European moves: 22 November 2012

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


Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach has added to its corporate capabilities with the hire of a partner from Linklaters’ Luxembourg office, Laurent Schummer (6 November 2012). Schummer joins Arendt after six years as a partner at Linklaters, having joined legacy firm De Bandt van Hecke Lagae & Loesch as an associate.

Central & Eastern Europe

Deloitte Legal and its Czech affiliate Ambruz & Dark have announced a new managing partner for their Brno office. Markéta Jančurová has been newly appointed the leading attorney at law and she will be responsible for the future development and strengthening of the position of the Brno office.


Hogan Lovells Paris partner Jean-Georges Betto has quit the firm to launch his own litigation boutique, taking three other staff with him (13 November 2012). Betto, an international arbitration specialist, launched the boutique, Betto Seraglini, in recent weeks. Counsel Gaelle Lequillec, associate Alexandre Reynaud and Elsa Nicolet have all joined the firm. According to the new firm’s website, Betto is “gathering 10 lawyers from top law firms” to staff the boutique.

Jones Day has hired Baker & McKenzie lawyer Nicole Dolenz as a counsel in its Paris arbitration team. Dolenz previously worked in Baker & McKenzie’s New York office. The firm also hired Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent litigation partner Bénédicte Graulle as a counsel.


Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) German managing partner Joachim Feldges as a partner in Munich (6 November 2012). The hire is a boost for A&O’s IP team and comes less than two years after Feldges moved to FFW with three other partners from US firm Howrey.

Baker & McKenzie has also hired an IP partner from FFW in Munich. Jochen Herr is expected to join Baker & McKenzie in February next year. He is admitted as an attorney and patent attorney in Germany as well as being a European patent attorney.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has seen Düsseldorf corporate partner Hildegard Bison leave to join the European arm of longstanding client BP in a senior in-house role (13 November 2012). Bison, who has been at the magic circle firm for 18 years, has joined BP Europa as assistant general counsel and legal manager for FVC Rhine, the oil giant’s fuels value chain covering the company’s refining and marketing business in Germany and the surrounding regions. She started in the new position on 1 November.

Deloitte is set to become the last of the so-called Big Four accountancy firms to launch its own legal offering in Germany by acquiring 100-lawyer national firm Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff (13 November 2012). The audit giant is at the advanced stages of finalising a deal with the German mid-market corporate and M&A specialist, which already operates a strategic alliance with the New York-headquartered professional services group.

US employment firm Ogletree Deakins is set to enter the European market with office launches in London and Berlin before the end of the year (14 November 2012). The firm has hired a three-partner team from Salans for its Berlin launch, including global employment co-chair Henrik Muchal. He is joined by Salans partners Marcus Longino and Carsten Brachmann.

Hengeler Mueller has made four lawyers up to partner and four to counsel as of 1 January 2013. Frankfurt litigator Philipp Hanfland and financial services regulatory specialist Christian Schmies and corporate lawyers Simon Patrick Link in Munich and Christian Wentrup in Düsseldorf all become partners while Frankfurt-based Bianka Bielecke, Susan Kempe-Müller and Vanessa Wettner and Munich-based Anna Roberta Schwander become counsels.

Graf von Westphalen has appointed four associate partners. Berlin real estate lawyer Sven Donner, Frankfurt property lawyer Magnus Dorweiler, Hamburg-based public sector specialist Gerd Schwendinger and finance lawyer Patrick Wolff are all made up on 1 January 2013.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired Frankfurt arbitrator Sabine Konrad as a partner. Konrad joins the firm with her Washington DC colleague, Lisa Richman.

Heisse Kursawe Eversheds has hired Norton Rose lawyer Hesam Shariatmadari as a counsel in Hamburg. Shariatmadari specialises in corporate shipping law.


Miranda Correia Amendoeira & Associados has become the first major Portuguese law firm to open an office in London, taking advantage of the growing interest from both UK and international investors in the African market (15 November 2012). The new base will assist clients with oil and gas, banking and finance, real estate, mining, tax, construction and infrastructure, insurance, TMT and maritime issues. Of counsel Nuno Antunes, who is of Portuguese-Angolan descent, has relocated to London to manage the new office.

Corporate and commercial lawyer Francisco Gallardo, a former partner at Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira in Seville, has joined boutique firm Martínez-Echevarría Pérez & Ferrero as head of the commercial practice group.

Baker & McKenzie’s head of public law Ernesto García-Trevijano has left to join tax boutique Arco Abogados as a partner to expand the firm’s public law offering,

Garrigues litigation partner Juan Pablo Correa joined CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo’s new Barcelona office in October.

José Ignacio Jiménez Blanco, previously head of Clifford Chance’s tax practice in Madrid, left the firm on 1 May and joined KPMG Abogados on 1 October. He will be in charge of tax matters related to the structuring of financial transactions at KPMG.


Mason Hayes & Curran has promoted employment lawyer Elizabeth Ryan to the partnership. Ryan acts for both employers and employees in contentious employment disputes before third parties such as the Rights Commissioner, Employment Appeals Tribunal, Equality Tribunal, the Labour Relations Commission and the Civil Courts.

Russia & CIS

Russian firm Pepeliaev Group has launched an office in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, making it the firm’s third office in the region after Moscow and St Petersburg (9 November 2012). The new office offers a full range of legal services, including advice on tax, corporate, anti-monopoly, land, employment, customs, commercial and intellectual property issues, administrative, criminal and litigation matters. Tax specialist Egor Lysenko, who joined the firm’s Moscow office in February 2006, has relocated to Krasnoyarsk to head the base.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) English-qualified corporate and energy partner Robin Wittering to join its Moscow office (21 November 2012). Wittering, who spent seven years as a partner at legacy firm Herbert Smith’s Moscow office, left the firm on 31 December 2011 and joined Egorov at the beginning of November this year after a period of gardening leave, a spokesperson for the firm confirmed. Wittering, who is dual qualified as a solicitor and barrister in England and Wales, has a wide range of experience in the Russian market, having handled cross-border deals and litigation issues in Russian and the CIS for almost a decade.

Baker & McKenzie has appointed local lawyer Gunduz Karimov as managing partner of its Baku office – the first Azerbaijani to hold the role since the office was founded (19 November 2012). Karimov takes over from Daniel Matthews, who has headed the Baku office since it was set up in 1998. Matthews has relocated to Baker & McKenzie’s Istanbul office, a year after the Turkish office launched.