European moves: 5 September 2013

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


Bird & Bird has appointed Marcus Huisman as a partner in its office in The Hague. Huisman joins from Houthoff Buruma, where he was a partner in the firm’s employment practice. He advises on all aspects of domestic and international employment law.

Baker Botts has hired Covington & Burling litigator Georg Berrisch as a partner in its Brussels office. Berrisch specialises in competition law, state aid and trade matters in the EU and joins Baker Botts a year after the US firm launched in Brussels.

Central & Eastern Europe

Kinstellar has launched its seventh office, taking a team from Dentons to open in Kazakhstan (3 September 2013). Partner Joel Benjamin and senior associate Adlet Yerkinbayev, who is also becoming a partner, join the firm with eight associates.

Baker & McKenzie has elected Marek Rosiński as Warsaw managing partner for a two-year term. He takes over from Marcin Gmaj, who held the position for two terms. Rosiński has been a partner at Baker & McKenzie since 2003 and was previously office managing partner between 2007 and 2009.


Pinsent Masons is celebrating its one-year anniversary in Paris by launching a tax practice with the hire of partner Eugénie Berthet from Marccus Partners (3 September 2013). Berthet will rejoin former colleagues at Pinsents, which opened in the French capital last year through the hire of a team from Marccus Partners. Berthet’s hire brings the number of lawyers in France to around 25, including 10 partners.


Hengeler Mueller is relocating private equity partner Steffen Oppenländer to its London office to boost its offering in the City (15 August 2013). Oppenländer will be the third partner at Hengeler in London, alongside Martin Geiger and Daniel Kress.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has hired five partners in the fields of banking, investment funds, finance and tax for its Frankfurt and Zurich offices. Kai-Uwe Steck, Christoph Gringel and Michael Neises will join the Frankfurt office as equity partners and Jörn Matuszewski as salaried partner in October alongside Zurich-based equity partner Matthias Hertel. Another three associates are moving to Heuking, with the whole team coming from Berger Steck & Kollegen.

Dentons has appointed WilmerHale counsel Ilka Mehdorn as a partner in its German healthcare and life sciences sector group in Berlin. Mehdorn focuses particularly on regulatory law.

Noerr is hiring Allen & Overy counsel Michael Brellochs as an associated partner in Munich. Brellochs advises on capital markets and M&A transactions.

Linklaters has announced that Georg Crezelius has joined the firm as of counsel. Crezelius joins after a career largely in academia, having spent 28 years as the chair for tax law at the University of Bamberg.

CMS Hasche Sigle has hired Thomas Brunn as a partner in its energy practice from Clifford Chance, where he was a counsel. Brunn will advise clients on energy transactions from CMS’s Düsseldorf office.


Portuguese firm Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) has appointed Linklaters’ former local managing partner Jorge Bleck as a partner and head of M&A and corporate finance (3 September 2013). Bleck officially joined VdA on 1 September after 11 years at Linklaters, where he helped found the firm’s Lisbon office. He headed up Linklaters’ Portugal operations for four years, handing over to finance head Pedro Siza Vieira in 2006. He was later elected to the magic circle firm’s international management board, stepping down last year.


McCann FitzGerald has picked up a corporate partner from rival Arthur Cox in a rare lateral hire between two of Ireland’s biggest firms (3 September 2013). Conor O’Dwyer joins McCanns as the firm also shifts banking partner Ronan Molony into its corporate team.


NCTM Studio Legale Associato has appointed Luigi Merola as of counsel in its Milan office. Merola specialises in banking, insurance and financial taxation, as well as social security law. He joins from Dattilo & Associati, where he was a partner.


Magnusson has appointed Nikolaj Juhl Hansen as the managing partner of its Copenhagen office, succeeding Lars Jørgensen (14 August 2013). Juhl Hansen was hired by Magnusson earlier this year from Eversheds, where he was office managing partner. Jørgensen has held the role for the past two years and is returning to full-time practice.

Magnusson has also hired the general counsel of Sweden’s biggest publishing house Bonnierförlagen to head up its IP and media practice in Stockholm (21 August 2013). Dag Wetterberg will start work at Magnusson on 2 September after eight years at Bonnierförlagen.