European moves: 8 March 2012

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


Pan-Baltic firm Lawin has made up two new partners in its Latvian office. Finance lawyer Agnese Garde has been a lawyer at the firm since 2006, while local tax head Zinta Jansons joined Lawin in 2004 and also becomes a partner.


Kris Ruijters has joined Dutch firm Boekel de Nerée from AKD, where he has been a partner since 2002. Ruijters specialises in mergers and acquisitions and focuses mainly on setting up joint ventures, managing due diligence processes and advising on transactions.

Cartel lawyer Julian Joshua has joined Shearman & Sterling as of counsel in its Brussels office. Joshua joins Shearman from Steptoe & Johnson. He previously had a long career in the European Commission, during which he led investigations into Europe-wide price-fixing conspiracies.

Luxembourg firm OPF Partners has appointed Christel Dumont and Yann Hilpert as new partners of with effect from 1 March. Dumont is a member of the firm’s civil and commercial and real estate teams, advising on corporate and restructuring transactions. Hilpert becomes a partner in the banking and finance practice, bringing expertise in leveraged finance, securitisations, aircraft and shipping finance as well as Islamic finance.

Charissa Koster has left the Amsterdam office of Dutch firm Ruig & Partners to join media boutique ADAM Legal, which has renamed itself ABC Legal. Koster joins founding partners Allon Kijl and Babette Aalberts. Associate Wouter de Haan has also made the move to ABC Legal.

Central and Eastern Europe

Kinstellar has promoted three new partners and three new counsel in four of its offices. Banking and finance lawyer Onur Taktak has been made up to the partnership in Istanbul. In Prague, TMT practice head Hana Gawlasová becomes a partner and local banking, finance and capital markets head Martina Březinová becomes a counsel. Tax lawyer Adam Hodon becomes a partner in Bratislava, while fellow Slovak lawyer Roman Oleksik becomes a counsel. Budapest-based Éva Bognár, an employment law specialist, also becomes a counsel.


Veil Jourde has appointed Marie d’Humières-Errera as a counsel in its arbitration practice. D’Humières-Errera joins Veil Jourde from Gide Loyrette Nouel. She previously worked for WilmerHale in Washington DC.


US firm King & Spalding has strengthened its real estate tax practice with the hire of Beiten Burkhardt partner Axel Schilder. Schilder joined the firm’s Frankfurt office, which now has 16 lawyers.

German independent Luther has appointed Tobias Verlende as the head of its new London office. Verlende joined Luther as international counsel on 1 March from Brinkmann & Partner’s London office. The firm announced the launch of the office in January (17 January 2012).

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek has hired SZA Schilling Zutt & Anschütz lawyer Guido Hoffmann as an equity partner in its banking and finance group in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.


Norwegian law firm Haavind has made three lawyers up to partnership. Corporate lawyer Preben Brecke focuses mainly on M&A and private equity and joined Haavind in 2010. Erling Marcussen Timm heads Haavind’s real estate team, while fellow new partner Espen Werring is an IT law specialist.