European moves: 20 February 2014

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


Competition partner Julian Ellison has left Ashurst’s Brussels office to join Mayer Brown’s antitrust and competition team (6 February 2014). Ellison has been a partner at Ashurst since 1989 and headed the firm’s Brussels office for a number of years. He specialises in EU and UK competition law and has been involved in large number of merger cases, particularly in the transport, cartels, public procurement and state aid sectors.

Litigation boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has continued a year of international expansion to open in Brussels (18 February 2014). The office will be led by partner Nadine Herrmann, who joined Quinn Emanuel in 2012 from Allen & Overy to launch the US firm’s Hamburg office. Herrman will divide her time between the Brussels and Hamburg offices along with competition lawyers Catherine Manley and Jan Jacob.

Central & Eastern Europe

Austrian firm Schoenherr has promoted real estate lawyer Wolfgang Tichy to its partnership. Tichy joined the firm in 2005 and also practises IT law. He is a co-founder of Schoenherr’s newTech team, responsible primarily for drafting and negotiating software licenses and outsourcing projects. The firm also promoted competition lawyer Stefanie Stegbauer to counsel. Stegbauer specializes in Austrian and European competition law and represents clients in antitrust and Phase 1 and Phase 2 merger control proceedings.


Willkie Farr & Gallagher Paris restructuring partner Maurice Lantourne has left to set up a boutique after six years with the US firm (6 February 2014). Lantourne is re-establishing Lantourne & Associés with fellow restructuring specialists Flavie Hannoun and Kristell Cattani. Hannoun was most recently special counsel at Willkie Farr, while Cattani worked there as an associate until 2012. She left to establish her own practice before teaming up with Lantourne.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has hired senior litigator Patrick Ouart as a partner in its international dispute resolution team. Ouart has practised as a magistrate for 15 years, as well as holding senior positions in the French government. He sat on the executive committee of Suez between 1998 and 2003, and LVMH between 2004 and 2007 and 2009 and 2013.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Allen & Overy counsel Geoffrey Levesque in the same position in its finance team. Levesque focuses on infrastructure and energy finance.


Mason Hayes & Curran has hired Matheson senior associate Gerard Kelly as a partner in its IP team. Kelly is a trademark agent in Ireland as well as a European trademark attorney, and advises clients primarily on IP disputes.


Finnish firm Krogerus has promoted Tom Fagernäs to its partnership, effective 1 April 2014. Fagernäs focuses on capital markets, financial regulatory and M&A transactions.


French firm Brandi Partners has hired a team of lawyers to open a Moscow office. The new office will be headed by Russian desk head Marc Solovei alongside Charles-Henri Roy. Roy was formerly a partner at CMS in Moscow, before leaving in 2012 to set up alone. The team is boosted by lawyers Maria Landau and Valentin Borodin, the latter joining from Dentons.

Dentons has hired corporate lawyer Mark Withey as an of counsel in its Moscow office from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Withey practises a broad range of corporate law.


Dentons has promoted four lawyers in its Paris, Berlin and Moscow offices to partner. Corporate lawyer Aurélien Chardeau and real estate specialist Maxime Simonnet both become partners in Paris. In Berlin, employment lawyer Markus Diepold joins the partnership, while Moscow litigator Roman Zaitsev is also promoted.