Moves: 15 October 2012

Morrison & Foerster has boosted its Tokyo practice with a number of finance hires from the Toyko office of US firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Masahiro Shiga
Masahiro Shiga

Move of the Week

The firm has hired Japanese real estate finance partner Masahiro Shiga, who led the Japan real estate practice while at Skadden’s Tokyo office, in a bid to boost its finance group. Shiga brings Skadden associates Mori Inada and Mansu Pak with him.



Shearman & Sterling has boosted its derivatives and structured products group in London with the addition of James Duncan, who joins the firm from the banking and capital markets group of Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was a partner.

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has added six associates to its commercial litigation team. The new associates are: Katie Wright, formerly a trainee at US firm K&L Gates; Chris Ross, who trained at Herbert Smith; Alan Williams, a banking litigation lawyer who joins from Slaughter and May; Adam Forster, a commercial litigator from Cobbetts; Jessica Wicker, a tax specialist who was at McGrigors before it merged with Pinsent Masons; and Daniel Wyatt, who will join the firm in November from the London office of US firm Dechert.

Field Fisher Waterhouse has announced the appointment of corporate partner Jonathan Brooks, who joins the firm’s equity capital markets practice from Maclay Murray & Spens, where he was head of the firm’s capital markets group specialising in corporate finance.

South East

IBB Solicitors has announced the appointment of Bill Bidder as its new head of real estate. Bidder was formerly a partner at Speechly Bircham and will be based in IBB’s Uxbridge office.

Rebecca Carriage
Rebecca Carriage

Howes Percival

has expanded its specialist planning team with the addition of minerals, waste and environmental law expert Rebecca Carriage to its Norwich office. Formerly an associate at Mills & Reeve, Carriage joins the firm as a consultant.


Chester- and Manchester-based Aaron & Partners has hired Susie Allen as an employment solicitor in its Chester office. Allen was previously a senior solicitor at DAC Beechcroft.

Channel Islands

Marcus Stemmer-Baldwin
Marcus Stemmer-Baldwin

Jersey law firm Sinels has appointed Marcus Stemmer-Baldwin to head its litigation and dispute re solution practice. Marcus joins Sinels from the Cayman Islands law firm Ritch & Conolly, where he was an attorney.


Paul Adamson has joined Covington & Burling’s government affairs practice group in Brussels as senior European policy adviser. He was most recently editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an online magazine about Europe.

Eversheds has hired employment partners Philippe Desprès and Déborah Attali to its Paris office. The pair join the firm from the Paris office of US outfit Winston & Strawn, where they were both partners in the firm’s global labour and employment group.

Ashurst has boosted its competition practice in Munich with the appointment of partner Ute Zinsmeister, who is currently based in Ashurst’s Brussels office, to head its competition group.

Squire Sanders has extended its labour and employment practice in Prague with the hire of partner and former head of employment at Baker & McKenzie Karin Konstantinovová. She joins the practice with colleague Hana Machýčková, an employment lawyer also from Bakers.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has hired a third partner from Shearman & Sterling in Germany as it bulks up its German offering. Tax partner Johannes Frey joins Skadden after six years as a partner at Shearman. He rejoins former colleagues Stephan Hutter and Katja Kaulamo, who were hired by Skadden earlier this year.


Dechert has added Aisha Hunt as a partner in its San Francisco office as a partner in its financial services group. Hunt was most recently a partner at Cole-Frieman Mallon & Hunt. Before that she was a senior counsel at Wells Fargo Bank and vice president of Wells Fargo Funds Management, and also served as associate general counsel at Dodge & Cox, an independent investment management firms in the US.


White & Case is strengthening the English law side of its finance practice in Japan with the hire of Clifford Chance’s former Tokyo head Tim Jeffares as an of counsel. Jeffares was head of Clifford Chance’s Tokyo office from 2004 to 2008, when he moved to the firm’s Frankfurt office.

Baker & McKenzie Beijing-based corporate partner Pui Hong Chik has joined Linklaters’ Beijing office as a partner. The appointment follows the hire of two partners to Linklaters’ Beijing corporate practice in May.

Dechert has announced that Lewis Ho has joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner in the corporate and securities practice. Ho was most recently a resident partner in the Beijing office of Simmons & Simmons.


Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson has been appointed head of direct tax litigation at KPMG in the UK. He joins from US law firm Dorsey & Whitney, where he was a partner in the firm’s tax litigation team.