European moves: 13 June 2013

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


Osborne Clarke (OC) has completed the launch of its Brussels office, hiring a two-partner team from former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners (3 June 2013). De Wolf employment partner Thierry Viérin and commercial partner Stefan Deswert both become partners at OC. They are joined by five associates covering corporate, commercial, competition and employment, in addition to three support staff, gifting the firm a total of 10 lawyers and back-office employees.

Meanwhile De Wolf has hired Emmanuel Wauters as of counsel. Wauters will be in charge of the firm’s employment department. His areas of expertise cover legal advising and court procedures in employment and social security law-related matters with a special focus on HR issues in general. He joins from Bénichou-Wauters where he was a partner.

Central & Eastern Europe

Schoenherr has appointed Bratislava partner Stanislav Kovár as office managing partner. Kovár, who specialises in corporate law, M&A and financing transactions, has been with Schoenherr in Slovakia since the opening of the firm’s Bratislava office in 2009.

Bird & Bird has appointed Malgorzata Darowska as a partner in its Polish office. Darowska will work across the IT and IP practices and has over 13 years’ experience advising clients in a variety of sectors including financial services, energy, IT, media and telecommunications, life sciences and food and beverages. She specialises in technology transfer and commercialisation, e-commerce, privacy and data protection, consumer protection and IP, in particular projects related to IP management. She joins from Dentons (legacy Salans) where she was a senior associate.


Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has picked up a three-strong tax team from Jones Day in Paris, including the US firm’s European tax head Vincent Agulhon (30 May 2013). Agulhon has joined Darrois as a partner, along with counsel Loïc Védie and associate Zoé Attali.

US firm Bryan Cave has picked up two lawyers from Dentons’ Paris office, including litigation head Constantin Achillas, in a bid to strengthen its litigation and financial services teams (4 June 2013). Achillas moves to Bryan Cave alongside lawyer Jean-Norbert Pontier, who will work in the firm’s financial services client services group. The duo were both formerly lawyers at Dentons legacy firm SNR Denton. Achillas was a longstanding partner of SNR and its legacy firm Denton Wilde Sapte, while Pontier joined the firm last year from Nixon Peabody, where he was a partner.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has hired Andrea Pinna as a partner to boost its litigation and arbitration team. Pinna joins from Bredin Prat, where he was an associate. He advises clients on international arbitration and litigation.

Ombline Ancelin has joined the Paris office of Simmons & Simmons as a partner. Her practice encompasses the full range of competition law, including merger control, anti-competitive practices, distribution and franchising, and also general EU law and consumer law. She works on both advisory and contentious matters, and litigates before the French Competition Authority, the Paris Court of Appeal and Commercial Courts. Ancelin joins from Hogan Lovells where she was an of counsel.

Jones Day has hired IP lawyer Olivier Banchereau as a counsel in its Paris office. Banchereau joins the firm from Hogan Lovells, where he was also a counsel.

Racine has opened in Strasbourg by merging with local firm Wachsmann & Associés. The tie-up brings eight partners, eight lawyers and 11 support staff to the firm.


Noerr is expanding its litigation team with the hire of Matthias Weyhreter as an associated partner in Munich. Weyhreter previously worked for many years at Siemens and Linklaters in the area of dispute resolution.

Luther has hired Baker & McKenzie senior associate as a partner in its Cologne office. Koch advises on banking and banking and financial services supervisory law.

Latham & Watkins has appointed Joachim Grittmann as a counsel in Frankfurt. Grittmann’s practice focuses on administrative and regulatory law with particular experience in the energy, mining, telecoms, automotive, real estate, financial services, and transportation sectors. He joins the firm from Shearman & Sterling


DAC Beachcroft has bolstered its Madrid partnership with the hire of Ruth Duque, who formerly oversaw legislation policy at the Spanish regulator, the Directorate General of Insurance and Pension Funds (31 May 2013). In her previous post Duque was responsible for drafting new legislation to govern the insurance market and worked on a number of bills relating to mediation.


Bonelli Erede Pappalardo litigation partner Luca Radicati di Brozolo is leaving the firm with an associate to launch a litigation and arbitration boutique (12 June 2013). Radicati di Brozolo joined Bonelli in 2001, having previously worked in the office of the legal adviser for the Bank of International Settlements in Basel and as a partner at Chiomenti Studio Legale. He is setting up the boutique with senior associate Michele Sabatini.

DLA Piper has opened an Italian Desk in its London office with the hire of Bonelli senior associate Ugo de Vivo, who is a finance specialist. He joins DLA Piper as an of counsel.

K&L Gates has hired Stefano Bardella as counsel in its commercial disputes practice in Milan. He joins from DLA Piper, where he was senior associate in the Rome litigation and arbitration practice.