European moves: 25 July 2013

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


Hogan Lovells has hired a two-partner team from Benelux firm NautaDutilh as it confirms plans to launch in Luxembourg next month (23 July 2013). The hire of investment funds partner Pierre Reuter and corporate partner Jean-Michel Schmit, both former Linklaters lawyers, leave the Benelux firm with just three partners in the Luxembourg office. The pair will initially lead the new office and join Hogan Lovells with four of their current associates.

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has recruited two international trade lawyers from Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office. Crowell & Moring partner Laurent Ruessman will lead the international trade practice at FFW, while Jochen Beck is also joining the firm’s Brussels EU regulatory team.

Central & Eastern Europe

Schoenherr has appointed Cătălin Suliman as head of its Romanian competition practice. Suliman joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Romanian ally D&B David & Baias as a local partner. He focuses on providing legal advice on competition and intellectual property issues, as well as life sciences and regulatory matters in the retail sector.


Osborne Clarke is launching a Paris office with a partner hire from local firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, 15 months after disbanding its European alliance (22 July 2013). The Paris office will be headed by Béatrice Delmas-Linel, who joins after over four years as a partner at De Gaulle Fleurance. Prior to joining the firm, Delmas-Linel was a senior member of the EMEA in-house team at Microsoft. She was previously a partner at August & Debouzy, and began her career at Dentons legacy firm Denton Sales Vincent.

Linklaters has turned to Shearman & Sterling for the hire of capital markets partner Bertrand Sénéchal, some six months after a capital markets team left for White & Case (11 July 2013). Sénéchal will join the magic circle firm in September. He has been a partner at Shearman since 2005 and advises on equity, equity linked and debt capital markets. Clients include Danone, Schneider Electric and underwriters.

Wragge & Co has moved to strengthen its Paris real estate team with the appointment of four lawyers from Bird & Bird (16 July 2013). Bird & Bird partner Constance de La Hosseraye is joining Wragges with three associates. She advises on all aspects of real estate projects, and is particularly active in the renewable and clean technology sectors. De La Hosseraye joined Bird & Bird as a partner in 2007 and was responsible for developing the firm’s real estate practice in Paris.

Emmanuelle Talamon has joined the French office of Brandi Partners as a partner from her own firm. She advises on general business law and has gained extensive experience in litigation involving companies operating in the industrial sector, particularly for Spanish groups.


Osborne Clarke has reshaped its German management team to bring it more in line with the firmwide governance structure, naming Cologne-based corporate partner Carsten Schneider as managing partner (18 July 2013). The new-look executive team will see current managing partner Stefan Rizor take up the role of senior partner. Rizor has held the managing partner role for over 10 years. Schneider will run the firm’s German operations alongside board members Joachim Breithaupt and Uwe Brossette. The firm has also established a partnership council to oversee the work of the board, which includes Schneider, Rizor, and office heads for Cologne, Hamburg and Munich. Elections for the Cologne office head are yet to take place, while local commercial head Christoph Torwegge has been elected as Hamburg office head and TMT partner Tim Reinhard is the new Munich head.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner is hiring Hogan Lovells Düsseldorf partner Arnt Göppert for its Cologne office. Göppert specialises in national and cross-border corporate and financial transactions, in particular in the real estate industry.


Baker & McKenzie is to strengthen its Spanish practice with the hire of five partners and at least another 15 lawyers from Mayer Brown ally Ramón y Cajal (16 July 2013). Alberto Ureba, co-head of Ramón y Cajal’s corporate team, and Francisco Bauzá, co-head of the firm’s finance practice, are joining Baker & McKenzie at the end of July. A further three partners, Guillermo Guerra, Rafael Bazán and Fernando Marroquín, are also expected to join the US firm. Ureba and Bauzá were both founding partners at Ramón y Cajal and Ureba sits on the firm’s management committee.


Offshore firm Maples and Calder has hired John Breslin SC for its Dublin finance group. He will also head up the firm’s Advocacy Group. Breslin practised as a banking lawyer for many years in Dublin and London. He became a senior counsel in 2011, having been called to the Irish Bar in 1996.


Clifford Chance has hired an Italian partner dedicated to competition law with the appointment of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo partner Luciano Di Via (11 July 2013). Di Via will join Clifford Chance’s Rome office in August, although he will split his time between the Italian capital and the country’s finance centre Milan. The hire follows the departure of Cristoforo Osti to Chiomenti in autumn last year. Clifford Chance has managed antitrust issues through its public law practice in the country in the interim period.

NCTM has appointed two new equity partners, Paolo Lazzarino and Luca Garramone. Lazzarino is based in Milan and advises on industrial law and IP, while Garramone specialises in employment law in the Rome office.

Russia & CIS

Baker & McKenzie has strengthened its CIS practice by hiring Altay Mustafayev as counsel in its Baku office. Mustafayev joins from OMNI law firm, where he served as counsel. He also gained experience working as general counsel at FINCA Azerbaijan, the largest affiliate of FINCA International, a Washington-based global microfinance network. He advises on corporate, M&A, banking and finance, tax and real estate matters.