European moves: 6 September 2012

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


US firm Baker Botts has become the latest firm to launch a Brussels office focusing on competition work, with the hire of Hogan Lovells’ local office head Catriona Hatton and Dutch competition specialist Paul Lugard (29 August 2012). Lugard was formerly antitrust head at Royal Phillips Electronics and most recently has been an assistant professor at Tilburg Law and Economics Centre in the Netherlands and acting chair of the International Chamber of Commerce’s competition commission. Hatton will bring with her an associate from Hogan Lovells, who will join in due course.

Stibbe partner Olivier Clevenbergh, formerly in charge of managing the firm’s alliance with Herbert Smith and Gleiss Lutz before it disbanded in 2011, is leaving the firm to establish a boutique (18 July 2012). Clevenbergh is launching his corporate and litigation boutique in the last quarter of this year.

Stibbe has promoted Wim Panis and Xavier Gillot as partners in the Stibbe Brussels tax team and Hervé Leclerq as counsel in the firm’s Luxembourg corporate team.

Field Fisher Waterhouse has hired a three-lawyer regulatory team in Brussels headed by partner David Haverbeke. Haverbeke joins from Lydian where he was head of the energy practice. He will be joined by associates Wouter Vandorpe and Cathy Suykens.

Loyens & Loeff has hired De Brauw Blackstone & Westbroek partner Elisabetta Aarts as an of counsel. Aarts advises and litigates on behalf of an extensive group of national and international clients in the energy sector in the framework of energy projects, energy contracts, M&A and financing transactions.

Charles-Antoine Leunen has joined Linklaters as a partner in its Belgian banking and capital markets practice based in Brussels. He was previously a partner in the finance and corporate group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels.

The Brussels office of K&L Gates has hired Sebastián Romero Melchor as a partner in its food, drugs, medical devices and cosmetics practice. He was founder and managing partner of a boutique firm focused on EU food and nutrition law.


DLA Piper is merging with corporate boutique Frieh Bouhenic later this year (27 August 2012). The merger will add 26 lawyers to DLA Piper’s strengths in Paris.

Pinsent Masons is opening an office in Paris by hiring a team of nine partners from Marccus Partners (31 August 2012). Corporate partner Christophe Maurer will head up the office, which will offer corporate, M&A, commercial, restructuring, finance, real estate, IT/IP, employment, litigation and arbitration advice.

Taylor Wessing has added to its property group with the hire of Orrick Rambaud Martel partner Alfred Fink, who will lead the firm’s French real estate team (4 September 2012). Fink joins Taylor Wessing along with associate Peter Schäfer and a paralegal. He will take charge of the firm’s property practice in Paris.

French firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés has added its third partner to its Chinese team, bringing on board corporate partner Emmanuel Meril (3 September 2012). Meril joins Lefèvre Pelletier from Chinese firm TransAsia Lawyers, a corporate practice with a focus on technology, where he was special counsel.

Lefèvre Pelletier has also recruited Xavier Pican as partner in charge of IP and IT from the same role with Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent.

Allen & Overy has hired Marie Stoyanov as counsel in its international arbitration practice, to be based in Paris. Stoyanov joins Allen & Overy from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Jones Day has hired private equity partners Daniel Schmidt and Florence Moulin from French firm DFi Avocats to strengthen its French private equity team. Schmidt and Moulin bring a team of lawyers with them.

JeantetAssociés has picked up PPP specialist Philippe Malléa and a three-lawyer team from Norton Rose. Malléa, a partner at Norton Rose, joined Jeantet as a partner in June.


Deutsche Bank’s chief legal officer for Germany and Central Europe, Arne Wittig, has left the bank to become general counsel at steel conglomerate ThyssenKrupp (5 July 2012). Wittig will be replaced by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Christof von Dryander (31 August 2012).

Pinsent Masons is launching in Munich with the hire of seven partners (26 June 2012). Two partners – designated office head Ulrich Lohmann and Nina Leonard – join from von Boetticher Hasse Lohmann, while another two – Eike Fietz and Joern Fingerhuth – join from Luther. The final three partners – Florian von Baum, Rainer Kreifels and Manfred Schmid – join from boutique technology practice Mlaw.

DLA Piper has appointed a new Germany managing partner to replace Ulrich Jüngst, who has been in the role since the practice was launched in 2004 (21 June 2012). Munich-based Jan Geert Meents, who has headed the firm’s German intellectual property and technology department since 2010 and will continue to do so, will take over from Jüngst as Germany managing partner.

