European moves: 31 May 2012

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


Belgian firm De Wolf & Partners has strengthened  its IP team with the hire of Capgemini’s former general counsel for Australia (25 May 2012). Raphael Bailly joins the firm as a partner in Brussels.

Central & Eastern Europe

Greenberg Traurig has taken a team of more than 50 lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf to launch in Poland (15 May 2012). The firm will operate under the name Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak, with name partner Jaroslaw Grzesiak, the former managing partner of Dewey’s Warsaw base, serving in the same role. Former Dewey executive committee member and fellow corporate partner Fogelman joins Greenberg as senior partner of the Warsaw office, which is the US firm’s first in eastern Europe.


Herbert Smith has recruited White & Case corporate partner Frédéric Bouvet to bulk up its Paris corporate offering (16 May 2012). Bouvet has been a partner at White & Case since 2007, advising on M&A, securities law and private equity transactions as well as IPOs for French and international clients. He has brought senior associate Magali Fernandes with him.

French firm Moisand Boutin & Associés has hired a corporate partner from US firm Reed Smith. Philippe Lecler joins Moisand Boutin after nearly seven years as a partner at Reed Smith (23 May 2012).

Gide Loyrette Nouel has appointed seven local partners across its international network. The promotions include London banking and finance lawyer Melinda Arsouze, Kiev head Bertrand Barrier, Shanghai-based corporate lawyer Fan Jiannian, Budapest projects head Eszter Kamocsay-Berta, projects lawyer Liu Yue in Beijing, New York-based tax head Vanessa Tollis and Moscow property head Ekaterina Vilenskaya.

KPMG’s French law firm affiliate STC Partners and labour law boutique Dupiré & Associés have signed a partnership agreement with a view to a future merger. The agreement gives STC Partners an employment law practice and provides Dupiré with an international network.


DLA Piper has picked up a team of Frankfurt lawyers from Dewey & LeBoeuf. DLA Piper has hired partner Thomas Schmuck, who co-managed Dewey’s corporate practice in Germany, on 18 May. He joins DLA Piper along with counsel Michael Holzhäuser, who headed Dewey’s German cartel law practice, corporate counsel Ralf Steffen Schmitt and associate Semin O, who also specialises in cartel law (29 May 2012).


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Madrid tax partner Silvia Paternain as head of the firm’s global tax practice. Paternain succeeds Colin Hargreaves who will return to focusing on client work full time. The appointment is for a four year term and takes effect immediately.

Herbert Smith has recruited litigator Manuel Rivero as of counsel for its Madrid office. Rivero was previously deputy director general of the litigation department at the Spanish General State Attorney’s Office for 19 years, and contributed to several pieces of legislation.


Irish firm Mason Hayes & Curran has promoted construction law specialist Eoin Cassidy to the partnership. Cassidy joined Mason Hayes in 2002 and advises on both contentious and non-contentious construction law. 


The Italian team of collapsed US firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has rebranded under the name Grimaldi Studio Legale with the hire of Vittorio Grimaldi, name partner of defunct Italian firm Grimaldi e Associati (15 May 2012). The firm will be headed by former Dewey Italy chief Bruno Gattai, while name partner Vittorio Grimaldi will take on an honorary role as the senior figure in the team and will be a partner and honorary president of the council of associates. It will take on 18 partners and 120 associates from Dewey plus Grimaldi and former Grimaldi e Associati partner Francesco Sciaudone, who will also join as a partner along with a team of 10 former Grimaldi e Associati lawyers.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has picked Bonelli Erede Pappalardo partner Andrea Carlevaris as the new secretary general of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (16 May 2012). Carlevaris replaces outgoing secretary general Jason Fry, who is returning to his former firm Clifford Chance.

Italian employment firm Lablaw has boosted its Rome presence with the hire of Andrea Di Francesco as a partner. Di Francesco joins Lablaw from NCTM, where he was also a partner.


Swiss firm Lalive has hired Raphaëlle Favre Schnyder as counsel. Favre Schnyder joins Lalive’s Zurich office from local firm Rohner Attorneys-at-Law, where she was a partner. She specialises in international arbitration as well as commercial and shipping disputes.

Lalive has also promoted arbitrator Noradèle Radjai to the partnership. Radjai is an English-qualified solicitor who focuses on arbitration in sectors including energy, construction and telecoms. The firm has additionally recruited three international arbitration associates from the Paris offices of Dechert, Jones Day and King & Spalding, who are qualified in England & Wales, Germany and New York respectively.

Froriep Renggli has hired litigator Isabelle Romy as a partner. She joins from Niederer Kraft & Frey, where she was also a partner. Romy is an associate professor of law at the University of Fribourg and the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology and has been Vice-Chairman of the Sanctions Commission of Swiss Exchange SIX since 2008. Earlier this year she was elected to the board of directors of UBS. 

Russia & CIS

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired arbitrator Roman Khodykin as a partner. Khodykin was formerly a counsel at Clifford Chance’s Moscow office. He will be based in London but will work closely with BLP’s Moscow team.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has appointed Valery Eremenko as a partner in its Moscow litigation practice. Eremenko previously ran his own firm. He has acted on a number of disputes in Russia’s Supreme Court and also has arbitration experience.