Moves 4 November

Move of the week

Julie Teal

Withers has recruited partner Julie Teal to the firm’s London real estate group. Teal is a construction law specialist and joins the firm from construction practice Fenwick Elliott. Withers’ real estate group also continues its expansion with the hire of associates David Holland, who will join the rural real estate team from Wilsons Solicitors, and Eloise Morgan, who has joined from Falcon Chambers as a property litigator. Teal advises on non-contentious construction matters. 



Speechly Bircham has appointed James Meakin as a partner in its corporate tax team. He joins from Taylor Wessing, where he was a senior associate. Meakin’s expertise covers a range of sectors from technology and life sciences to real estate. Based in London, he will work closely with the firm’s wider tax team in Luxembourg and Switzerland to provide a collaborative approach to domestic and cross-border transactions.


Mishcon de Reya has hired partner Sally Britton. Britton will join the IP department. She joins from Pitmans, where she was a partner and head of trade marks. Prior to this she was part of the IP team at legacy Hammonds. Britton specialises in trade mark and design filing, portfolio management and IP infringements.



Solicitor Nick Palmer has joined the Taylor Vinters corporate team from Teacher Stern, where he was an associate. Skilled in a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, his recent work includes acting for a media group in arranging a pre-liquidation corporate reorganisation.


Réka Berekméri-Varró has joined Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Budapest office as an associate. Before joining Gide Loyrette Nouel, she worked at Kajtár Takács Hegymegi-Barakonyi Baker&McKenzie as a senior associate in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare practice group.

Olswang has hired partners Karine Audouze and Emeline Peltier. Employment partner Audouze was formerly a partner at Hoche and is dual-qualified having passed the New York bar. Real estate partner Peltier was at Dentons and previously worked at Mayer Brown.

Belgian firm Koan, based in Brussels and Paris, has hired Ludo Deklerck as an equity partner. Deklerck is recognised for his expertise in complex corporate and commercial transactions and his knowledge of the life sciences sector, both pharmaceutical and biotech. He arrives from Bird & Bird, where he was part of the corporate and life sciences department, and a member of the firm’s US strategy team.

Jones Day has hired Bojan Savic, who has joined the firm’s Munich office as a partner in its IP practice. Before joining Jones Day, Savic started his own firm, Savic Patentanwälte, in 2007. Prior to that, he was a partner at Viering & Jentschura, a Munich-based IP boutique.


K&L Gates has hired the former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection chief counsel as a Harrisburg partner. David Raphael joins the firm’s environment, land and natural resources practice after two years at the department.

Two former Linklaters partners have joined Reed Smith in New York. Joseph Armao and Paul Alfieri have joined the firm’s global regulatory enforcement group. Both focus on white-collar criminal defence, government enforcement matters, corporate investigations and complex civil litigation.

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 joining AllBright he worked at Jones Day’s Taipei office. He advises on transactional and dispute resolution matters.

White & Case has promoted Beijing-based banking lawyer David Li to partnership in the firm’s most recent global promotion round. Li, a Singaporean national, has been based in Beijing since 2006. He advises clients on a wide 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 crime practice in Asia.

Withers is to relocate its head of international finance and projects, Denis Petkovic, from London to Hong Kong as the firm extends its offering in Asia. Petkovic, with 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, 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. Jezamine Fewins was previously a counsel
in Clyde & Co’s Hong Kong office and her practice focuses on employment law and IP.

RPC has hired mariner Donal Keaney, to be based in its Hong Kong office. Keaney has over 15 years’ seagoing and shore-side experience in the technical and commercial sectors of the shipping industry. His wide range of maritime expertise includes roles as a shipbroker, marine superintendent, ship superintendent, and senior officer on a number of ferries and cruise ships, and was navigator aboard the QEII.


DLA Piper has appointed Jim Delkousis to the position of global head of infrastructure and construction disputes, to be based in Australia. Delkousis has more than 20 years’ experience in major project disputes throughout the Asia Pacific region and, more recently, the Middle East, where he has led DLA Piper’s litigation and regulatory practice for the past six years.