Moves: 3 March 2014

Move of the week


Clifford Chance private equity (PE) partner and Carlyle contact Kem Ihenacho has left for Latham & Watkins. He is the third partner to quit Clifford Chance for Latham in the past year. London partner and Africa practice co-head Ihenacho was one of the firm’s contacts for Carlyle deals. His departure follows the exits of former PE head David Walker and PE partner Tom Evans, who both quit for Latham in 2013.



The head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London arbitration group Constantine Partasides, who became a QC last month, is leaving to launch an arbitration boutique with former partner Jan Paulsson. Paris partner Georgios Petrochilos is also leaving the magic circle firm to work with Paulsson and Partasides. Arbitration heavyweight Paulsson retired from the firm last year.

Reed Smith has hired Travers Smith leveraged finance partner Ben Davis to boost to its UK finance practice. Davis has been a partner in the banking group since 2011. 

Trowers & Hamlins has expanded its London banking and finance department with the appointment of partner Simon Owen. Owen joins from Squire Sanders, where he was a partner in the banking team and head of the banking practice before the Squires merger.

Boodle Hatfield has added to its private client and property teams with private client and tax associate Kate Rees-Doherty and residential property partner Amanda O’Keeffe. O’Keeffe joins from Speechly Bircham, where she was a partner in its private client property group. Rees-Doherty joins from Herbert Smith Freehills, where she was a senior associate.

Berrymans Lace Mawer has appointed markets partner Caroline Berens, who joins from Kennedys, where she was an insurance and liability partner. It has also bolstered its property damage insurance team with two partners – Mark Aitken and John O’Shea join from Greenwoods, where they were partners. They bring two associates with them: Raphinder Sandhu-Jhinger and Rosemary Scott.


Browne Jacobson has hired commercial technology partner Anthony Nagle. Nagle joins from Morrison & Foerster where he was an of counsel in its technology transactions group and global privacy group. He trained and qualified at DLA Piper


Burges Salmon has appointed Caroline Harwood director of incentives in its pensions and incentives group. She joins from Grant Thornton, where her role was director and head of equity reward (South).


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Harper Macleod has made eight promotions, including two partners. Natural resources and energy lawyer Omar Ali and corporate department member James MacGregor have been made partner. Six solicitors will become associates: Amy Johnston and Fiona Macdonald are promoted in the debt recovery team; Alexis Miller in the family law team; Frances Rooney in rural; Catriona Strachan in infrastructure and projects; and Amy Walsh in the business development team.Scotland


In New York Watson, Farley & Williams has appointed Jeffrey Lampiasi as a partner in the real estate group. He joins after 14 years running his own firm, prior to which he spent a decade in the real estate departments of Proskauer Rose and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

White & Case has appointed Daniel Levin as a partner in its global white-collar crime practice in Washington DC. Levin was a partner at the firm from 2007 to 2012, after which he worked at Morgan Lewis as a litigation partner.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has appointed Mark Shelton, formerly Americas general counsel and global head of investigations at UBS, as a partner in the New York office. 

Hogan Lovells has appointed partner Michael Maddigan. He arrives in the Los Angeles office from O’Melveny & Myers, where he co-chaired the healthcare and life sciences practice.

Asia Pacific

Beijing’s DaHui Lawyers has hired former Shearman & Sterling counsel Chris Chen as a partner. Chen’s practice focuses on capital markets and M&A. He is qualified in both China and the US.

Shearman & Sterling has hired partner George Borovas in Tokyo from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman to launch its global nuclear power practice. 


Baker & McKenzie has hired Martin Irwin as a partner in its energy, resources, infrastructure and corporate practice group in Melbourne. Irwin joins from Herbert Geer, where he was a partner from 2010. 

HWL Ebsworth has hired three partners and a team of lawyers from Thomsons Lawyers. The three partners, Craig Powell, Sean O’Donnell and Brendon Noney, and their teams have joined the New South Wales office. Powell is a commercial litigator, O’Donnell is a franchising lawyer and Noney focuses on information and communications technology.

Paul Lingard will join Clifford Chance as a partner in Perth in April. Lingard has spent the past 12 years at King & Wood Mallesons and will join the energy and resources practice.

The bar

Insolvency set South Square has lost a senior junior barrister to Fountain Court Chambers. Commercial litigation barrister Ben Valentin arrives at chambers with a list of magic circle clients, having represented financial institutions including the Bank of England, Bank of New York Mellon, Goldman Sachs and RBS.


Campbells has hired two investment funds partners. Susan Lock, formerly of counsel at Ogier, joins as a partner. Jonathan Law was formerly a partner with Harneys

In Gibraltar Hassans has promoted five associates to the partnership. They are: Emma Azopardi-Lejeune, Michael Nahon, Anthony Provasoli, Maxi Torres and Gemma Vasquez (née Arias).