Moves: 18 March 2013

Move of the week


McDermott Will & Emery has hired a three-partner team from the Paris office of Canadian firm Fasken Martineau in a bid to strengthen its African energy expertise. Fasken partners Jean-Claude Petilon, Liliane Doukouré and Matthieu Adam all join McDermott’s energy advisory practice group. Petilon is joining as senior counsel while Doukouré and Adam will be counsel at their new firm.



SNR Denton has hired Sylvain Dhennin. He has joined the firm’s London office as a partner in the banking and finance practice. Dhennin joins from the London office of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, where he was a senior associate.


Brown Rudnick has appointed Tim Matthews as a partner in the London office. Matthews, formerly a partner at WilmerHale, joins the firm’s corporate practice.

SJ Berwin has appointed financial services regulatory partner Tim Dolan to its financial markets group in London. He will rejoin SJ Berwin from Pinsent Masons. He moved from SJ Berwin in 2007 to help establish Pinsent Masons’ financial services regulatory team, which he led.

HowardKennedyFsi has appointed Cubism Law partner Dan Hyde as partner in its business crime and regulatory department.



Hill Dickinson has appointed partner Barry Gibb and associate Paula Warnock to its Manchester employment and pensions team. Gibb joins from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pensions department having worked for Hill Dickinson for four years from 2007 to 2011. Warnock joins from Mercer’s Legal Consulting.


Linklaters is set to lose three partners, a consultant and an associate from its Paris capital markets team to US firm White & Case. The team comprises debt capital market (DCM) partners Cenzi Gargaro, Philippe Herbelin and Séverin Robillard, consultant Gilles Endréo and associate Thomas Le Vert, who also joins White & Case’s Paris DCM team as a partner. Endréo was a partner at the magic circle firm until recently and also becomes a partner at the US firm alongside the rest of the quintet.

French independent LMBE Avocats has appointed Fasken Martineau partner Sylvain Beaumont as a partner in its economic law team. Beaumont joins LMBE after two and a half years as a partner at Fasken.

Weil Gotshal & Manges Paris partner Laurent Faugérolas has left both legal practice and France to set up a corporate advisory boutique in London specialising in the oil and gas sector. Faugérolas, acknowledged as one of the Paris market’s corporate stars, joined Weil Gotshal from Willkie Farr & Gallagher in 2011. He left the firm in December 2012 to set up M&A advisory boutique LF Advising, acting on transactions with a focus on the energy sector.

French corporate boutique Redlink has picked up two partners from Nixon Peabody’s dissolving Paris office, bringing the number of partners at the firm to eight. Corporate partner Emmanuelle Porte and tax partner Jean-Sébastien Dumont are joining Redlink along with corporate of counsel Sylvie Hamel.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton corporate partner Jürgen Sieger is moving to DLA Piper, taking up the role of German corporate head, in a significant boost for the firm. Sieger will begin work at DLA Piper’s Cologne office on 1 July. Cleary lawyer Jan Eltzschig is also moving to DLA Piper, and will begin work as a counsel in April.

Graf von Westphalen has added to its Shanghai team with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer Alexandra Hansmeyer. Hansmeyer practised corporate law at Freshfields in Berlin and London for more than eight years and spent a year on secondment to an investment bank in London.

Luther has hired corporate litigator Eike Dirk Eschenfelder as a partner in its Frankfurt office. Eschenfelder joins Luther from GSK Stockmann & Kollegen, where he was an equity partner.

Baker & McKenzie has hired state counsel Pablo Dorronsoro as partner in charge of its public law department in Madrid. Until recently, Dorronsoro was a partner at CMS Albiñana & Suarez de Lezo. Dorronsoro is an expert in administrative disputes and advice to companies in the energy, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors, as well as other industries regulated by public law.

Baker & McKenzie has hired Michele Santocchini as a counsel in its Rome tax team. Santocchini joins from Deloitte, where he was a partner. He advises multinational and Italian companies on cross-border transactions, international and local tax planning and tax litigation. Meanwhile, the firm has relocated partner Marco Marazzi from Shanghai to Milan to advise Chinese investors interested in the Italian and European markets, and assist Italians investing in the Chinese market.

Withers has appointed a partner from offshore firm Appleby to set up a pan-European investment funds practice. Matthew Feargrieve joins Withers’ Zurich office after three years in the offshore firm’s Swiss base. He joined Appleby from Mourant Ozannes legacy firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune in 2010.


Shanwu Yuan, a former senior official in China’s State Administration of Taxation, has joined Baker & McKenzie’s global tax practice as a director in the New York office.

The Washington DC and Houston offices of K&L Gates have hired Steven Sparling and David Wochner respectively as partners in the firm’s energy practice. They join K&L Gates from Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where they were partners.

Asia Pacific

Jones Day has appointed Gene Buttrill as a capital markets practice partner in its Hong Kong office. Formerly a partner with Proskauer Rose, Buttrill will be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Latham & Watkins has hired Ing Loong Yang as a partner in the Hong Kong litigation department. A senior litigator with more than 25 years’ experience, Yang was previously a Sidley Austin partner.

Sparke Helmore has appointed Tim Castle as a partner in its commercial and projects group in its Sydney office. Before joining Sparke Helmore, Castle was a partner at Gilbert & Tobin.