European moves: 2 April 2015

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


Simmons & Simmons has hired Peter Voorhees as a partner in its Amsterdam office. Voorhees was previously a lawyer at Linklaters. He is a US-qualified international capital markets lawyer.

Central & Eastern Europe

Wolf Theiss has promoted six lawyers to partner and hired Frank Diemer as a partner in Sofia. Diemer is a dual-qualified German and Italian lawyer who has previously worked at firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Milan. Meanwhile the firm has relocated Zagreb managing partner Ron Given to Warsaw as co-managing partner, with Luka Tadić-Čolić taking over from Given in Zagreb.

Bulboaca & Asociatii partner Corina Ionescu and Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen partner Ana-Maria Miron have teamed up to launch boutique Ionescu Miron. Ionescu brings experience in corporate and finance law while Miron is a tax specialist.

Austrian firm Schoenherr has promoted Rita Wittmann to counsel. Wittmann advises national and international clients on corporate, M&A, commercial contracts, and joint ventures, as well as in project developments and project financing, particularly in the field of renewable energy.


Mayer Brown has hired two senior corporate partners for its Paris office, including Davis Polk & Wardwell’s first-ever non-US qualified hire Arnaud Pérès (26 March 2015). Pérès is joining Mayer Brown alongside former colleague Jean-François Louit. Pérès joined Davis Polk in 2005 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was co-head of French M&A. Louit also formerly worked at Freshfields, leaving the firm to join Davis Polk in 2006. He quit the US firm two years later to help found independent boutique Scotto & Associés, where he headed the corporate and M&A practice.

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has added an infrastructure and projects team from Watson Farley & Williams to its Paris office, giving it the ability to compete for francophone African deals (24 March 2015). Partners Jérôme Pentecoste and Emmanuel Paillard have brought associates Julie Vuagnoux and Paul Peyret and assistant Sonia Gomez with them to Wragge Lawrence Graham.

Watson Farley & Williams has hired Arnaud Félix as a partner in its corporate team in Paris. Félix joins from Clifford Chance, where he was a counsel.


Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has appointed litigation and arbitration head Jorge Badía as its new managing partner (27 March 2015). Badía joined the firm in 1987, was named a partner in 1998 and has been head of litigation and arbitration for eight years. He is also a member of the firm’s board of directors.


Bonelli Erede Pappalardo has reorganised its London office. Financial regulatory partner Federico Vezzani has relocated from Milan to establish a new team.

The Nordics

Danish firm Gorrissen Federspiel has appointed Tomas Haagen as its new managing partner, succeeding Peter Appel. In turn Appel will succeed Niels Heering as chairman.

Bird & Bird has announced that corporate and technology partner Hans Svensson will be replacing Katarina Åhlberg as the new head of country for Sweden. Svensson will be supported by an executive committee including partners Gabriel Lidman and Jerker Edström. Åhlberg is returning to fee-earning.