European moves: 31 October 2013

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


Luxembourg firm Molitor has hired Chan Park as a partner in its corporate practice. Park joins the firm from D.Law, where he was counsel.

Central & Eastern Europe

Georgeta Gavriloiu has joined the Bucharest office of Austrian firm Schoenherr as senior associate in the firm’s Romanian competition practice. Gavriloiu was most recently a senior official at the Romanian Competition Council. She provides legal advice on the entire array of competition matters in all sectors of the economy, but with a particular focus on the industrial and energy sectors.

Meanwhile Schoenherr has appointed Jitka Linhartová as head of its Czech competition practice. Linhartová joined Schoenherr in 2007.

Czech firm Peterka & Partners is opening a Budapest office through the hire of partner Ádám Illés. Illés previously ran his own firm. The office will provide clients with a full service in all areas of business law, and is Peterka’s ninth geographical base.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners (FWP) has promoted Philip Neubauer to the role of junior partner. Neubauer joined FWP in 2009 and works in the firm’s employment team.


Morgan Lewis & Bockius has been left with just three partners in Paris after a raid by Gide Loyrette Nouel, which has taken a team of 19 lawyers, including nine partners (16 October 2013). The team includes Paris managing partner Anne Tolila and partner Jean Leygonie, who were both part of the team that left De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie to launch the Paris office for Morgan Lewis in 2004. Five partners and four associates are to join Gide’s M&A department. They include Tolila, Pierre-Antoine Dubecq, David-James Sebag and Olivier Edwards, who headed Morgan Lewis’ European emerging business and technology practice initiative. Four other partners and their teams are to join the funds formation, competition, employment and taxation practice groups.

Linklaters has expanded its Paris arbitration group with the hire of a three-partner team from Paris-based Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (22 October 2013). In what will be a boost for the firm in Paris Linklaters has hired duo Pierre Duprey and Matthieu de Boisséson, who created the arbitration team at Paris-based Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier as well as Roland Ziadé from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton where he was counsel. Arbitrator Boisséson is also a door tenant with Littleton Chambers. The firm has also added Andew Plump from Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier as counsel.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has hired Gide Loyrette Nouel tax partner Gilbert Ladreyt . Ladreyt has been a partner at Gide since 1994, and managed the firm’s Beijing office from 1999 to 2002.

De Gaulle Fleurance has also hired real estate specialist Nathalie Garnier as senior counsel. Garnier was most recently working in the property sector, as general director of Newland Development in France and Poland.


Baker & McKenzie has turned to Gleiss Lutz for the hire of employment partner Burkard Göpfert (30 October 2013). Göpfert joins Baker & McKenzie on 1 November after 14 years at the German firm. He will be based in the Munich and Frankfurt offices. His expertise spans cross-border transactions and restructurings, as well as compliance and litigation issues.


Garrigues is bolting on Colombian firm Zarama y Asociados to launch its own office in the South American country (29 October 2013). Zarama founder Fernando Zarama and fellow partner Camilo Zarama will both join Garrigues as partners, bringing with them six other lawyers. Fernando Zarama founded the firm in 2000 and was later joined by Camilo Zarama, who previously worked at Garrigues’ Madrid office. In recent weeks a further 10 lawyers have also been recruited to Garrigues’ new Bogota office, mainly from local firms.

Olswang has hired a duo of partners for its Madrid office. Criminal law expert Enrique Bacigalupo joins the firm from DLA Piper, while corporate partner Eduardo Coca most recently ran his own firm.


William Fry has hired asset management partner Ian Dillon from Cayman Islands firm Campbells. Dillon headed up Campbells’ mutual funds practice. He previously worked at William Fry from 1998 to 2004, before leaving to join Pioneer Investments.

Mason Hayes & Curran has strengthened its public and administrative team with the recruitment of Conor Fottrell as partner. Fottrell is a specialist childcare lawyer, who joins Mason Hayes from RDJ Glynn in Galway.

LK Shields has promoted Gerard Brady to partner. Brady is a commercial property specialist with experience in a range of real estate areas, and has worked at LK Shields for three years.


NCTM has hired Lorenzo Attolico as a partner in its IP practice, along with associates Francesca Romana Florio and Francesco Henke. Attolico comes to NCTM from R&P Legal, which was formerly the Italian branch of Squire Sanders legacy firm Hammonds. Attolico was the firm’s managing partner between 2007 and 2009.


Sweden’s Vinge is hiring Lindahl senior counsel Ulf Dahlgren to strengthen its IP team. Dalhgren will join Vinge in 2014. He has a particular focus on patent litigation.

Swedish firm Kastell has recruited Christina Mailund from Linklaters, where she worked since 2002 and was most recently a managing associate. Prior to joining Linklaters, Christina worked at the Swedish Competition Authority.

Russia & CIS

Ukrainian firm Sayenko Kharenko is launching a representative office in London at the same time as developing a standalone government relations practice (28 October 2013). The London office will be headed by Ukrainian-qualified lawyer Iryna Nagayets, who has joined Sayenko Kharenko as a counsel from Baker & McKenzie, where she was a senior associate. Meanwhile the government relations practice will be headed by non-lawyer Andy Hunder. Hunder previously headed up the international business development team at Russian firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners and legacy firm Magisters.

Kinstellar has appointed Maksim Grekov as counsel in its Almaty office. Grekov focuses mainly on corporate, finance and capital markets law. He was previously a counsel at Grata Law Firm.


Turkish firms Engin Law Office and Güden Law Office merged on 1 October, with the aim of strengthening their presence in the Turkish market. The new firm is known as Güden & Engin Law Firm and located in Istanbul financial district Atasehir.