European moves: 10 May 2012

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


De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is to become the second Dutch firm with a presence in Singapore later this year (27 April 2012). M&A partner Dieter Wolff will relocate to head up the office.

Another team of lawyers from Baker & McKenzie has joined boutique Van Campen & Partners, which launched as a spin-off from the US firm earlier this year. Edwin Liem and a team of 10 joined the boutique on 1 May, prompting a rebrand to Van Campen Liem (4 May 2012).

Antwerp-headquartered firm Astrea has expanded its Brussels office with the hire of partner Steven De Schrijver and a team of senior associates. De Schrijver joins Astrea from rival Belgian firm Lorenz, where he headed the corporate and IT and new media departments. The team brings experience in transactional work for clients such as Microsoft, SunGard and Thomson Reuters.

Nauta Dutilh has hired competition lawyer Barbara Nijs as counsel from Clifford Chance. Nijs brings experience in cartel work as well as M&A-related competition advice.

Belgian employment boutique Van Olmen & Wynant has hired partner Filip Corveleyn from full-service domestic firm Janson Baugniet, where he was also a partner.

Central & Eastern Europe

UK firm Taylor Wessing has expanded into Central and Eastern Europe through a merger with Austria’s ENWC (4 May 2012). The merger adds 24 partners to Taylor Wessing’s international network, as well as giving the firm a base in six new jurisdictions.

Employment law alliance L&E Global has continued its expansion with the addition of Austrian firm Gerlach Rechtsanwälte – its 14th member firm. Gerlach has three partners, headed by name partner Roland Gerlach, and advises corporate clients on employment law issues.


King & Spalding has hired a team of seven property lawyers for its Paris office from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, including partners Benoît Marcilhacy and Pascal Schmitz (1 May 2012).

US firm Paul Hastings has appointed a new head for its Paris office as managing partner Dominique Borde steps down to return to practice. The firm’s French corporate head Olivier Deren will replace Borde, who has been in charge since the completion of Paul Hastings’ 2004 merger with French boutique Moquet Borde.

McDermott Will & Emery has hired Weil Gotshal & Manges lawyer Sabine Naugès as a partner in its Paris public and competition law team.


US firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has turned to Allen & Overy to launch a Hamburg office (1 May 2012), hiring IP and antitrust partner Nadine Herrmann and a team of lawyers and staff.

Allen & Overy has hired Jens Matthes as a partner in its Düsseldorf office and will lead the firm’s German IP team, spearheading its planned expansion. Matthes joins from Linklaters, where he established and led the firm’s German IP group (2 May 2012).


A team of tax lawyers has split off from Portuguese firm PLMJ to launch a tax boutique, Rogério Fernandes Ferreira & Associados (9 May 2012). The group, led by PLMJ tax head Rogério Fernandes Ferreira, includes partners Francisco de Carvalho Furtado, Ana Moutinho do Nascimento, Mónica Respício Gonçalves and Marta Machado de Almeida, as well as senior associates Pedro Saraiva Nércio, João Mesquita and Sérgio Brigas Afonso, alongside two trainees.

Meanwhile PLMJ has promoted two lawyers to salaried partner and one to equity partner in its annual promotions round. Arbitration and litigation expert Pedro Metello de Nápoles joins the equity, while capital markets specialist Magda Viçoso and banking specialist Hugo Rosa Ferreira are salaried partners.


McCann FitzGerald has announced the promotion of five new partners, bringing the total number of partners to 64. The five – Stephen FitzSimons, David Hurley, Philip Murphy, Fiona O’Beirne and Garreth O’Brien – cover a range of practice areas, particularly finance and litigation.


DLA Piper has picked up a team of 20 lawyers from dissolved Italian firm Grimaldi e Associati, including co-founder Francesco Novelli (8 May 2012). The team will strengthen DLA Piper’s energy offering in Italy in both Milan and Rome.


BCCC Avocats technology partner Michel Jaccard has quit the firm to launch his own boutique, Id Est Avocats. Jaccard has recruited a team of three associates for the Lausanne firm, which focuses exclusively on the technology sector (9 May 2012).