European moves: Paris leads on lateral hires while Benelux firms change management

Paris dominated the European lateral hires market with both international and independent firm hires, while Luxembourg firm Wildgen and Brussels’ Van Bael & Bellis rang in key management changes with new managing partners.

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Employee ownership: getting the best from your trustees

When a business chooses to transition to employee ownership (EO), a trust must be established for the benefit of the employees of the company. The trust becomes the legal owner of the company shares, and the trustees are appointed to the board of that trust. Their role is to protect the interests of the employees as shareholders.


Gateley acquires Hamer Associates

Gateley has acquired Birmingham-based specialist property consultancy Hamer Associates in a £2.05m deal. Hamer Associates, to be renamed Gateley Hamer, is the second acquisition Gateley has made since the Group’s admission to AIM in June 2015. In April, the firm acquired specialist property business Gateley Capitus.

Rich Viegas becomes a partner

Collyer Bristow has appointed Rich Viegas as a commercial litigation partner. Rich joins from City law firm Bristows where he focused on financial and commercial disputes both in the UK and internationally.

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