European moves: 24 July 2014

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


Luxembourg firm Kleyr Grasso has made three promotions, all taking effect on 1 July. Commercial and finance litigation lawyer Donata Grasso becomes a partner, employment lawyer Philippe Ney a counsel and litigator Henry De Ron a senior associate.

Baker & McKenzie has hired real estate partner Frenk Huisman from Simmons & Simmons. Huisman is mandated with expanding the firm’s real estate practice.

Central & Eastern Europe

Clifford Chance Bucharest partner Perry Zizzi has rejoined Dentons, almost seven years after quitting legacy Salans for the magic circle firm (17 July 2014). Zizzi will lead Dentons’ Romanian banking and finance team and will also be part of the firm’s real estate team. He advises on a broad range of finance and real estate finance issues. Zizzi was previously a partner at Salans in Bucharest and Prague until 2007, when he left for Clifford Chance Badea


French corporate boutique BDGS Associés has made its first lateral hire since setting up 18 months ago, appointing Linklaters M&A partner Marc Loy (14 July 2014). Loy is joining BDGS in September alongside Linklaters of counsel Thomas Meli, who will become a partner at the boutique. Linklaters associate Gauthier Verdon is also making the move. The hires bring the number of partners at BDGS to eight, all with a background at French stalwart Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Meanwhile Linklaters has recruited International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration managing counsel Christian Albanesi for its Paris office. Albanesi joined the ICC in 2007 as deputy counsel in the court’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese team, and was promoted to managing counsel in 2013.

The ICC has promoted Alexander Fessas to managing counsel in Albanesi’s stead. Fessas was formerly the Eastern Mediterranean team counsel at the ICC court.

Fieldfisher has added a trio of partners to its Paris office, bulking up its competition, corporate and tax practices (11 July 2014). Two of the three hail from French firm UGGC Avocats – tax partner Antoine Gabizon and corporate partner Pascal Squercioni. The pair are to be joined by competition partner Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses, who co-founded the small Parisian firm YGMA in 2004.


Luther has hired Michael Krömker as a partner in its Dusseldorf office. The corporate lawyer was previously a managing associate at Linklaters.


Portuguese firm PLMJ has signed a new cooperation agreement with two-partner Madeira firm Mendes Londral & Associados (ML&A) in an extension to its network (17 July 2014). The agreement adds a fifth region to PLMJ’s network of ‘partner’ firms, which already includes firms in the Portuguese cities of Coimbra, Viseu and Guimarães as well as the Azores. It hands the firm north-to-south coverage across Portugal.

Employment lawyer Carlos de la Torre has joined Baker & McKenzie’s Madrid office as of counsel. De la Torre was previously the Ministry of Employment and Social Security’s labour inspector.

Madrid-based litigation and arbitration boutique Ariashas promoted senior associate Dámaso Riaño to its partnership.


Linklaters has hired Clifford Chance lawyer Linda Taylor as counsel in its Milan capital markets team. Taylor will lead the English law capital markets practice in Italy. Additionally, Cheri De Luca, counsel and a senior US securities lawyer in the Linklaters London office, has relocated to the Milan office to lead the US capital markets practice.

The Nordics

Baker & McKenzie has hired Linnéa Back as a partner in Stockholm. Tax specialist Backjoins from Magnusson where she was also a partner.