Moves 28 October

Move of the week


Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has hired Jeremiah Wagner (pictured) and Bruce Bloomingdale as partners in its capital markets practice. Both join from Mayer Brown where Wagner was a banking and finance partner specialising in structured finance, derivative transactions, securitisation, and regulatory issues. Bloomingdale was head of the London banking and finance team focusing on financial transactions and cross border securitisation. 



Brown Rudnick has hired Sophie McGrath as a partner in the corporate team of the London office. Joining from Morrison & Foerster, where she was of counsel, McGrath will concentrate on matters including private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and restructurings.



Ian Robino and Steve Bull have joined Black Lapthorne as senior associate and solicitor. Robino joins from Vodafone UK, where he was legal director, helping to build up the business to a global telecoms company. Bull joins from Glanvilles where he was a solicitor in the business and commercial services department. He regularly advises on company matters such as start-ups, shareholder agreements and corporate governance issues.

Shoosmiths has hired IP partner Stuart Malcolm, who will primarily be based at the firm’s Reading office. Dual-qualified Malcolm will also advise clients in Scotland and help develop ACH Shoosmiths in Edinburgh. He formerly ran his own law firm.


Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo is taking on Irwin Mitchell’s offices in Madrid and Marbella, with the two firms also signing an alliance to work together in the future. Irwin Mitchell and Cremades signed an agreement which will see the Spanish firm absorb the two offices.

Swedish firm Magnusson has launched its third office in a year, opening in Ukraine with the hire of a partner from Cypriot firm Andreas Neocleous & Co. Anton Prysyazhnyuk, previously managing partner of Andreas Neocleous’s Kiev office, will lead a team of 10 lawyers from a number of firms including Baker & McKenzie, Linklaters, Russia’s Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners and Austrian firm Schoenherr.

White & Case has opened an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, marking its second base in the country. The office will be headed by energy partner Maxim Telemtayev, who manages the firm’s operations in Kazakhstan and will split his time between Astana and Almaty. He joined the firm’s Almaty office in 2011 from Macleod Dixon, where he was the managing partner for the firm’s practice in Kazakhstan.


K&L Gates’ San Francisco office has hired Paul Lacourciere as a partner in the energy & infrastructure projects practice. He joins K&L Gates from Greenbridge Corporate Counsel and has experience of the wind energy and solar electricity industries. He has negotiated equipment supply, installation, and service agreements for wind energy projects throughout the US and Canada.

Middle East

Gurmeet Kaur has joined the Middle East projects team at Eversheds as a legal director. She will be based at the Dubai office and will work with the global energy and infrastructure groups. Previously, Kaur was Wragge & Co’s head of UAE projects.

Asia Pacific

Chinese firm Han Kun Law Offices has appointed US qualified lawyer Mike Chiang as a senior counsel in Shanghai. Chiang joins from Shanghai firm AllBright, where he practised for eight years. Prior to AllBright, he worked at Jones Day’s Taipei office. He advises on both transactional and dispute resolution matters.

White & Case has promoted Beijing-based banking lawyer David Li to partnership in the firm’s recent global promotion round. Li, a Singaporean national, has been based in Beijing since 2006. He advises clients on a range of equity and debt financing transactions in Asia. Among the 18 lawyers made up, Singapore-based Thomas Benedict is the only other lawyer promoted in Asia. Benedict is the head of the firm’s white collar practice in Asia.

Withers will relocate its head of international finance and projects practice Denis Petkovic from London to Hong Kong, as the firm extends its offering in Asia. Petkovic, who has 30 years experience, will lead the firm’s initiative to build an Asian regional corporate and finance team from Hong Kong. In addition to the senior relocation, Withers has added seven partners in Hong Kong and Singapore through internal promotions and lateral hires in the past year.

Stephenson Harwood has added three lawyers in its Greater China offices. Corporate lawyer Hugh Dong has joined the firm’s Beijing office as a legal director from Beijing King & Bond law firm, where he was a partner. Wealth management lawyer Peter Hodson and commercial litigation lawyer join the firm’s Hong Kong office as consultants. Hodson, previously a managing director of a trust company in Hong Kong, will also serve as head of trust at Stephenson Harwood. Fewins was previously a counsel of Clyde & Co’s Hong Kong office and her practice focuses on employment law and intellectual property.


 K&L Gates has hired five partners across Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from international and Australian rivals. In Perth, the firm has added former Squire Sanders partner Amber Stanton to its energy, infrastructure and resources practice, and employment partner Andrew Kennedy, who was previously the legal service manager of mining company Newmont Australia. In Sydney, employment partner Christa Lenard joins from
Clayton Utz and tax partner Betsy-Ann Howe joins from Sparke Helmore. In Melbourne, the firm has hired tax partner Alan Maclean from HWL Ebsworth.

Hall & Wilcox has appointed Natasha Toholka as a special counsel in its commercial dispute resolution team. Toholka was previously a special counsel of Minter Ellison’s Melbourne office. She has more than 10  years of experience in litigation, particularly in matters related to insolvency, banking and finance and securities enforcement