Move of the week
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has ramped up its London asset-backed securitisation team with the hire of two partners from Mayer Brown into its global capital markets practice. US securitisation and structured finance partners Bruce Bloomingdale and Jeremiah Wagner (pictured) join Cadwalader a year after their former colleague Stephen Day.
Covington & Burling has added Charlotte Hill to its London office as partner. Hill advises financial institutions on regulatory and commercial matters, and has extensive experience in assisting fund management companies, banks, corporate finance houses, brokers and other financial institutions on regulatory, compliance and commercial matters. She arrives from Stephenson Harwood.
Dentons has added Babette Märzheuser-Wood to its London office as a partner in the TMT department. Märzheuser-Wood joins from Field Fisher Waterhouse and her practice involves advising on international franchise, management and development agreements including IP-driven joint ventures. She has transactional experience in all 28 EU countries and has worked in Germany, Hong Kong and London advising clients on international transactions.
Russell-Cooke has hired private client associate Christopher Salomons. Salomons joins from Withers where he worked in the international wealth planning department. He has experience in tax, estate planning and trusts and advises clients on general estate planning including residence and domicile issues, inheritance tax planning and trust structuring.
South West firm Stephens Scown has hired associate Nigel Coveney to its commercial property team. He joins with over 20 years’ experience in property development, representing investors, banks, lenders and charities in the South West. He has also worked for local authorities, regional development agencies and government departments. Coveney was most recently an associate at Foot Anstey.
Hull’s Andrew Jackson has appointed Mark Pearson-Kendall as managing partner. Having joined the firm in 1996 as a trainee Pearson-Kendall gained promotion to partner by 2004. Previous managing partner Rob Penrose has retired after 10 years in the role and more than 30 years at Andrew Jackson.
Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley has hired Simon Lockley, a dispute resolution partner from HLW Keebles, to head the Sheffield dispute resolution department.
Norton Rose Fulbright has strengthened its Brussels presence with the hire of long-standing Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton corporate and competition partner James Modrall. Modrall advised on aspects of last year’s takeover of financial services company GlobeOp by TPG and has also been involved in Ryanair’s long-running bid for rival Aer Lingus. He has been a partner at Cleary for 18 years. He advises on the competition aspects of M&A and financial services.
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has picked up Loyens & Loeff senior counsel Damien Conem as a partner in its corporate team. Conem joins along with two associates, Fanny Guilbert and Raphael Piront.
Belgian firm Koan has hired Bird & Bird partner Ludo Deklerck as an equity partner. Deklerck worked at Bird & Bird for three years and will strengthen Koan’s corporate team, particularly in the life sciences sector.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s only Vienna partner Rainer Wachter is set to leave after a review concluded the office was no longer viable. Corporate partner Wachter will move to Austrian firm CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, which was tied to Skadden when the firm set up in Austria in 1993. He will continue to take on work for Skadden as external counsel.
Schoenherr has hired Johannes Stalzer as a counsel to head its public procurement team. Stalzer joins from Austrian outfit Weber & Co, where he was a partner.
Czech firm Weinhold Legal has promoted Martin Lukáš to its partnership. Lukáš joined the firm in 1998 and works across practice areas, including corporate, arbitration and restructuring.
Bird & Bird’s Dutch office had added to its employment practice with the arrival of Marcus Huisman as a partner in its Hague office. He has experience in advising and litigating on all aspects of domestic and international employment law and was most recently a partner at Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma.
DLA Piper has appointed Antoine Mercier, formerly a partner at Dentons, as head of the real estate group in Paris.
Kirkland & Ellis has added former US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement director Robert Khuzami to its government, regulatory and internal investigations practice group as a partner based in the Washington DC and New York offices. He joins after leading the SEC’s enforcement division for four years, overseeing a significant restructuring. Former senior SEC official Kenneth Lench also joins the firm as a partner.
Newly established Chinese firm AnJie has recruited corporate lawyer Zhang Xianzhong as a partner in its Beijing head office. Zhang joins from Grandall and will focus on telecommunications, private equity and real estate. Anjie was established in October last year by a group of partners from large national firms including Grandall, Zhong Lun and Zhonglun W&D.
Hong Kong litigation boutique Gall has strengthened its employment practice with the hire of Baker & McKenzie Hong Kong partner Jennifer Van Dale. She was head of Bakers’ Hong Kong employment practice. She advises on contract negotiations, termination of employment and discrimination claims.
Simmons & Simmons has added a partner to its Hong Kong office. Gaven Cheong joins from the Hong Kong office of Sidley Austin, where he was a counsel in the investment funds practice. Cheong joined Sidley in 2006 as an associate and was promoted to counsel in 2012.
Sidley Austin has hired a team of three from the Singapore office Clifford Chance. They are counsel Josephine Law, senior associate Joel Seow and associate Reina Chua. All focus on investment funds.