Move of the week
Gunnercooke has hired four new partners. Tim Drake, Matthew Searle, Alistair Crellin and Peter Davis have joined the London office, founded in 2012. Drake was previously an equity partner at MJ Hudson. Searle has left his position as head of the corporate team at South West firm Adams and Remers. Crellin was previously a partner at Bird & Bird. Davis joins as a tax partner and was previously a partner at K&L Gates.
Stewarts Law has hired Emily Marshall as a professional support lawyer. Marshall previously worked in the same role at Irwin Mitchell, where she specialised primarily in family law. Prior to this, she was an associate in the litigation and arbitration team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Marshall has a wide range of experience in areas including negligence, family law and commercial disputes.
Mundays has hired Andrew Knorpel as a partner and as its new head of employment. Knorpel joins from ASB Law and brings experience in advising corporate restructures and outsourcing contracts. The main focus of his role will be to help expand the client base.
Bristol-headquartered TLT has appointed Dan Sweeney to its real estate group as a commercial property partner. Sweeney joins from Hill Dickinson, where he was a partner.
Black Country law firm George Green has appointed Paul Kettle as an associate. Kettle, who qualified in September 2005, will be based at George Green’s branch office in Wolverhampton. He joins the firm from Talbots Solicitors’ Wolverhampton office, where he was a solicitor, and specialises in the acquisition and disposal of both freehold and leasehold commercial properties. He is also experienced in all aspects of business leases and provides corporate support on the property aspects of business transactions.
Kennedys has recruited professional indemnity senior solicitor Alison Siniver to its Birmingham office. She joins Kennedys after spending 13 years at Browne Jacobson, where she was an associate. Siniver focuses primarily on claims against accountants, solicitors, barristers and insurance brokers.
Weightmans has appointed Deborah Rawlinson as an associate at its North West offices. She arrives from Hill Dickinson, where she was a partner, and specialises in all aspects of commercial property work, with a focus on the development and retail sectors. She will split her time between two of the firm’s North West offices in Manchester and Liverpool.
Racine has hired Dominique Tufféry-Kerhervé as a partner in its corporate and tax teams in Nantes. Tufféry-Kerhervé was previously corporate general counsel for Noble Age, a firm focusing on retirement homes and healthcare for elderly people.
CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre has appointed tax partner Daniel Gutmann as head of tax research. Gutmann replaces Jean-Yves Mercier, who is retiring.
US firm Morrison & Foerster is opening a base in Germany after agreeing to take on the whole of Hogan Lovells’ Berlin office. Nine partners led by corporate and technology partner Christoph Wagner are in talks to set up the firm’s first German venture. They include corporate and M&A trio Karin Arnold, Dirk Besse and Jörg Meissner, competition specialist Eckhard Bremer, TMT regulatory and antitrust partner Andreas Grünwald and litigation partner Thomas Keul.
K&L Gates has added Klaus Banke as a partner in its corporate and M&A practice in Frankfurt. Banke was previously counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. He advises international and German companies on M&A transactions and joint ventures as well as on general corporate law.
Stuttgart firm Menold Bezler has hired Gleiss Lutz partner Andreas Wölfle. Wölfle focuses on cross-border M&A and finance work. His appointment brings the number of partners at Menold Bezler to 31.
DLA Piper has appointed Horace Lam as a partner in its Beijing office. Lam will also assume the role of China IP head. He joins from Jones Day, where he has been a partner since 2011. He was previously the head of China IP and Beijing office managing partner at Hogan Lovells. Lam will join three other fee-earners from Jones Day: Stacy Yuan, Alicia Ma and Helen Ding.
Latham & Watkins has hired corporate partner Liu Ji from Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong office. Liu focuses on US securities law and capital markets transactions and spent 16 years based in the US, half of it in Silicon Valley. He joined Norton Rose in 2011 as a partner from Shearman & Sterling’s Menlo Park office, where he was a senior associate.
Herbert Smith Freehills has hired two partners in Australia, with corporate partner David Ryan joining from Baker & McKenzie and financial partner David Lyons arriving from Norton Rose Fulbright. Ryan was previously a partner and the global head of mining and metals at Bakers in Sydney, where he had practised for 14 years, while Lyons was previously a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Brisbane office.
K&L Gates has added Alex Eastwood as a partner in its energy, infrastructure and resources practice in Perth. Eastwood joins from Gryphon Minerals, where he served as general counsel. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in advising ASX-listed and private companies, predominantly in the energy and resources, mining services and technology sectors. In the past 14 months, Eastwood played an integral role in Gryphon Minerals’ senior management team, advising on corporate governance, executive remuneration, and legal aspects relating to the approval and project funding of the Banfora Gold Project in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Norton Rose Fulbright has relocated banking and finance partner Leigh Borrello from Singapore to its Sydney office. Borrello focuses on aircraft, ship and structured finance transactions. He is the third partner to transfer to Australia from elsewhere in the firm’s global network in the past year, following Chris Redden from Hong Kong and Jake Howard from London.