DLA Piper has also hired Linklaters managing associate Wolfram Distler as a partner in its Frankfurt finance and projects team.

German employment lawyer Georg Annuss is joining Linklaters as a Munich-based partner from German firm Noerr, where he was also a partner.

Simmons & Simmons has hired Wolfgang Kotzur as a finance partner in Frankfurt. He joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a counsel.

Hans Henning Hoff has joined Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek in Hamburg as a salaried partner. Hoff, a corporate lawyer, was previously an associate at Zenk Rechtsanwälte.

Luther has promoted four lawyers to its partnership. The new partners are corporate lawyer Philipp Dietz in Cologne, Hamburg-based litigator Christoph von Burgsdorff, and Andreas Tüxen and Philipp Zschaler, both in Berlin.


Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo will launch an office in New York this autumn (26 July 2012). The New York office will be overseen by Madrid-based corporate partner Rubén Ferrer, who will relocate to New York to become managing partner of the office. Ferrer previously worked as a foreign associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore in both New York and London.

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has lost three employment partners. In June equity partner Antonio Bartolomé left the firm to join the labour department at KPMG Abogados, taking with him four associates (25 June 2012). Fellow equity partner Javier Hervás Martínez left Cuatrecasas on 30 June (23 July 2012). He is believed to be currently working on a number of independent projects, both of a legal and non-legal nature. Meanwhile partner Sonia Cortés defected to labour boutique Abdón Pedrajas & Molero at the end of June (25 July 2012).

Spanish firm Olleros Abogados has hired Miguel Gordillo Moro, a former managing partner of Garrigues, as of counsel (11 July 2012). Gordillo co-managed Spain’s largest law firm alongside José María Alonso Puig for almost a decade between 2000 and 2009.

Nuno Galvão Teles has been elected as managing partner of Portuguese law firm Morais Leitão Galvão Teles Soares da Silva.


Irish firm William Fry is launching a London office, to be headed by corporate partner Stephen Keogh, who focuses on M&A and private equity work (29 August 2012). William Fry previously had a London office but closed it in 1998. Its domestic rivals all have a presence in the City.

Litigation partner Noreen Howard has joined the Dublin office of DAC Beachcroft, covering the insurance market. She was a partner at Matheson Ormsby Prentice.


Linklaters is set to launch an Italian litigation practice with the hire of Milan partner Alessandro Villani from former ally-turned-adversary Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners (12 July 2012). Villani, a former Allen & Overy senior associate, will join the magic circle firm as a partner later this year, with an exact starting date unconfirmed. He focuses on commercial and banking disputes, insolvency cases and contentious regulatory matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected Rome partner Tommaso Salonico as its Italy managing partner, with the competition specialist taking over from Marzio Longo on 1 August (19 July 2012). Salonico, who joined the magic circle firm in 2000, has been voted in for a three-year term. The appointment coincides with the election of finance partner Emiliano Conio to the new role of co-managing partner for the Milan base.

Bird & Bird’s Italian office has taken on Federica Pietrogrande as head of corporate restructuring and insolvency from a senior associate post with Milan firm Studio Legale Biscozzi Nobili.

Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners has promoted Giuseppe Cannizzaro, Fabio Chiarenza, Kathleen Lemmens and Ettore Scimemi to its partnership.


Swedish firm Magnusson has expanded into Norway by entering into an exclusive association with local firm Kluge (16 August 2012). The move follows Magnusson’s launch in Estonia in March and its expansion within Sweden in January.

Russia & CIS

Herbert Smith has hired Moscow-based disputes partner Alexei Panich from Salans to help fill the gap left by the departure of the firm’s Moscow disputes head in June (3 September 2012). Dmitry Kurochkin, the former head of Herbert Smith’s Moscow litigation arbitration practice and employment and group head of the CEMEA (Continental Europe Middle East and Africa) litigation practice, left the firm for Dechert in June, barely a year after he was promoted to the role (21 June 2012).

BP’s Russian joint venture partner Renova Group has made a high-profile addition to its in-house team with the hire of ex-Simmons & Simmons Moscow chief Konstantin Orlov as its legal number two (20 August 2012). Orlov, a former general counsel of Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital (RenCap), is set to join the Moscow-based conglomerate in a role equivalent to deputy general counsel, reporting to chief legal officer Igor Cheremikin.

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, has hired Kyle Davis as a partner in its corporate and M&A practice. He was a counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has announced its annual promotions in Moscow. Denis Arkhipov and Andrey Porfiriev have become partners and Victoria Burkovskaya, Natalia Kuznetsova and Igor Serebryakov were made counsels.