European moves: 6 March 2014

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

Central & Eastern Europe

Clifford Chance Badea has appointed Loredana Ralea as counsel. Ralea has previously worked at firms including CMS and Gide Loyrette Nouel. She focuses on corporate law.

Austrian firm Binder Grösswang has promoted banking and finance lawyer Stephan Heckenthaler and corporate specialist Markus Uitz to its partnership. The firm has also hired corporate lawyer Martin Frenzel. Frenzel joins the firm from Schoenherr.

Wolf Theiss has hired Linklaters’ former German HR head Hubert Beykirch as chief human resources officer, replacing Barbara Stimpfl-Abele who is on maternity leave. Beykirch was most recently an independent HR consultant.


King & Spalding has established a Paris tax practice with the addition of partner Aurélia de Viry, a specialist in French real estate and corporate tax law. De Viry joins King & Spalding from Clifford Chance, where she was a counsel.


Taylor Wessing’s German managing partner Michael-Florian Ranft is stepping down from the position, just one year into his four-year term (27 February 2014). Ranft was elected as head of the firm’s German offices last year after the previous German chief, Wolfgang Rehmann, stepped down. While holding the German managing partner role, Ranft continued to lead Taylor Wessing’s China practice group and he is planning to renew his focus on this area.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has hired DLA Piper counsel Michael Sörgel as an equity partner in its Düsseldorf office. Sörgel focuses on corporate law. Meanwhile the firm has also hired corporate lawyer Daniela Rinke as a salaried partner in Munich. Rinke joins from AFR Rechtsanwälte.


Portugal’s Vieira de Almeida (VdA) has promoted corporate finance lawyer Cláudia Cruz Almeida and litigator Sofia Ribeiro Branco to its partnership. Both lawyers began their careers at VdA in 1999.


NCTM Studio Legale Associato has hired Bonelli Erede Pappalardo partner Andrea de Tomas for its London office, where he will be part of the banking and finance department. Corporate and restructuring specialist Guido Fauda will also be spending some time in London, as well as Milan.

The Baltics and Nordics

Castrén & Snellman partner Juha Koponen has joined Borenius to head the firm’s capital markets practice. Koponen is dual-qualified in New York and Finland and has previously worked at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and in-house at Nokia, before joining Castrén & Snellman.

Baltic firm LAWIN has added two partners to its roster. Academic and civil and IP law expert Vytautas Mizaras, who heads the private law faculty at Vilnius University, has joined the firm. Meanwhile commercial disputes head Egidijus Baranauskas, who moved to Lawin in 2012, has joined the partnership.

Swedish music rights organisation Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå (STIM) has promoted its general counsel to acting CEO following the resignation of Kenth Muldin (27 February 2014). General counsel Helena Woodcock has taken up the role after the current CEO’s departure and her co-worker Emil Discksved has been appointed as acting general counsel. Woodcock joined STIM in 2008 from Swedish multinational household appliance company AB Electrolux.