European moves: 21 February 2013

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


Jones Day has hired Norton Rose partner Marcel van de Vorst and Baker & McKenzie partner Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen as it confirms the opening of its Amsterdam office. Both van de Vorst and Rijkaart van Cappellen are corporate lawyers.

A team of partners hailing from DLA Piper’s Amsterdam office, Dutch independent Houthoff Buruma and former Herbert Smith ally Stibbe have joined forces to launch a Dutch boutique, Rutgers & Posch, focusing on advice for corporate clients (8 February 2013). The team is led by managing partner Gerard Endedijk, previously head of litigation at DLA Piper in Amsterdam. He is joined by Lennaert Posch, who headed the investment management team at Stibbe before leaving the firm in 2012 to look for a new challenge, DLA Piper employment partner Dirk Jan Rutgers, Houthoff Buruma corporate partners Matthijs van den Broek and Bas Visée, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer principal associate Hendrik Jan Schimmel, who joins as a partner.

Dutch boutique Van Campen Liem, launched a year ago by a team from Baker & McKenzie, is expanding into Luxembourg with the hire of Loyens & Loeff partner Aldo Schuurmann (14 February 2013). Schuurmann joins Van Campen Liem as a partner and will work alongside Amsterdam partners Marc van Campen and Marcello Distaso to provide clients with advice on investment funds and M&A transactions using Luxembourg as a domicile.

Simmons & Simmons has bolstered its life sciences team with three hires. Baker & McKenzie counsel Annabelle Bruyndonckx has joined the firm as of counsel in Brussels, while Machteld Hiemstra has become counsel in the Amsterdam office. Hiemstra joined Simmons from Hogan Lovells. Meanwhile academic Anne-Catherine Perroy has taken a counsel role in Paris.

Belgian firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has appointed head of employment Vincent Busschaert as its new managing partner, while real estate head Yves Delacroix has been named chairman.

Central & Eastern Europe

Pinsent Masons is set to launch an infrastructure-focused Turkey office after inking a deal with a local lawyer (14 February 2013). The firm will work with the former arbitration head of Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, Noyan Göksu, who will establish his own practice and form a joint venture with Pinsents once granted regulatory approval. The office will focus on infrastructure deals across Turkey, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Gulf and Africa, and in particular, the international contractor market. The firm aims to have around 20 lawyers in the office by 2016, although it has not yet confirmed which partners, if any, will be seconded to Turkey to help run the base.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Attila Csongrady to strengthen its Austrian finance practice. Csongrady is qualified in England and Wales and in New York and advises banks, investors and corporates with an emphasis on leveraged and non-leveraged acquisition finance, project finance, securitisation and other structured finance products and debt restructuring.

Schoenherr has recruited a team of real estate lawyers from Polish firm Domański Zakrzewski Palinka. Agata Demuth joins the Warsaw office as a partner along with associates Konrad Bisiorek and Jan Bagatela. Meanwhile finance specialist Maja Žgajnar moves to Schoenherr from Wolf Theiss in Ljubljana. She becomes a partner at Schoenherr, having previously been a senior associate. The firm has also made up five local partners – Oanu Alexandru, Simona Chirică, Monica Cojocaru, Mădălina Neagu and Silvia Popa – in Romania.

Baker & McKenzie’s Turkish member firm, Esin Attorney Partnership, has hired two senior lawyers to strengthen its energy, mining and infrastructure practice. Türker Yöndem joins Esin as a partner from his family law firm Yalti Yöndem, while new of counsel Muge Onal previously worked as legal affairs manager of Turkish conglomerate Zorlu Holding.


Stephenson Harwood has appointed Nixon Peabody Paris public law and regulatory partner Olivier de Chazeaux as a partner (13 February 2013). De Chazeaux becomes the firm’s first lawyer with contentious experience in Paris. He acts for companies in the insurance, banking and medical devices sectors and for local and national governmental bodies.

Simmons & Simmons has hired private equity partner Noro-Lanto Ravisy from Nixon Peabody (19 February 2013). Ravisy was the partner in charge of the private equity team at Nixon Peabody in Paris and will take up the same role at Simmons, sitting within the firm’s corporate team alongside office managing partner Thierry Gontard and fellow partners Christian Taylor and Sonia de Kondserovsky.

