connection with project financing, moveable assets, general banking and trade finance matters. Previously a partner in the finance team at Stephenson Harwood, Das has advised sponsors, commercial lenders and government/multilateral institutions on landmark projects, particularly in South and South East Asia.

Mayer Brown has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) banking and finance partner Richard Todd and former Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate David O’Connor in London. Both will join Mayer Brown’s partnership in the next few months.


GT Law has appointed Mike Hatton to head up its property division. Hatton was formerly managing director of digital marketing company Global Search Technologies.


Pinsent Masons has appointed Peter Rosher as partner to its construction arbitration team in Paris. He joins from Clifford Chance in Paris, where he spent 17 years in the international arbitration group representing clients across Europe, Asia and the Gulf, particularly in the construction and energy sectors. 

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) of counsel Thierry van Innis has quit the firm to launch a IP boutique with a former colleague from Allen & Overy (A&O). Van Innis has teamed up with A&O senior associate Dieter Delarue to launch Van Innis & Delarue, which will have offices in Antwerp and Brussels. A&O associate Heidi Waem is also joining the firm.

Dutch boutique Rutgers & Posch, which launched earlier this year with a group of partners from established Dutch firms, has strengthened its team with two new partners. Stibbe insolvency partner Karen Harmsen and Linklaters counsel Kees Westerman will both move to the firm.

Austrian firm CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has expanded its antitrust practice with the addition of Schoenherr associate Michael Mayer. His main practice areas include merger control and antitrust proceedings, compliance, and dawn raids.

Schoenherr has hired public procurement lawyer Johannes Stalzer as a counsel to head its public procurement team. Stalzer was previously a partner at Weber & Co.

Jones Day has hired Allen & Overy (A&O) tax partner Siamak Mostafavi as a partner. Mostafavi has been a partner at A&O since 1999, when he was part of a three-partner hire from Gide Loyrette Nouel. He is bringing an associate with him to Jones Day and will help develop the US firm’s finance practice in France and globally.

Sullivan & Cromwell has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Patrick Bonvarlet as senior counsel. Bonvarlet will jointly head up the firm’s corporate team in France.

Racine has hired Dominique Tufféry-Kerhervé as a partner in its corporate and tax teams in Nantes. Tufféry-Kerhervé was previously corporate general counsel for Noble Age, a company focusing on retirement homes and healthcare for elderly people.

North America

Fasken Martineau has added former Ontario premier Mike Harris as a senior business adviser in its Toronto office. Harris served as premier of Ontario from 1995 to 2002 and as a member of provincial parliament from 1981 to 2002. Since his retirement from government Harris has served on a number of boards including Element Financial Corp., Canaccord Financial, Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT and FirstService Corporation.


Baker & McKenzie has added corporate and M&A partner Dhiren Ganasen and tax of counsel Mark Preiss to its Johannesburg office. Ganasen has a broad M&A practice and expertise in rail and transport infrastructure projects, a fast-growing sector in Southern Africa. He joins from Webber Wentzel, where he was a partner. Preiss advises major South African corporates and financial institutions on South African, African and international tax issues.  He joins from Ernst & Young, where he was an associate director.

Asia Pacific

Vinson & Elkins is relocating Beijing-based energy partners Paul Deemer and Rob Patterson to London and Moscow respectively in a further reduction of its Chinese capabilities. The two partner moves will furthur reduce Vinson & Elkins’ China presence to six partners across the firm’s Beijing and Hong Kong bases.


Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Joanna Taylor as a special counsel in its banking and finance practice based in Melbourne. She focuses on project  transactions in the power, transport, renewable energy, water and health sectors including PPPs. Taylor has experience in advising sponsors and financiers on Australian and cross-border transactions, and was previously executive counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne.

The bar


David Malone is leaving 1 Gray’s Inn Square, where he was head of chambers, to join criminal and regulatory set Red Lion Chambers, formerly known as 18 Red Lion Court. Malone joined chambers in 1998 as a pupil before gaining tenancy in the Temple. He then returned to the set and, in 2010, was elected head of chambers.