European moves: 20 December 2012

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

Central & Eastern Europe

Austrian firm CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is expanding into the Czech Republic through an association with Prague firm Kališ Opletal & Partners (11 December 2012). CHSH has several offices across the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region, but has not had a presence in the Czech Republic before. Kališ Opletal & Partners was established in 2009 by a group of DLA Piper lawyers.

Deloitte Legal’s Czech firm Ambruz & Dark has appointed Tomáš Babáček, Martin Bohuslav and Petr Suchý to the position of associate partner.


Jeantet Associés finance partner Alexandre Tron is joining Reed Smith’s Paris office alongside senior associate Olivier Borenstejn. The duo advise on structuring, negotiating and restructuring finance transactions.


Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired two litigation partners and a team of associates from Hogan Lovells in Germany (14 December 2012). Litigation partners Wolf Bussian and Marc Zimmerling will join A&O’s Frankfurt office by April 2013 and bring with them a team of associates comprising senior associate Charlotte Willemer and associates Almut Koy, Andreas Schmidt, Torben Schwartz and Eva Schwittek. All join from Hogan Lovells.

DLA Piper has hired two partners from Salans in Frankfurt (13 December 2012). Dietmar Schulz and Mike Danielewsky, both restructuring partners in Salans’ Frankfurt office, will join DLA Piper in the New Year. The duo joined Salans from Ashurst in 2010 and Danielewsky became a partner at Salans in January this year.

Watson Farley & Williams has hired Salans partner Ivana Mikesić to open an office in Frankfurt, its third in Germany (14 December 2012). Mikesić will head up the new office, which will open in January 2013. She is bringing with her two associates and a third associate will relocate from Watson Farley’s Hamburg office.

German firm Görg is strengthening its new Hamburg office with a team of three partners and two associates from White & Case (6 December 2012). The firm is launching in Hamburg in January and has announced that White & Case partners Frank Evers, Kersten Wagner-Cardenal and Jan Peter Scharf, along with senior associates John-Patrick Bischoff and Jan-Michael Dierkes will bolster the new office.

French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés is boosting its German presence with the hire of a new partner for its Frankfurt office and a partnership agreement with German boutique Lachner Graf von Westphalen Spamer (LWS) (12 December 2012). Isabelle Knoché-Hess joins Lefèvre Pelletier as a partner from Marccus Partners, where she has worked since 2009. Her hire follows the March 2011 launch of the French firm’s Frankfurt office with a triple hire from Marccus Partners.

Oppenhoff & Partner has promoted corporate lawyer Alf Baars to partner. Baars joined Oppenhoff in 2006 and was made up to junior partner in 2010.

Germany’s Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has announced the death of its founder and senior partner Hans Günter Heuking (12 December 2012). Heuking passed away on Friday 7 December aged 74.


Portuguese firm PLMJ has introduced several changes to its structure designed to strengthen its leadership and define strategic direction for the next three years, including scrapping the position of salaried partner (19 December 2012). Co-managing partner Manuel Santos Vitor was elected as sole managing partner for a three-year term. He will be supported by an enlarged non-executive board led by former co-managing partner Luís Sáragga Leal together with partners José Miguel Júdice, Nuno Líbano Monteiro, Jorge Brito Pereira and Tomás Pessanha.

José Manuel Lara has joined Roca Junyent. He is the current president of Grupo Planeta and Antena 3 and has spent most of his career in-house at publishing group Metro Group.


Employment boutique Lablaw is entering the Neapolitan market through an association with local firm Fontana Studio Legale (7 December 2012). The firm already has five regional offices across Italy, in Rome, Milan, Padua, Pescara and Genoa. However, it is not opening its own office in Naples, choosing instead to work in association with Fontana. Fontana is headed by employment specialist Giorgio Fontana and includes another six lawyers.


Camilleri Preziosi has promoted three lawyers to its partnership. Donald Vella, Malcolm Falzon and Ron Galea Cavalazzi all become partners with effect from 1 January 2013. Vella works in the corporate and finance group, Falzon practises corporate and commercial law and Galea Cavalazzi specialises in litigation and regulatory law.