Czech appointment

US law firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has appointed finance and securities specialist Vladimira Papirnik to replace Richard Sterling Surrey as the managing partner of the firm's Prague office. Sterling Surrey is moving to the London office. Since joining Squires' international corporate practice in Prague, Papirnik has specialised in bank regulation and restructuring. She was born in Kolin in the former Czechoslovakia, but has lived and worked in the US for much of her life.