Moves: 18 November 2013



Gherson has hired solicitor Thomas Garner to establish an extradition practice in response to increasing demand from clients at risk of extradition. Garner, who has nearly a decade of experience in advising in serious crime and extradition, joins from Lansbury Worthington, where he was a solicitor and higher court advocate.

Fasken Martineau has hired Elizabeth Uwaifo and Francis Nwokedi as banking and finance partners. Uwaifo has built a practice advising banks, alternative financial institutions, insurance companies and corporate institutions on their financing, hedging and risk management arrangements, while Nwokedi has more than 20 years’ experience in structured finance including securitisation, structured credit derivatives, project finance and Sharia-compliant capital markets transactions. Uwaifo joins from Sidley Austin, where she was a partner, while Nwokedi was legal counsel at UniCredit Bank.

Fladgate has hired corporate partner Marc Sosnow from Teacher Stern, where he was co-head of the hotels practice. He specialises in cross-border M&A, junior capital markets transactions and corporate advisory work, and has a particular expertise advising entrepreneurs and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Katten Muchin Rosenman UK has hired Barry Breen. Breen will join the London office as a partner in the financial services practice and will continue to focus on advising investment management and fund clients on hedge fund, infrastructure and private equity matters. He was previously of counsel at Sidley Austin.

Humphries Kerstetter has hired Genevieve Quierin and Stephanie Milano as senior associates. Both solicitors have joined from Linklaters.


Move of the week


Simon Cook has joined Sullivan & Worcester’s new London office as a partner in the London-based team of seven lawyers focusing on structured trade and commodities finance in emerging markets. He joins from Dentons, where he was a partner. His work in the structured trade area covers a range of pre-export, prepayment and receivables financings acting both for lenders and borrowers notably in the oil, telecoms, soft commodities and metals sectors. He has particular experience in Africa and the Middle East.



Bevan Brittan has promoted two senior associates to partner in its commercial and infrastructure practices. Jonathan Turner specialises in outsourcing and development opportunities with a particular focus on asset management, facilities management and other built environment-related services across local government, housing and health sectors. Matthew Waters specialises in social investment and strategic commissioning projects with local government, health and charity clients.

(l-r): Clarke, Davies
(l-r): Clarke, Davies

Lester Aldridge has promoted two solicitors to associate. Joanne Clarke and Kimberley Davies are both in the firm’s family team based in Bournemouth. Davies secured a role in the family team in 2009 after completing her training contract with the firm, while Clarke joined the team in 2001 as a legal executive and went on to qualify as a solicitor. They both provide advice on resolving disputes concerning couples, families and their relationships, as well as advising on fertility and surrogacy law issues.



Bury-based law firm Clough & Willis has appointed Guy Lachlan as an associate solicitor. Lachlan advises businesses from sole traders to national organisations in sectors such as healthcare, engineering, food, insurance, utilities and retail. He has joined from Thursfields Solicitors in Worcestershire.


Linklaters has expanded its Paris arbitration group with the hire of a three-partner team from Paris-based Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. The firm has hired duo Pierre Duprey and Matthieu de Boisséson, who created the arbitration team at Darrois, as well as Roland Ziadé from Cleary, where he was counsel. Arbitrator Boisséson is also a door tenant with Littleton Chambers. The firm has also added Andrew Plump from Darrois as counsel.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has hired Gide Loyrette Nouel tax partner Gilbert Ladreyt . Ladreyt has been a partner at Gide since 1994, and managed the firm’s Beijing office from 1999 to 2002. De Gaulle Fleurance has also hired real estate specialist Nathalie Garnier as senior counsel. Garnier most recently worked in the property sector as general director of Newland Development in France and Poland.



In New York, Jackson Lewis has hired Marko Maglich as an immigration practice partner. Maglich previously served as director of White & Case’s corporate US immigration law practice and has more than 10 years’ workplace immigration law experience.

Middle East

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired banking of counsel Robin Balmer. Balmer joins from Clifford Chance in Dubai where he was a senior banking lawyer in the Islamic finance team. He has more than nine years’ experience in the Middle East, with a focus on the Saudi market.


Asia Pacific

Beijing-headquartered Global Law Office has hired Zhao Bojia as a partner in its securities department in Beijing. Zhao joins from Beijing capital markets boutique Jia Yuan, where she was a partner. Her practice focuses on onshore and offshore public offerings, M&A and private equity transactions.

Australian firm Hopgood Ganim has hired qualified Australian lawyer Michael Wadley in Shanghai as a senior China consultant. Wadley
is the firm’s first on-the-ground representation in China. Wadley, a resident of Shanghai for 13 years, has gained extensive experience over the past 20 years providing corporate advisory and legal services on China-related matters.

Simmons & Simmons has appointed Joseph Chu as a dispute resolution partner in its Beijing office. Chu joins from Clifford Chance’s
Beijing office, where he was a consultant. He focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation, particularly in cross-border investment disputes and regulatory investigations.