Dewey raids Clifford Chance for Rome team

Dewey & LeBoeuf has bolstered its Rome office with the hire of a Clifford Chance team.

M&A partner Tiziana Del Prete has joined Dewey & LeBoeuf as an equity partner, bringing three associates with her. She is also joined by Guido Masini, a capital markets counsel at Clifford Chance in Rome, who enters the Dewey & LeBoeuf partnership. Masini brings two associates with him.

Bruno Gattai, Dewey & LeBoeuf Italy managing partner, said: “We are delighted to welcome our two newest Italian partners and their associates to Dewey & LeBoeuf’s burgeoning Italian practice. Tiziana and Guido are the perfect addition in order for us to reach a critical mass in the Rome office. They match exactly our culture, our client focus and approach to the legal profession.”

Clifford Chance was unavailable for comment.

This is the latest clutch of hires from Dewey & LeBoeuf since it was created by the merger of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. In January (The Lawyer, 7 January) the firm opened in Dubai after poaching Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partners Gavin Watson and Chris Sioufi.

The firm has also already turned to Clifford Chance, hiring Frankfurt tax counsel Bela Jansen at the end of last year (, 6 December 2007).