Marek Wierzbowski joins the Warsaw office as a banking and finance partner. He will run it alongside the current head, Tadeusz Komosa.
Linklaters securities and banking partner Philip Charlton is also joining the office from the Moscow operation. The office now has 30 fee earners, 10 of whom are partners.
Managing partner for central and eastern Europe Nick Eastwell describes Wierzbowski’s appointment as a coup.
He adds: “We have a strong Polish practice but it was geared towards inward investment. So we have built up the practice by bolting on international capabilities.”
Polish-qualified Wierzbowski has been with Weil Gotshal for five years. He joined the firm from fellow US practice Altheimer & Gray.
He chairs the supervisory board of the Warsaw stock exchange and is deputy chairman of the Polish chamber of commerce’s arbitration court.
Linklaters is also boosting its capability in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Partner Andrew Godwin and consultant Peter Corne are joining the Shanghai team while, in Hong Kong, US-qualified lawyer Richard Lucchese joins from Cravath Swaine & Moore.