European moves: 2 May 2013

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


Stibbe has hired tax partner Diogo Duarte de Oliveira from CMS DeBacker Luxembourg. Duarte de Oliveira serves clients that are principally located in France, Southern Europe, Africa, and Latin-America. He will work closely with Stibbe’s tax head Ayzo van Eysinga and partner Paul Tulcinsky, as well as the corporate, banking and funds teams.

Luxembourg firm Molitor has announced the imminent departure of partner Laurent Fisch. Fisch is leaving the firm to pursue an independent career, seeking to avoid potential client conflict issues raised by his involvement in the Lehman Brothers liquidation.

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has appointed Olivier Proust as of counsel in its Brussels privacy and information team. Proust joins FFW from Morrison & Foerster’s Brussels office. He specialises in French privacy law, data protection and data security, including the implementation of global data management strategies, international data transfers and local data compliance.


French independent Jeantet Associés has appointed Orrick Rambaud Martel partner Catherine Saint Geniest as a partner in its real estate group (22 April 2013). Saint Geniest’s arrival brings the number of lawyers in Jeantet’s property team to seven. She joined Orrick in 2006, when legacy firm Rambaud Martel merged with the US outfit, having been a partner there since 1990.


Latham & Watkins has announced the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) German capital markets partner Okko Behrends in a boost for the US firm’s Frankfurt office (19 April 2013). Behrends, who has been a partner at A&O since 2000, focuses on international capital markets transactions, including covered bonds, structured debt instruments and OTC derivatives.

Meanwhile A&O hired Shearman & Sterling corporate partner Hans Diekmann as a partner in its Düsseldorf office (23 April 2013). Diekmann will join A&O later this year, although his start date is yet to be confirmed.

Shearman & Sterling is closing down two-thirds of its German office network, with many of the lawyers in Düsseldorf and Munich set to lose their jobs with the US firm (23 April 2013). Shearman will continue to operate in Germany via its office in Frankfurt, which currently has around 10 partners and another 15 associates. Several of the lawyers in the offices Shearman is shutting down, including high-profile M&A partner Georg Thoma, are expected to relocate to the country’s finance capital. Munich is the US firm’s smaller German office with two partners while Düsseldorf has around half a dozen.

Hans Felix Schäfer has joined Graf von Westphalen’s Düsseldorf office as an associate partner from domestic firm HFK Rechtsanwälte. He focuses on real estate law, particularly in the logistics, retail, hotel and special property sectors. He also specialises in asset management including commercial lease law as well as in green building and green leases.


Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has named Pedros Claros as head of its Latin American arbitration practice. Claros is based in Madrid. He will work closely with Iñigo Quintana, who focuses on the Brazilian market.


McCann FitzGerald has promoted five new partners, all in its Dublin office. The appointments bring the number of partners at the firm to 67. Banking and finance lawyer Joshua Hogan, real estate specialist Richard Leonard, procurement lawyer Jenny Mellerick, Rory O’Malley in corporate and restructuring lawyer Lisa Smyth all made the grade for promotion.


Chiomenti elected five lawyers to its partnership at its recent partners’ meeting, with all promotions effective 1 January 2013. Gregorio Consoli and Antonio Tavella both work in the firm’s finance team. Corporate and M&A lawyer Luca Liistro, tax lawyer Raul-Angelo Papotti and employment specialist Emanuele Barberis are also promoted.

Pavia e Ansaldo has hired Matteo Benozzo and Francesco Bruno as of counsel in the firm’s environment and health and safety practice. Both join from Legance and will be based in Rome.

Employment boutique Lablaw has appointed Lucia Bianco as of counsel in its sports team. Bianco began her career in-house at Lega Professionisti Serie C (the Italian Professional Soccer League). She has also worked as a specialist sports law lawyer at AS Roma SpA as well as working as a legal advisor to the Italian Women’s Volleyball League (FIPAV).


Vinge has hired Håkan Borgenhäll as a partner. IP specialist Borgenhäll was previously head of Lindahl’s IP team, having joined the firm in 2009.