Move of the week


Morrison & Foerster has hired Phillip Slater as a partner in its financial transactions group. Slater brings expertise in relation to acquisition finance, leveraged finance and corporate banking. He joins from Reed Smith, where he was a banking partner.




Reed Smith has hired leveraged finance partner Ben Davis to its UK finance practice. Davis, previously at Travers Smith, focuses primarily on leveraged finance. He also advises on corporate facilities, refinancings, debt restructurings and general banking matters.

Berwin Leighton Paisner has appointed projects and infrastructure head Adam Dann as finance head following the resignation of partner Matthew Kellett from the role last October. Dann takes the helm after being appointed by the firm’s senior management.

K&L Gates has hired Sasi-Kanth Mallela as special counsel in the London office. He joins the policy and regulatory practice group, and concentrates his practice on fraud and bribery investigations. He previously worked at the Serious Fraud Office as a case controller.

DLA Piper has picked up a trio of partners from Berwin Leighton Paisner. Real estate finance head Laurence Rogers, corporate tax partner Neville Wright and real estate partner Richard Hopkinson-Woolley will all work as partners in the real estate team. 

Byrne and Partners has recruited white-collar crime and contentious regulatory specialist Sara Teasdale, a partner from Pannone. Senior associate Ben Davies will also join the partnership. Davies’ promotion follows nine years with the firm’s commercial litigation team.

O’Melveny & Myers has hired Daniel Oates as a partner in its London office and as a member of the M&A group. He joins from Kirkland & Ellis and advises private equity and corporate clients on acquisitions and divestitures. 

DWF has recruited partner Tim Leeson and director David Willbe to its corporate team in the City. Both join from the London office of US firm Crowell & Moring. Leeson has in-depth corporate expertise and Willbe has extensive M&A, venture capital, restructuring and equity capital markets experience.



Freeman Fisher has recruited Krista Powell as a partner to head its new real estate department. Her arrival from Addleshaw Goddard marks the latest phase of expansion for Freeman Fisher, which has offices in Manchester and Leeds and was founded
last year.

In Hull, James Legal solicitor Harriet Dunn has been promoted to head up the firm’s commercial property team.

Knights Solicitors has added William Bankes to its Chester office as corporate partner. He has practised at Fladgate and Pinsent Masons, and joins from Welsh firm Gamlins.


Weightmans has hired Jim Bryant as partner in its insurance team in Liverpool. He joins from Clyde & Co, where he was a partner in the disease team.

Brabners has hired Oliver Andrews as a solicitor in its dispute resolution team and Jonathan Waterhouse as a solicitor in its real estate team. Both will work in the Preston office. Andrews joins from Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand and specialises in commercial litigation, while Waterhouse acts for a range of commercial clients and previously worked at Napthens


French firm Brandi Partners has hired a team of lawyers to open a Moscow office. The new office will be headed by Russian desk head Marc Solovei alongside Charles-Henri Roy. Roy was formerly a partner at CMS in Moscow, before leaving in 2012 to set up alone. The team is boosted by lawyers Maria Landau and former Dentons associate Valentin Borodin.

Dentons has hired corporate lawyer Mark Withey as an of counsel in its Moscow office from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Withey practises a broad range of corporate law. The firm also promoted four lawyers in its Paris, Berlin and Moscow offices to partner. Corporate lawyer Aurélien Chardeau and real estate specialist Maxime Simonnet both become partners in Paris. In Berlin, employment lawyer Markus Diepold joins the partnership, while Moscow litigator Roman Zaitsev is also promoted.


Milbank Tweed, Hadley & McCloy has announced that George Canellos, who stepped down in January as co-director of the enforcement division of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, will join as global head of the firm’s litigation department. He was a Milbank litigation partner from 2003 to 2009. 

 Hogan Lovells has hired corporate partner Adam Golden in New York. Golden joins from Kaye Scholer, where he was co-chair of the corporate department. He has practiced law in New York his entire career.

The Houston office of K&L Gates has hired Brett Young as a partner in the firm’s toxic tort/product liability practice. Young joins from Norton Rose Fulbright and counsels clients on disaster and crisis response, risk management programs, and toxic tort and product liability defence.


Pan-African law firm Bowman Gilfillan has announced that Robert Legh has taken over from Jonathan Schlosberg as chairman. Legh has been with the firm for 28 years, is a corporate partner and founded the firm’s competition practice. Schlosberg has been chairman for a decade, but chose not to stand for a third term. He will stay on at the firm.


Akamai Technologies has hired the former head of legal for Microsoft Russia to lead its Emea legal arm from the UK. Alexander Borovik, who built Microsoft’s Russia legal team from scratch before moving to Seattle, is expected to take up the role of Emea head of legal for Akamai in mid-March. He was most recently Microsoft’s chief public sector lawyer.

The bar

Blackstone Chambers has made its third major silk hire in a year with the addition of Brick Court Chambers silk Alan Maclean QC. Maclean, who took silk in 2009, is taking a broad-based practice with him to Blackstone. His expertise covers commercial and public law and will be a significant boost for Blackstone’s commercial litigation offering.