European moves: 28 November 2013

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

Central & Eastern Europe

Diana-Maria White has been promoted to the position of counsel at the Vienna office of Schoenherr. White is admitted to the bar in both Austria and Germany and has extensive experience in advising national and international clients, particularly on commercial and contract law, corporate matters, and general business law.


Speechly Bircham has launched in Paris, just three months after opening a base in Geneva (25 November 2013). The operation initially consists of four partners and seven associates, and will expand the firm’s personal wealth offering. Partners hires include Stephane de Lassus and Anne-Marie Berthault-Boissonnas, both international tax planning specialists hired from Parisian firm STC Partners. Litigation partner Frederic Jeannin also joined from STC Partners, while corporate partner Thibaut Caharel joined the team from Parisian firm PDGB Avocats.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has hired employment lawyer David Dumarché as a partner. Dumarché joins the firm from Kahn & Associés, where he headed the social law team.

Stephenson Harwood has recruited one of counsel and three associates for its litigation and finance teams in Paris. Litigator Nicolas Demigneux has joined as of counsel from Dentons, alongside fellow litigator Thibaut Gribelin. Hughes Hubbard & Reed lawyer Aurélie Bossert will join the banking team, together with finance lawyer Thomas Guérinel.


UK IP firm EIP has launched its sixth office, hiring partner Benjamin Grzimek from local IP specialist firm Maiwald. The new office will be based in Düsseldorf and is EIP’s first base in Continental Europe. The focus will be on IP litigation services.

Hengeler Mueller has promoted three lawyers to its partnership, effective 1 January 2014. Frankfurt-based employment specialist Hendrik Bockenheimer, corporate lawyer Changfeng Tu in Düsseldorf and Berlin corporate specialist Jens Wenzel all join the partnership. Meanwhile Berlin lawyers Andreas Breier and Fabian Seip and Düsseldorf-based Daniel Zimmer will become counsels.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner (FGvW) is launching a Frankfurt office on 1 January 2014. Partners Tom Erdt and Philip Wiesenecker will join FGvW from local firm Pilger to launch the office, which is the firm’s third.  


Broseta is launching a Zurich office, in what is thought to be the first move by a Spanish firm into Switzerland (14 November 2013). Partner Javier Morera will lead the new venture, which is designed to take advantage of the Swiss financial and wealth management industries. He will be accompanied by a senior associate when the office opens in December.


Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling has elected Christopher Arkbrant and Emma Olnäs Fors as partners and Anna Sukharina as a local partner, effective 1 January 2014. Arkbrant is a Stockholm-based lawyer specialising in funds, while Olnäs Fors is a member of the firm’s M&A team in Gothenburg. Sukharina is also an M&A lawyer, based in Moscow.

Vinge has recruited IP lawyer Richard Wessman, who specialises in trademark rights. Wessmann was previously working at Swedish firm von Lode.


Gide Loyrette Nouel has appointed Boris Prozorov as a partner in its Moscow office. Prozorov will jointly head up the firm’s Russian banking and finance department. He joins Gide from Linklaters, where he was a managing associate.


Dentons has boosted its presence in Istanbul with the hire of six lawyers and three economists specialising in competition (20 November 2013). Şahin Ardıyok joins Dentons’ local associate firm Balcioğlu Selçuk Akman Keki (Baseak) as a partner from consultancy firm ACTECON, bringing with him five lawyers and three economists. Ardıyok represents the Turkish state at the International Chamber of Commerce’s Competition Commission and also represents clients on competition issues before the Turkish Competition Authority.