European moves: 14 June 2012

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


Olswang has appointed Clifford Chance partner Jean-Frédéric Gaultier for its Paris office. Gaultier is the second IP partner to join Olswang within the past six months. Based in the Paris office, he will focus on domestic and international disputes in relation to IP, including patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, and unfair competition issues. He will also advise on defamation and privacy.

Norton Rose has boosted its French corporate offering with the hire of Hogan Lovells partner Bénédicte Denis (6 June 2012). Denis joined the firm on 1 June along with of counsel Orsolya Hegedus, who moves to Norton Rose from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Shearman & Sterling has turned to US rival Latham & Watkins for corporate partner Nicolas Bombrun. Bombrun was previously a partner at Latham for over a decade.

Baker & McKenzie has elected Eric Lasry as managing partner of the Paris office. Lasry will take over from Régis Fabre on 1 July for an initial two-year term. Fabre has held the role since 2008.

McDermott Will & Emery has poached a team of three senior lawyers from Orrick Rambaud Martel in Paris, a year after opening in the French capital. Orrick partner Bertrand Delafaye and of counsel Antoine Vergnat and Antony Martinez are all joining McDermott as partners, along with four associates hired from Orrick, Reed Smith and SJ Berwin (6 June 2012).

Eversheds has picked up Gaëtan Cordier as a partner and head of IP/IT. He was previously in the same role at collapsed US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.


Ashurst has picked up two Frankfurt partners from now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf, with corporate lawyer Benedikt von Schorlemer and employment specialist Andreas Mauroschat both joining the UK firm (13 June 2012). Von Schorlemer is set to join Ashurst as a partner, while the City firm is also taking on Dewey corporate senior associate Jan Krekeler. Mauroschat, meanwhile, will head Ashurst’s German employment practice as its only employment partner in the jurisdiction.


A&L Goodbody has promoted nine lawyers to partners across a range of practice areas, six in Dublin and three in Belfast. The new Dublin partners are corporate lawyers Alan Casey, Berni Hosty and Lee Murphy, restructuring specialist Marsha Coghlan, pensions lawyer David Francis and litigator Andrew Walsh. In Belfast property lawyer Mark Blair, corporate specialist Alastair Keith and banking lawyer Ciaran McAlinney were all made up.

LK Shields Solicitors has promoted two to its partnership. Jennifer McGuire becomes a partner in the Business Department while Ciarán Markey becomes a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. The firm now has 22 partners.


Italian firm Pavia e Ansaldo has added a 10-strong team to its Russian capabilities through a merger with Italian-Russian outfit Studio Associato Legale Tributario (Salt) (11 June 2012). The merger adds two partners, Sergio Forelli and Andrey Vorobjov, to Pavia e Ansaldo’s ranks in Moscow along with a team of associates. Salt was established in 2006 by members of Ernst & Young’s CIS legal department. It advises clients on commercial law and litigation matters.

Linklaters partners Luca Picone and Francesco Stella, along with of counsel Luca Magrini, have moved across in the same roles to Hogan Lovells’ corporate team in Milan.


Danish firm Rønne & Lundgren has added four partners to its ranks, including a team from rival domestic firm Accura (8 June 2012). The firm has hired corporate partners Michael Vinther and Thomas Kraemer, along with capital markets specialist Karsten Pedersen, from Accura. The trio bring with them seven associates and support staff. Bech-Bruun real estate partner Thomas Stampe has also joined Rønne & Lundgren.

Russia & CIS

K&L Gates has hired two partners in its Moscow office. Andrei Soukhomlinov was a partner and co-head of the Russian real estate and construction group at Salans while Dmitry Gladkov was general counsel for Russia/CIS at investment bank Aton.