Moves: 8 October 2012

Move of the week

Amanda Nelson
Amanda Nelson

Taylor Wessing has hired Manches partner Amanda Nelson in a key move for its private client practice. Nelson, a specialist in tax planning, is the latest in a stream of departures from Manches this year. Most recently divorce star Helen Ward quit the firm for Stewarts Law. Taylor Wessing’s private client head Mark Buzzoni said Nelson’s expertise fits well with the practice group. “We as a group are pretty much constantly looking, where it’s right, to expand the private client and private wealth offering,” he added.



Tuvi Keinan
Tuvi Keinan

Brown Rudnick has strengthened its London real estate team with the hire of partner Tuvi Keinan, formerly head of European real estate and restructuring at Morgan Stanley.

Sedgwick has recruited liability insurance partner Karen Morrish from the London office of Bond Pearce, where she was a partner in the firm’s insurance unit.

Pinsent Masons is strengthening its corporate practice in London with the appointment of corporate finance specialist Louise Wolfson. Wolfson joins from Allen & Overy, where she was a partner in the equity capital markets team.


Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office has expanded its public law team with the hire of public law solicitor Alex Peebles, formerly a solicitor at Ben Hoare Bell.

Neil Myerson has hired Jane Tenquist as head of the firm’s family law practice. Tenquist joins from TQ Solicitors, where she ran her own matrimonial practice.

Gorvins has boosted its employment offering with the appointment of Emma Harvey as a partner. She joins from DWF, where she was a partner and head of the firm’s recruitment sector.


Harrison Clark has launched a licensing and regulatory service with the hire of partner Heath Thomas, who will lead the practice from the firm’s Worcester offices. He joins the firm from Anthony Collins Solicitors, where he was a senior associate.

Leicester law firm Howes Percival has recruited Lisa Dave as a solicitor in the firm’s family law department. She joins the firm from Andrew Ford Solicitors.

Alsters Kelley has announced the appointment of assistant solicitor Matthew Cannan, formerly a solicitor at Button Legal, to the firm’s family law department.


Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has announced the hire of real estate partner Martin Meissner to its Frankfurt office. He was previously a member of Simmons & Simmons’ Frankfurt office, where he was head of the firm’s German financial markets group.

PLMJ has expanded its tax team with the hire of Serena Cabrita Neto as a partner, based in Lisbon. She will focus on tax disputes and administrative offences and joins from Maltez Amaro & Neto, where she has been a partner for 13 years.

North America

Alston & Bird has lost real estate and finance partners Stacy Ackermann and Nachael Bright to the Charlotte office of K&L Gates, which has hired the pair for its real estate investment, development and finance practice.

Jones Day has added to its capital markets team in New York with the hire of partner Ian Blumenstein from Cooley, where he was a member of the firm’s credit finance, public companies and public offering practices based in New York.

King & Spalding has announced the hire of IP transactions specialist Emma Maconick as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley corporate group. She comes to King & Spalding from Davis Polk & Wardell, where she was an associate.

Norton Rose Canada has appointed IP partner Adrienne Blanchard to its Montréal office, where she will practise in the areas of pharmaceutical regulation and trademarks. She was formerly a partner in the Ottawa office of Gowling Lafleur Henderson.

Asia Pacific

Graf von Westphalen has hired Sebastian Wiendieck as a senior associate in its Shanghai office. Wiendieck is moving from Schmitz & Partner Rechtsanwälte in Frankfurt.

Adamas has boosted its Shanghai office with the addition of M&A partner Germain Sinpraseuth, previously of counsel at Salans, where he was in charge of the French desk of the firm’s China offices.

The Singapore office of Kennedys has lost its international trade partner Iain Sharp to the Singapore office of US firm Bryan Cave. Sharp joins the firm’s international arbitration and commercial litigation practice as a partner.

International corporate transactions partner William Rosoff has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as head of the firm’s Beijing office. He joins from the New York office of Cozen O’Connor, where he was a partner in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group. Rosoff replaces Spencer Griffith, who will maintain his China trade practice from Akin Gump’s Washington DC office.