Moves: 27 February 2012

Move of the week

Squire Sanders is to launch an office in Singapore after hiring three partners from US rival Bryan Cave in Hong Kong and Singapore. Ignatius Hwang, previously managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Singapore office, has been tasked with spearheading the launch of Squire Sanders’ Singapore office. The office is expected to open at the end of March, when the firm obtains a license. Corporate partner Mao Tong and international dispute resolution partner Peter Chow (above) have also joined Squire Sanders in Hong Kong. Tong was formerly managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Hong Kong office and Chow headed its international arbitration and dispute resolution practice in Asia.




Mayer Brown is set to lose its head of real estate and head of debt capital markets in London to two raids by US firms. Peter Sugden, who has led the London real estate group since 2009, is joining Katten Muchin Rosenman as London managing partner, while head of debt capital markets Drew Salvest will join Jones Day’s London office.

Charles Russell has added Bob Mecrate-Butcher as a partner in its employment and pensions team. He joins from Pinsent Masons, where he was also a partner.

Greenberg Traurig Maher has promoted two lawyers to its partnership: corporate and securities specialists Kate Eades and James Mountain.

US firm Arnold & Porter has hired Anna Buscall as a partner in its London office. The corporate lawyer joins from Allen & Overy, where she was a partner.

Mishcon de Reya has strengthened its tax and wealth planning team with the arrival of Kassim Beghjee as a partner. He joins from Steptoe & Johnson, where he was also a partner.


Wright Hassall has promoted commercial lawyer Christine Jackson, litigator Gemma Carson, residential development head Claire Waring and IT director Matt Cleverdon to its partnership, taking the firm’s total number of partners to 36.


Manchester’s JMW has boosted its business crime and regulation team with the appointment of Chris Proctor as a partner from Geoffrey Miller, where he had the same role, and Laura Hadzik as a solicitor from Aaron & Partners. Hadzik was previously a solicitor in Aaron’s road transport and regulatory team.

Yorkshire firm Gordons is set to launch a charities and education unit headed by newly recruited partner Ros Harwood, previously partner and head of charities at Dickinson Dees.

Lancashire firm Marsden Rawsthorn has promoted family solicitor Sahida Ahmed to equity partner. Family head Libby Daultrey becomes a partner, while associate Mark Alexander

is promoted from associate to partner and head of commercial development. Separately, the firm has promoted solicitor Laura Hallett to associate and head of landlord and tenant.


Brodies has added three partners and an associate to its Aberdeen office. Oil and gas specialist Sonia Love, agricultural specialist Clive Phillips and private client lawyer Mark Stewart join as partners, while corporate lawyer Suzanne Hopkinson joins as an associate. Love and Stewart join from Stronachs, where they were an associate and a partner respectively, Phillips joins from Ledingham Chalmers, where he was a partner, and Hopkinson joins from The Law Agency, where she was a consultant.


Eversheds has appointed Justin McGettigan as head of its Dublin tax group. He has joined the firm from McCann FitzGerald, which has reappointed John Cronin as chairman for a further three years. 

Tonucci & Partners has become the first firm to hire a partner from Clifford Chance’s former Italian ally Grimaldi e Associati, which dissolved in December. Corporate finance and M&A lawyer Annalisa Pescatori is joining Tonucci in the new role of managing partner of the Milan office.

Paul Hastings has hired Baker & McKenzie corporate partners Regina Engelstaedter, Jan Gernoth and Ali Sahin in Frankfurt.



Herbert Smith has taken on Salans consultant Brenda Horrigan as a partner in Shanghai as the UK firm continues to build up its mainland China arbitration practice.

DLA Piper has appointed Sydney human rights partner Nicolas Patrick as head of pro bono and corporate responsibility for Emea. He will divide his time between Sydney and London, working in collaboration with Washington DC-based pro bono partner Lisa Dewey.

Mayer Brown JSM has hired Jin Ma as a senior associate in its global trade practice, based in Beijing. He joins from Winston & Strawn, where he was an associate.


Weil Gotshal & Manges had hired Dechert litigation partners Diane Sullivan and Kathleen O’Connor in New York.

Bass Berry & Sims has appointed John Kelly as Washington DC managing partner and a partner in its compliance and government investigations practice. He joins from Fulbright & Jaworski, where he was a partner.

US firm Hausfeld has promoted London associate Nicola Boyle to the partnership. She advises on competition, consumer and financial service complaints. This follows the hire of associate Samuel Manok-Sanoian from Ogier.

Nixon Peabody has hired Sean Haran as a partner for its government investigations and white collar defence practice in New York. He joins from Paul Hastings, where he was of counsel.


Channel Islands firm Collas Crill has appointed Edward Stone as a senior lawyer in its fiduciary team. He joins from Chaplin Benedicte & Co, where he was a consultant.