Careers: people

Sokolow Carreras & Associés in Paris has recruited Michel Caillard and Wahib Geagea as partner and of counsel respectively. Corporate partner Caillard joins after five years at Landwell, where he was a member of the worldwide executive committee and head of global M&A. International business law specialist Geagea, who began his career at Dewey Ballantine in Los Angeles, joins from McKay & Co in Paris.

Reed Smith has hired Gulay Mehmet as a senior associate in its UK immigration practice from Penningtons, where she headed the immigration team for five years.

New Zealand’s Chapman Tripp has promoted Wellington-based corporate specialist Andy Nicholls to partner, as well as appointing 11 new senior solicitors in its Wellington and Auckland offices.

Friedrich Merz, a partner at CBH Cornelius Bartenbach Haesemann & Partner and one of the best-known politicians of the post-war generation in Germany, will join Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw in January 2005 as a partner.