European moves: 3 October 2013

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


Field Fisher Waterhouse of counsel Thierry van Innis has quit the firm to launch a IP boutique with a former colleague from Allen & Overy (A&O) (2 October 2013). Van Innis has teamed up with A&O senior associate Dieter Delarue to launch Van Innis & Delarue, which will have offices in Antwerp and Brussels. A&O associate Heidi Waem is also joining the firm.

Dutch boutique Rutgers & Posch, which launched earlier this year with a group of partners from established Dutch firms has strengthened its team with two new partners. Stibbe insolvency partner Karen Harmsen and Linklaters counsel Kees Westerman will both bring associates with them.

Central & Eastern Europe

Austrian firm CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has expanded its antitrust practice with the addition of Schoenherr associate Michael Mayer. His main practice areas include merger control and antitrust proceedings, compliance, and dawn raids.

Meanwhile Schoenherr has hired public procurement lawyer Johannes Stalzer as a counsel to head its public procurement team. Stalzer was previously a partner at Weber & Co.


Jones Day has hired Allen & Overy tax partner Siamak Mostafavi as a partner (27 September 2013). Mostafavi has been a partner at A&O since 1999, when he was part of a three-partner hire from Gide Loyrette Nouel. He is bringing an associate with him to Jones Day and will help develop the US firm’s finance practice both in France and globally.

Sullivan & Cromwell has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer corporate partner Patrick Bonvarlet as senior counsel. Bonvarlet will jointly head up the firm’s corporate team in France.

Racine has hired Dominique Tufféry-Kerhervé as a partner in its corporate and tax teams in Nantes. Tufféry-Kerhervé was previously corporate general counsel for Noble Age, a company focusing on retirement homes and healthcare for elderly people.

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre has appointed tax partner Daniel Gutmann as head of tax research. Gutmann replaces Jean-Yves Mercier, who is retiring.


US firm Morrison & Foerster is opening in Germany after agreeing to take on the whole of Hogan Lovells’ Berlin office (24 September 2013). Nine partners led by corporate and technology partner Christoph Wagner are in talks to set up the firm’s first German venture, including corporate and M&A trio Karin Arnold, Dirk Besse and Jörg Meissner, competition specialist Eckhard Bremer, TMT regulatory and antitrust partner Andreas Grünwald and litigation partner Thomas Keul.

K&L Gates has added Klaus Banke as a partner in its corporate and M&A practice in Frankfurt. Banke was previously counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. He advises international and German companies on M&A transactions and joint ventures as well as on general corporate law.

Stuttgart firm Menold Bezler has hired Gleiss Lutz partner Andreas Wölfle. Wölfle focuses on cross-border M&A and finance work. His hire brings the number of partners at Menold Bezler to 31.


Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo is taking on Irwin Mitchell’s offices in Madrid and Marbella, with the two firms also signing an alliance to work together in the future (1 October 2013). Irwin Mitchell and Cremades signed an agreement which will see the Spanish firm absorb the two offices. The announcement comes less than a fortnight after it first emerged that Irwin Mitchell was in talks over the disposal of its Spanish operations.

Russia & CIS

Swedish firm Magnusson has launched its third office in a year, opening in Ukraine with the hire of a partner from Cypriot firm Andreas Neocleous & Co (1 October 2013). Anton Prysyazhnyuk, previously managing partner of Andreas Neocleous’s Kiev office, will lead a team of 10 lawyers from a variety of firms including Baker & McKenzie, Linklaters, Russia’s Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners and Austrian firm Schoenherr.

White & Case has opened an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, marking its second base in Kazakhstan (1 October 2013). The new office will be headed by energy partner Maxim Telemtayev, who manages the firm’s operations in Kazakhstan and will split his time between Astana and Almaty. He joined the firm’s Almaty office in 2011 from Macleod Dixon, where he was the Almaty-based managing partner for the firm’s practice in Kazakhstan.