Moves 16 December

Move of the week


CMS Cameron McKenna has named Penelope Warne as its first female senior partner, replacing former managing partner Dick Tyler. Warne, who is presently the firm’s managing director for the UK and head of the energy group, begins her four-year term on 1 May 2014. She has been with CMS since 1993, when she established the firm’s Aberdeen office, after which she set up bases in Edinburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai and Mexico.



Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired Nabarro real estate partner Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy to its London office. Pazzi-Axworthy advises on corporate and finance-driven transactions, and his clients include international domestic real estate funds and companies, and energy companies. He has advised clients in the renewable energy sector, particularly those involved with offshore wind and solar power. 

Ashurst has hired Linklaters debt capital markets partner Francis Kucera. Kucera has been with Linklaters since joining as a trainee in 1989. He works primarily from the firm’s City base but is a regular visitor to its Warsaw office, where he has held the post of co-managing partner since 2009. He specialises in international securities work, with an emphasis on financings in the CEE and CIS regions.


Farrer & Co has appointed Udo Onwere as an associate in the private client team. Onwere advises individuals on issues such as tax and estate planning, wills, probates, Court of Protection matters and powers of attorney. Before entering the law Onwere was a professional footballer, having played for the likes of Fulham and Blackpool. He joins from Thomas Eggar.

Ian Brierley has been appointed UK group head of real estate at DLA Piper two years after Simon Cookson was brought into the
role from Ashurst. Brierley took over as head of the real estate practice at DLA in October, with Cookson transferring to a purely fee-earning role.


Leeds firm Walker Morris has hired James Lawson as a director from Clarion Solicitors, where he was a partner for five years. The firm has also hired associates Andrew Brockett and Will Cousins from Bird & Bird and Nabarro, respectively. Both have experience in commercial real estate work including sales and purchases, and development projects. Emma Collins and James Bradbury also join the team as newly qualified solicitors, having trained with
the firm.


In Frankfurt, Kaye Scholer has hired Hartmut Renz as finance counsel. He will start in the position in the new year. Renz joins from Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, where he was group compliance officer, capital markets, for more than 10 years. He has experience in corporate compliance and regulatory matters in the finance and capital markets.

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin is continuing to expand in Luxembourg with two hires in its funds and corporate practices. Thomas Chevalier joins as counsel in the international funds practice. He previously worked as investment director and legal counsel for SL Capital Partners. Before this, he worked at  Clifford Chance and Linklaters along with Bertrand Geradin, who joins from Allen & Overy in Luxembourg.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired Ashurst partner Nikolaus von Jacobs to lead its private equity practice in Germany. Von Jacobs, who is based in Munich, was previously head of Ashurst’s German private equity team.

Dentons has added two partners to its Paris energy team as part of its focus on the francophone Africa energy market. It has appointed Ramin Hariri and Vincent Lacombe from France’s largest law firm Fidal. Both represent large energy and utilities companies and advise on tax and project finance matters in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.


In New York, Willkie Farr & Gallagher has hired Kirk A Radke to the private equity practice group as a partner. Radke has an extensive record representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies. He was previously a corporate partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ New York office.

Asia Pacific

Herbert Smith Freehills has named Tokyo managing partner Peter Godwin as regional head of disputes in Asia. Godwin will take the role with immediate effect, succeeding Gavin Lewis, who quit in September. Godwin joined legacy Herbert Smith in 1998 and was promoted to the partnership in 2002. He was initially based in the firm’s Hong Kong office and in 2000 relocated to Tokyo to establish the disputes practice in Japan. He was appointed managing partner of Tokyo office in 2010.


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has added King & Wood Mallesons’ former global head of disputes resolution Beau Deleuil to its Sydney office. Deleuil became a partner of legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques in 2001 in Perth and was Perth managing partner. He relocated to Sydney to become national managing partner for clients and markets as well as dispute resolution in 2011, following Mallesons’ tie-up with King & Wood.

The bar

Riverview Law has hired four new barristers to its team – Sarah Clarke from Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, Gabriel Fadipe from Wilberforce Chambers and 11 South Square duo Jacqueline Reid and Christopher Hall. They all join Riverview to boost its expertise in financial services, commercial/chancery and IP work.


Serle Court has added former King & Spalding partner Suzanne Rab to its membership. Her practice covers competition law and regulation.


American Express has named managing counsel Tim Heine as its interim general counsel. Heine will be standing in for current general counsel Louise Parent, who is joining Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as of counsel next spring after 20 years in the role. Heine will be based in New York.

The Co-operative Bank has named Brona McKeown as general counsel and company secretary, a month after announcing the splitting up of its legal function. McKeown joins from Coventry Building Society, where she was interim general counsel and corporate secretary.