European moves: 15 May 2014

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


NautaDutilh has promoted two new partners and three associate partners. The new partners, litigator Sophie Jacmain and corporate lawyer Nicolas de Crombrugghe are both based in Brussels. Meanwhile associate partner Jaco Belder, a finance specialist, is in the Netherlands. Restructuring lawyer Romain Sabatier and IP expert Vincent Wellens both become associate partners in the Luxembourg office.

Central & Eastern Europe

Hogan Lovells is to close its Prague office this summer following a strategic review of the market (13 May 2014). Hogan Lovells has been operating in the Czech Republic since 1991. The firm picked up its current Prague managing partner Miroslav Dubovsky when he defected from Clifford Chance where he had been head of corporate in the Czech Republic until 2001.

Austrian firm Schoenherr has hired Anne-Karin Grill as counsel. Litigation and arbitration specialist Grill joins the firm from Binder Grösswang.

Alex Cook has been named the new managing partner of Clifford Chance’s Prague office, effective 1 May 2014. Cook joined Clifford Chance as counsel iin 2005 and was made up in 2007. He takes over from finance partner Vlad Petrus, who, in addition to his existing banking, capital markets and insolvency practice, will now also focus on building the office’s growing litigation and dispute resolution work.


Fidal has hired EU specialist Hervé Jouanjean as of counsel in its Brussels office. Jouanjean was formerly director-general at the European Commission and has held other roles including deputy secretary-general of the European Commission in charge of relationships with the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

Squire Sanders has recruited Denis Charles Barat as a partner in its Paris corporate team. Barat joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was counsel. He focuses particularly on the consumer, food and beverages, luxury goods, manufacturing and distribution sectors.

K&L Gates has appointed Nicola Di Giovanni as a corporate partner in its Paris office. Di Giovanni joins K&L Gates from the Paris office of Baker & McKenzie, where he had been a partner since 2011. Previously, he was a partner in the Paris and London offices of Linklaters.


Hengeler Mueller has elected Dirk Bliesener and Georg Seyfarth as managing partners, effective 1 July 2014. Bliesener and Seyfarth have been partners with Hengeler since 2002 and 2003, respectively. The two new managing partners will succeed Daniela Favoccia and Matthias Hentzen, whose term ends as scheduled by rotation after four years in total.

Luther has picked up the Dusseldorf office of GSK Stockmann + Kollegen. Partners Eckart Petzold and Karl von Hase both join Luther as partners, and will be joined by senior associate Wolfgang Liebau and two associates in due course. The five lawyers focus on corporate law.

Meanwhile Luther has elected Cologne office head Elisabeth Lepique and Markus Sengpiel as co-managing partners. Their four-year tenure begins on 1 July. Sengpiel was previously elected to the role in 2010, alongside Hans-Georg Hahn. Hahn is returning to fee-earning.

Raue has also elected a new management team. Andreas Nelle has replaced Christian von Hammerstein as managing partner following the end of von Hammerstein’s maximum two two-year terms in office. Meanwhile Markus Plesser was named as chief financial officer, Wolfram Hertel as the partner in charge of recruitment, Maren Bedau as the partner in charge of IT and Bettina Tugendreich as the partner overseeing training. HR head Judith Heyn and marketing head Bernd Beckmann retain their roles.

K&L Gates has hired Till Fock as a Berlin-based partner in the investment management practice. Fock joins K&L Gates from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, where he served as head of the financial markets team and a member of the German management group.


A&L Goodbody has appointed six new partners across a number of practice areas in its Dublin, London and Belfast offices. The newly promoted partners are London-based litigator Caoimhe Clarkin, Belfast property lawyer Judith Corbett, Dublin corporate specialists Richard Grey and Ronan Lyons and Jack Sheehy in the London banking team. In addition, Claire Morrissey will be rejoining the firm in early June as partner in the IP and technology group, having spent six years in London with Slaughter and May and Olswang.

McCann FitzGerald has announced the appointment of four new partners, all in its Dublin office. Banking lawyer Tom Dane, litigators Catherine Derrig and Megan Anne Hooper and real estate lawyer Shane Sweeney all join the partnership, bringing the total number of partners at the all-equity firm to 70.


Ashurst corporate partner Fabio Pizzocheri has joined Italian firm Grimaldi Studio Legale to launch its London office (12 May 2014). Pizzocheri had been a partner at Ashurst since 2010, having joined the firm from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf. Initially the London office will target financial institutions, funds, corporate clients and law firms without an Italian operation.


Bird & Bird has hired Philip Graff and Ulrik Fleischer-Michaelsen as partners in its corporate and commercial practice in Denmark. Graff joins the firm from AP Moller-Maersk’s energy services division, where he was global general counsel. Meanwhile Fleischer-Michaelsen was most recently a partner at Rønne & Lundgren.

Russia & CIS

Dentons has hired EY Law lawyer Inna Elisanova as a senior associate in its tax and customs law practice. She will work closely with the team of eight experts in Russian and European customs law and international trade at the firm’s Brussels office.