European moves: 11 July 2013

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


Dutch boutique Van Campen Liem has appointed Loyens & Loeff senior associate as a partner in its Luxembourg funds practice. The firm has also promoted corporate lawyers Cees Kersten and Bart Wehmeijer as partners in its Amsterdam office.

Luxembourg firm Molitor has promoted IP and IT specialist Claire Leonelli to partner. Leonelli joined Molitor in 2007.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired competition lawyers Jens-Olrik Murach and Lena Sandberg in its Brussels offices. Murach joins the firm as a partner from German firm Flick Gocke Schaumburg, where he was an associated partner and headed the EU and competition practice. A former senior officer with the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels, Sandberg joins the firm as of counsel.

German firm Noerr has hired Wilmer Hale senior associate Alexander Israel as associated partner in its new Brussels office. Israel will work alongside partner Alexander Birnstiel to develop the office, which formally launches next year.

Baker & McKenzie has appointed Mike Jansen as managing partner and chairman of the board of its Amsterdam office. The term is for two years, effective from 1 July 2013. Jansen succeeds Fred de Hosson as managing partner. He previously held the role of managing partner and chairman of the board of the Amsterdam office from 2007 to 2010.


Gide Loyrette Nouel has promoted 11 lawyers to partner across its international network. In London, finance lawyers Fernand Arsanios, Fiona Gulliford, Karine Imbrosciano and Phung Pham are promoted. Projects lawyer Gilles Cardonnel and finance specialist Rebecca Finn are made up in Hong Kong and tax lawyer Guo Min in Beijing. Competition lawyer Ákos Kovách joins the partnership in Budapest and fellow competition specialist Christina Renner in Brussels. Finance lawyers Mariam Rouissi and Tim Théroux also join the partnership in Casablanca and Moscow respectively.

French firm Franklin has hired a seven-strong property finance team from Wragge & Co in Paris, including partners David Blondel and Henry Ranchon (1 July 2013). Real estate finance partner Blondel and real estate specialist Ranchon join with a team of of counsel Juliette Brill and four associates. The hires follow last year’s appointment by Franklin of a real estate team from Salans in Paris led by partner François Verdot, creating a property department at the independent firm.

French boutique Kalliopé has hired Rodolphe Cavroy as a partner from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, where he was an associate. At Kalliopé Cavroy will head up the firm’s finance and funds department.


Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has made its third partner hire as it continues to build its new German operation (2 July 2013). The firm has appointed SJ Berwin’s German real estate head, Hans Kessler, as a partner in Frankfurt. Kessler joins German head Ralf Thaeter, who moved from former ally Gleiss Lutz last year and ex-Norton Rose corporate team leader Nico Abel in Frankfurt.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has become the latest firm to take advantage of Shearman & Sterling’s downsizing in Germany by hiring litigation partner Richard Kreindler in Frankfurt (2 July 2013). Kreindler’s move follows Shearman’s announcement earlier this year that it was closing down its Düsseldorf and Munich offices and refocusing its German strategy on Frankfurt.

Bird & Bird has appointed Dentons partner Bernhard Gemmel as a partner in its banking and finance team in Frankfurt (27 June 2013). Gemmel joins Bird & Bird after two years at Dentons and legacy firm Salans, having joined the firm in 2011 from Beiten Burkhardt. Associate Stanislav Schmidt is also moving to the UK firm.

Baker & McKenzie has expanded its German tax practice with the hire of partner Norbert Mückl in Frankfurt and Munich and the promotion of Christoph Becker in Frankfurt. Mückl joins Baker & McKenzie from Shearman & Sterling, where he was a counsel.


Baker & McKenzie has elected José María Alonso as managing partner of its Madrid office for a three-year period, effective 1 July 2013. He succeeds Luis Briones, managing partner since January 2009, who will continue to practise as partner in the Firm´s Tax team. Alonso will combine his new responsibilities with management of the firm’s litigation and arbitration department in Madrid


A&L Goodbody is strengthening its funds team with the hire of Maples and Calder partner Elaine Keane, who was previously an associate at the Irish firm (9 July 2013). Keane left A&L Goodbody for Maples’ Dublin office in 2008, joining as an associate before being promoted to partner last year.

Matheson is relocating corporate lawyer Gina Conheady to its Palo Alto office, and has hired DLA Piper lawyer Julian Michael to its Dublin office. Michael is returning to Matheson after several years working in San Francisco, where he specialises in IT and IP law.


White & Case has hired a team of lawyers from Allen & Overy’s Milan office, including partner Paola Leocani, to boost its capital markets offering in Italy (27 June 2013). Leocani joins the US firm as a partner along with counsel Elena Radicella Chiaramonte, two senior associates, an associate and two trainees.


Morgan Lewis is set to pick up a finance team from Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Moscow office, the first lateral hire for the US firm after launching in Russia with a team from Dewey & LeBoeuf last year (8 July 2013). Gide finance partner Grigory Marinichev is joining Morgan Lewis within the next month, bringing with him a team of eight associates, including senior associate Konstantin Kochetkov who is joining as a partner.

Squire Sanders has hired Goltsblat BLP partner Anton Rogoza for its Moscow office (28 June 2013). Bilingual in Russian and English, he is expected to leave Goltsblat, part of the Berwin Leighton Paisner group, for Squire Sanders’ corporate finance group later on in the year.

Clifford Chance has hired Louis Skyner as a counsel in the Moscow office. Skyner joins the firm from Statoil, where he was leading legal counsel responsible for upstream projects with its Russian partners.


Froriep Renggli has promoted tax lawyer Dimitri Rotter to its partnership as of 1 July. Rotter joined Froriep Renggli in 2003, and practises in all areas of tax law with a focus on aviation tax and cross-border financing.