European moves: 1 May 2014

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.


Loyens & Loeff has rejigged its executive board, with banking and finance chair Willem Jarigsma succeeding Maarten van der Weijden as managing partner. Board member Hamith Breedveld is retiring and will be succeeded by tax adviser Fred van der Leije. Director Ed Schless is also retiring. Brussels-based tax lawyer Christian Chéruy has been appointed as board chairman.

Central & Eastern Europe

Norton Rose Fulbright is set to close its Prague office on 1 May 2014, following a review of the Czech market (23 April 2014). Corporate partner Milana Chamberlain, who heads up the Prague base, will return to London. The other partner operating in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Prague base, corporate and banking specialist Pavel Kvíčala, is to join Czech-Slovak firm Holásek & Partners on 1 May along with his team.


Travers Smith’s Paris chief David Patient is set to become firm-wide managing partner when incumbent Andrew Lilley steps down from the role at the end of 2014 (17 April 2014). Patient, who trained at Travers Smith and is a member of the firm’s management committee, has headed the firm’s Paris office since its establishment in 1999. He is a member of its corporate finance and private equity practice groups, and also leads the firm’s international committee.

Latham & Watkins has hired Shearman & Sterling partner Fernando Mantilla-Serrano as a partner and global co-chair of its international arbitration practice. He will be based in Paris.


Pinsent Masons has strengthened its Munich office with the appointments of competition partner Michael Reich and corporate partner Tobias Rodehau. Both join from German law firm Arqis.

King & Spalding has recruited Werner Meier as a partner for its Frankfurt office. Meier joins King & Spalding from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Frankfurt, where he was a finance and restructuring partner.


Dentons Spain has hired partner Antonio Alcolea Cantos to lead the firm’s public and regulatory law department in Madrid. Before joining Dentons, Alcolea Cantos was counsel at Pérez-Llorca, where he worked in the areas of public law and litigation.