Moves: 21 January 2013


Move of the week

Baker & McKenzie’s Tokyo office (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) has hired partner Kensaku Takase. He has joined the IP/IT/electric commerce group and will mainly be involved in cross-border IP matters. He was previously of counsel with Hogan Lovells’ IP group in Tokyo.



Wedlake Bell has added senior banking and finance lawyer Rhodri Davies as a partner from Addleshaw Goddard, where he was a director of its projects and finance division.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has appointed Mike Pierides to its partnership. Pierides joins the global sourcing practice from Pinsent Masons, where he was a TMT and sourcing group partner.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has taken Helena Derbyshire from Shoosmiths as of counsel. Derbyshire will add to the UK employment law capability of the firm. She was a partner at Shoosmiths.

Thomas Eggar has expanded its private client team with the appointment of tax adviser Andrew Watters as a director. Watters was previously a director with Berwin Leighton Paisner.


Stephensons Solicitors has appointed its first non-lawyer partner, costs head Neil Ireland-Davies, following its conversion to an ABS.

Addleshaw Goddard has hired legal director Emma Greenwood for its Leeds-based corporate practice from Schofield Sweeney, where she was a partner.

Goldsmith Williams has appointed Michael Davidson to its senior team as head of strategy and sales. He was a senior account/development manager with Minster Law.


Corporate partner Peter McLintock has joined Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office. McLintock was previously a partner at Squire Sanders for eight years.


Former consultant at Knights Solicitors real estate lawyer Gavin Patience has joined the Birmingham office of SGH Martineau as a consultant in the rural business practice.


Real estate partner Chris Harte has been elected as the new chief executive of Morton Fraser. He takes over from Duncan Murray, who has overseen the firm’s merger with Macdonalds.


Wolfgang Hölters has joined the Düsseldorf office of Jones Day from Hölters & Elsing.

PLMJ has promoted five lawyers to its partnership and made up seven new senior associates. The partners are: Eduardo Nogueira Pinto (employment); Daniel Reis (TMT); Rita Alarcão Júdice (real estate); Maria João Mata (corporate and M&A); and Bárbara Godinho Correia (corporate and M&A). The senior associates are: Joaquim Pedro Torres and Eliana Bernardo (employment); Carolina Meireles and Rita Albuquerque (corporate and M&A); Sandra Pereira de Almeida (litigation and arbitration); Tiago Serrão (public law); and Manuel Liberal Jerónimo in the Oporto office.

Noerr has promoted seven new partners. The new equity partners are: Alexander Jänecke; Till Kosche; Jens Liese; and Ralph Nack. Nominated as senior counsel (salaried partners) are Michaela Engel, Sylvia Kaufhold and Detlev Strässer. Elisabeth Thole, head of Van Doorne’s privacy team, has been promoted to counsel.

North America

Morgan Lewis has hired Will Iwaschuk as a partner in its New York investment management and securities industry practice from Goldman Sachs, where he was associate general counsel.

Daryll Vann Marshall has joined Dykemain Chicago as a senior counsel in the corporate finance practice group. Marshall moves from Kirkland & Ellis, where he was a corporate partner.

Debevoise & Plimpton has promoted Gavin Anderson to international counsel in Hong Kong, and Dmitriy Tartakovskiy and David Wicklund to counsel in New York.

Fasken Martineau has promoted 14 lawyers to its partnership. They are: Sergio Custodio, Johanna Fipke, KC Miu, Steve Saville in Vancouver; Alex Cameron, Antonio Di Domenico, Brad Freelan and Daye Kaba in Toronto; Jean Michel Lapierre, Élise Renaud, Francis Trifiro and David Turgeon in Montréal; and Laurence Déry and Kimberley Okell in Québec.

Charles Clapton has joined Hogan Lovells’ health practice in Washington DC as a partner. He was previously health policy director of the US Senate Committee on health, education, labor and pensions.

Asia Pacific

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has appointed attorney Rose Zhu as a corporate partner in its Beijing office from K&L Gates, where she was a partner in capital markets, M&A and bank financing.

Mayer Brown JSM has added consultant Ben Thompson from Allen & Overy. He joins the project finance offering Singapore.



Harney Westwood & Riegels has promoted corporate and finance lawyers Margarita Hadjitofi and Simon Hudd to partners in Cyprus and London respectively.


Paul Omar, professor of international and comparative insolvency law at Nottingham Law School, has been appointed as a consultant to the International Finance Corporation, a division of the World Bank.

The bar

Stephen Cobb QC has been appointed as a High Court judge in the family division.