European moves: 4 September 2014

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


Dutch corporate boutique Rutgers & Posch has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Robert ten Have to boost its capital markets practice (26 August 2014). Ten Have will start work at Rutgers & Posch on 1 September. He joined Freshfields in 2005 from NautaDutilh, and headed up the magic circle firm’s Amsterdam office between 2008 and 2011. Ten Have is the tenth partner for the boutique, which was launched 18 months ago by a team of lawyers from DLA Piper, Houthoff Buruma and Stibbe.

De Wolf & Partners has appointed Gerald Stevens as its new managing partner. His appointment, which took place during the last general assembly meeting, follows a period of restructuring at De Wolf. Stevens is a founding partner of De Wolf and launched the firm’s activities in Luxembourg. Other board appointments include Patrick De Wolf as senior partner and Dominique Bogaert.

Osborne Clarke has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Cristine Brinkman as a partner in Amsterdam. Brinkman specialises in M&A, private equity, joint ventures, transactional real estate and corporate litigation.  

Central & Eastern Europe

DLA Piper has bucked the recent trend of slimming down in Eastern Europe by expanding its Prague offering through a merger with local firm Haškovcová & Co (1 September 2014). The merger, which took effect on 1 September, sees two partners and seven lawyers joining DLA Piper’s existing Czech office, almost doubling the firm’s capabilities. Haškovcová & Co managing partner Thu Nga Haškovcová will become country managing partner of DLA Piper in the Czech Republic. Fellow partner Petr Šabatka will head up the firm’s local litigation and regulatory group.

CHSH Cerhal Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati has hired Wolf Theiss lawyer Alexander Slana as a member of its contentious business team. Slana specialises particularly in banking litigation.


Clifford Chance has hired a team of three lawyers, including partner Fabrice Cohen, from Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Paris office (3 September 2014). Cohen joins Clifford Chance just two years after joining Willkie Farr from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (1 October 2012). Counsel Gabriel Flandin and senior associate Basma Paradin are making the move to Clifford Chance with Cohen.

DS Avocats has hired Benoît Charrière-Bournazel as a corporate partner in Paris. Charrière-Bournazel joins the firm from CBR & Associés, where he was also a partner.


Squire Patton Boggs has hired Sidley Austin partner Jens Rinze, three months after Sidley confirmed it was closing down its German practice (2 September 2014). Rinze, a capital markets specialist, joins Squire Patton Boggs in Frankfurt. He was previously the last remaining partner at Sidley in Germany.

Noerr has hired Falk Osterloh as an associated partner in Düsseldorf. Osterloh was previously with Oppenhoff & Partner in Cologne for almost seven years, most recently as junior partner. He specialises in corporate work.

Noerr has also announced that Thomas Schulz has taken over from Hans Radau as head of its London office. Radau spent four years in London and will return to Munich.

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed three partners in Germany. Competition partner Maxim Kleine will join the Hamburg office from Oppenhoff & Partner, where he was head of antitrust. Clemens Rübel is an IP and patent litigation partner who will be based in Munich, and was previously a partner at Bardehle Pagenberg. Christian Wolf is a banking litigation partner who is joining the Frankfurt office from DLA Piper, where he was a counsel.

Mayer Brown has announced the hire of Patrick Scholl as a partner in Frankfurt. Scholl was previously a counsel in the capital markets team at Allen & Overy.

UK IP firm Withers & Rogers has opened an office in Munich as part of a strategic move to stay close to the European Patent Office. The firm has signed a collaborative agreement with Munich-based intellectual property firm, Fleuchaus & Gallo, and Withers & Rogers will be sharing their office space from September this year. Adrian Tombling will relocate to Munich to lead the operations as senior partner.


PLMJ has strengthened its team with the arrival of Pedro Caetano Nunes as of counsel, who for 14 years and until very recently was a judge in one of the Lisbon civil courts. Caetano Nunes is also a professor and chair of corporate law at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

The Nordics

Swedish polymer solutions company Trelleborg has announced that former Dometic Group general counsel Charlotta Grähs will replace Ulf Gradén as the company’s general counsel from 1 October (28 August 2014). Grähs will take on a role as part of Trelleborg’s group management and act as secretary to its board of directors. She joins the company from her role as group general counsel for global marine appliances manufacturer Dometic Group, where she worked for over three years.

Bird & Bird has appointed Anders Wernblad as a partner in its IT and TMT team in Copenhagen. Wernblad joins from LETT, where he was a partner.

Russia & CIS

Ukrainian firm Vasil Kisil & Partners has split in two, after five of its 11 partners quit to launch a new firm (8 August 2014). Aequo – Latin for ‘equal’ – is led by managing partner Denys Lysenko, who focuses on corporate and tax law. Lysenko is joined in the new venture by corporate and capital markets partner Anna Babych, finance and capital markets partner Yulia Kyrpa, competition partner Mariya Nizhnik and IP and litigation partner Oleksandr Mamunya.