US firm Steptoe & Johnson has become the first firm to benefit from the dismantling of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly’s European network. Steptoe has acquired the Brussels practice of Oppenheimer, which consists of three partners, one counsel and three associates. The Oppenheimer group is led by Jean Russotto, who is joined by two partners, Phillip Woolfson, an insurance and financial services lawyer who concentrates on European Community and French law, and James Searles, an international trade and environment lawyer who focuses on EU law and regulatory issues. They join technology partner Kees Kuilwijk, who has led Steptoe’s Brussels office since it opened in 2002.
First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 3 March