French employment firm Fromont Briens has picked up an experienced professional training lawyer to set up a team dedicated to the field (14 February 2013). Sabrina Dougados joins Fromont Briens as a partner from the Centre de Formation de la Profession Bancaire (Banking Professional Training Centre), where she was general counsel. The team will be run by Dougados and Fromont Briens partner Sophie Pélicier-Loevenbruck. The department will provide advice to companies, financial servies institutions and other professional organisations as well as training services providers to help set up, structure and finance training programmes, including advising on regulatory matters.

August & Debouzy has announced the promotion of employment lawyer Catherine Le Manchec to its partnership. Le Manchec joined the firm in 2002 and was promoted to counsel in 2006.

Arago has promoted corporate lawyer Lorenzo Barresi to partner. Barresi joined the firm three years ago as counsel.


Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has secured a partner from former alliance partner Gleiss Lutz to help launch its first office in Germany (13 February 2013). Gleiss partner Ralf Thaeter, who specialises in domestic and cross border M&A, will join HSF on 1 April to help launch an office in Frankfurt. However, the new base is not expected to open until later in the second quarter of 2013. Thaeter has been a partner at Gleiss since 1995 and led the firm’s Prague office between 1994 and 1997.

Linklaters has announced the hire of Haarmann Hemmelrath co-founder Wilhelm Haarmann as a partner in its Frankfurt office (19 February 2013). Haarmann joins the magic circle firm from Haarmann, the firm he set up in early 2006. He is a tax and corporate specialist, focusing mainly on M&A, private equity and venture capital. As well as being a lawyer he is a certified public accountant and tax adviser.

Watson Farley & Williams has turned to German independent Heuking Kühn Lühr Wojtek for employment partner Anne Kleffmann as it continues to expand its German offering (20 February 2013). Kleffmann joins the firm’s Munich office on 1 March. She focuses on employment law-related restructuring issues, but also advises on transactional employment matters. Meanwhile, the firm has also recruited employment associates Jan Beckmann and Andreas Wiegreffe for its Hamburg office from Beckmann & Massmann and Glauder & Partner respectively. The firm said additional associate hires are planned.

Lobbying boutique Alber & Geiger has hired Wernhard Moeschel as a partner to strengthen its competition capabilities. Moeschel chaired the German Monopolies Commission between 1998 and 2000 and has held a number of other senior government positions. He is also a professor of law at the University of Tuebingen.


Clifford Chance has announced corporate specialist Jaime Velázquez as managing partner of its Spanish offices following a vote, succeeding longstanding country chief Ignacio Ojanguren (20 February 2013). Velázquez, a corporate partner at the firm since 2005, has been elected for a four-year term in charge of the firm’s Madrid and Barcelona bases from 1 May. He previously led the firm’s Barcelona office between 2007 and 2011 after joining from magic circle rival Allen & Overy.

Portuguese independent PLMJ is continuing its international focus with the launch of a team focusing on cross-border projects work (18 February 2013). Founding partner Luís Sáragga Leal and partner Sofia Gomes da Costa will lead the new initiative, supported by five lawyers. The team includes new associate hires Lin Man and António Cid. Man, who is bilingual in Portuguese and Mandarin, joins the firm from JKLM Advogados and will focus on the Chinese market. Meanwhile, PLMJ has also recently hired consultant Vicente Voigt de Oliveira for its German desk. Voigt de Oliveira was previously a partner at German firm Görg and will sit within PLMJ’s corporate and M&A team. He is German qualified and holds dual German and Portuguese nationality.


Arthur Cox has announced the appointment of Ciarán Bolger as Chairman of the firm with effect from 1 May. Corporate partner Bolger has been a partner at Arthur Cox since 1997. He replaces Eugene McCague, who completed two terms as chairman having previously served as managing partner.


Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has made a number of changes in its Italian offices. Italy senior partner Alessandro De Nicola has been named deputy leader of the firm’s international corporate group. Carlo Montella and Guido Testa have been elected as co-office leaders for Milan, and Marco Nicolini becomes administrative partner in Rome. Meanwhile finance partner Gianrico Giannesi joins Orrick’s equity, having been promoted to local partner in 2011.


Magnusson has hired three partners for its Copenhagen office, including the managing partner of Eversheds’ local office, Nikolaj Juhl Hansen (19 February 2013). Hansen joins Magnusson along with Accura lawyer Jens Christian Dreyer and Rønne & Lundgren lawyer Jesper Kronborg. All three of the new partners are M&A specialists.

Russia & CIS

King & Spalding has launched a Russian disputes practice with the hire of Noerr disputes partner Ilia Rachkov (7 February 2013). Rachkov specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He joined King & Spalding’s Moscow office on 1 February, bringing the total number of partners in the office to six.