Moves: 5 March 2012

Linklaters corporate partner Mark Stamp is leaving the firm to join US firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

Mark Stamp
Mark Stamp

Move of the week

Stamp, one of the magic circle firm’s top M&A partners, has advised major clients, including pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca, and advised the Government on the sale of the Tote to Betfred last year. He also counts Sainsbury’s as a longstanding client, with the City partner advising the supermarket chain on its 2009 £445m capital-raising.



Squire Sanders is launching a shipping team in London following the hire of three partners. The new team will be led by Graham Harris and Dharmendra Nair, who both join the firm from shipping boutique Thomas Cooper, where they were partners. They are joined by Linos Choo, who was most recently an associate at DLA Piper. The three lawyers all previously practised at Reed Smith legacy firm Richards Butler, and Choo and Nair subsequently worked together at DLA Piper.

Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired Wedlake Bell corporate partner and practice head Tim Bird. Bird had been a partner at the West End firm since 2007, when he joined from Dechert. He was previously in-house in Deutsche Bank’s stockbroking team.

Wallace has taken on commercial property lawyer Matthew Morgan as a partner. He joins from Howard Kennedy, where he was also a partner.

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Linklaters’ former global head of corporate David Barnes. Barnes, who was a partner at Linklaters for 26 years and ran for senior partner in March 2011 before announcing his retirement in June of that year, joins BLP as a partner.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed London dispute resolution partner Jonathan Isted as joint head of its consumer and healthcare sector group. He replaces Julian Long, who took over as London corporate head last year, and joins Cologne IP/IT partner Matthias Koch in the role.


Birmingham-based firm Anthony Collins has welcomed Sarah Lines as a senior associate. She joins from Cobbetts, where she was a director.


TLT has hired employment associate Richard Brennan from Pinsent Masons, where he was an associate.

Porter Dodson has added Evelyn Adfield as a partner in its corporate commercial team. She joins from Boyes Turner in Reading, where she was an associate.


Osborne Clarke’s Spanish alliance member has launched in Madrid with a five-partner team, almost doubling the size of the firm. Osborne Clarke Spain, a separate entity from the UK firm, hired a team of 20 lawyers from local independent Lener.

The five partner recruits are Rafael Montejo, who joins as office head, as well as David Sequera, Ángel García, Daniel Riopérez and Luis Castro.

Eversheds has added energy lawyer Ramu Ramaswamy as a counsel in Paris. He joins from Norton Rose, where he was an associate.

Olswang has hired employment lawyer Manteo Heikki Eisenlohr as a partner in its Berlin office.

He joins from GSK Stockmann & Kollegen, where he was head of employment.

Lawrence Graham has appointed Nathalie Tanzi as a partner in its Monaco office.


Eversheds has brought in Lavery Modise as chairman of Eversheds South Africa. Modise, a former acting Labour Court judge, has served as deputy chairman of the firm since July 2009.


Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Arif Hyder Ali as co-head of its international arbitration group. He joins along with partners Alexandre de Gramont, Theodore Posner and Samaa Haridi. Ali, Gramont and Posner are based in Washington DC, while Haridi is based in New York. All four join from Crowell & Moring, where they were all partners.

Morgan Lewis has taken on Henry Horbaczewski as a senior litigation counsel, resident in Boston. He joins from Reed Elsevier, where he was general counsel.

Winston & Strawn has added criminal defence lawyer Daniel Rubinstein and technology, media and IP litigator Paul McGrady as partners in its Chicago litigation practice. They join from Greenberg Traurig, where they were partners.


Holman Fenwick Willan has appointed Western Australia’s former Attorney General and environment minister Cheryl Edwardes as a partner. Edwardes joins the Perth corporate, projects and finance practice. She movesfrom Australian mining giant Hancock Prospecting, where she was executive general manager overseeing external affairs, government relations and approvals.


Michael Mello QC, founder of Bermuda firm MJM, has been hired by offshore giant Appleby. Mello will join the private client and trusts team in Bermuda as counsel next month. He left MJM along with fellow partners Saul Froomkin QC and Juliana Snelling earlier this year. Froomkin has joined local firm Isis Law, while Snelling has set up a litigation boutique with barrister Paul Hershaw.


Chris Davies has been appointed general counsel, Europe and Middle East at mobile advertising network InMobi. He joins from Kelkoo, where he was general counsel.