Moves 30 June 2014

Move of the week


US firm Greenberg Traurig has hired Dentons global real estate co-head Eric Rosedale to fill a new management position in London. Rosedale, who joins the firm’s London office, has taken on a new position as chair of the firm’s international real estate practice. He will be responsible for all real estate matters outside of the US, along with the firm’s current real estate head Tim Webb.




Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired Nigel Stacey as a partner in the London office. Formerly a partner with Ashurst, he will continue to focus on M&A and corporate finance.

Taylor Vinters has appointed Helen Robinson as a partner in its London-based international corporate team. Robinson joins from the Wedlake Bell partnership and was formerly an in-house
legal adviser for Compass Group.


Debevoise & Plimpton has relocated finance partner Pierre Maugüé, who will take up residence in the firm’s London office. He originally joined Debevoise’sHong Kong office
in 1999, moving to New York in 2002.


DWF has hired business restructuring partner Finella Fogarty, who joins from DLA Piper, where she was legal director. Fogarty joins DWF’sCity office with over a decade of experience in advising banks, insolvency practitioners, corporates and individuals.

Elborne Mitchell has hired Russell Carmedy from Proskauer where he was a partner in its global transactional and private equity practices. Prior to this, he led Jones Day’s London office after its merger with Gouldens in 2003.


Tim Gofton has joined Cheltenham-based BPE Solicitors. He joins the firm’s employment practice as a partner from Richard Slade and Company in Bristol. He trained at Wragge & Co.


Nelsons has hired IP solicitor Shelley Litchfield. She started her career at the firm, training and qualifying into the commercial and technology team in 2010. She then moved to Fraser Brown before returning to Nelsons.


Optima Legal has made a number of hires. Jonathan Preston, formerly an associate at Irwin Mitchell, has been appointed as head of complex litigation. Scott Nodder, formerly managing associate at Addleshaw Goddard, is now deputy head of complex litigation. Kimberley Chilton, formerly a trainee at Ford & Warren, also joins the firm. Ramrattan Singh Bhambra joins as head of the technical team from Winston Solicitors.

Brabners has recruited Charles Hansford, a commercial property lawyer specialising in agricultural law. Hansford has over 15 years’ experience. He joins fromCartmell Shepherd in Cumbria. 

Weightmans has hired Lee Gordon, appointing him as partner and national head of planning in the real estate team. Gordon joins from DLA Piper.

TLT has hired a team from DWF’s Manchester-based financial services litigation department. The team includes litigator Richard Webb. The firm has also appointed Alastair Lomax as partner from Pinsent Masons where he was a legal director.

Northern Ireland

TLT Solicitors has appointed Richard Houliston as an associate in Belfast. Houliston joins the banking and restructuring team from A&L Goodbody. He works with domestic and international financial institutions and is qualified in Northern Ireland, England and Wales.



Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners has announced the hire of two lawyers. Alessandro Stoppa, from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, will make the move to Gianni Origonialong with counsel Alessio Giammarino. Both specialise in corporate finance in the real estate sector.

In Frankfurt, Dechert LLP has hired Rüdiger Herrmann as a partner in the corporate practice. Herrmann focuses on transactions in the life sciences industry.

The Edinburgh office of Shoosmiths has hired Steven McDonald, who was a partner and head of residential conveyancing at Anderson Strathern. He joins Shoosmiths’private client team.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has hired Eric Muller as a corporate partner. He joins from White & Case where he was a partner.



Proskauer has hired Sandra Matrick Forman as a senior counsel in the New York office. Forman joins Proskauer’ssignificant business development companies team and comes to the firm after a decade at Harris & Harris Group, where she was general counsel and chief compliance officer.

Energtek has recruited Andre Friedman as general counsel and corporate secretary. Friedman was formerly general counsel at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

In Chicago, Williams Montgomery & John has hired eight former Steptoe & Johnson litigation lawyers. Partners Christopher Barber, Peter Meyer and Gary Garner join with associates Joshua Wiersma, Jonathan Miller, Darren Bernens Kinkead, Donald Brosnan and Matthew Dowling.

Sidley Austin has recruited Justice Jack Jacobs, previously of the Delaware Supreme Court. He will be a member of the M&A, transactional and litigation practices, as well as the corporate governance practice.

Howard Suh has joined Holland & Knight’s New York IP group as a partner. Suh’s practice focuses on patent litigation for life science companies. He was previously a Kirkland & Ellis partner.

Arnold & Porter has recruited Michael Mancusi as a financial services partner from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He represents domestic and foreign banks and credit unions.



Fritz Schultz has joined ENS Africa as a property and real estate partner in Cape Town. He joins from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Asia Pacific

Winston & Strawn has hired Horng-Dar Lin as a partner in Taipei. He focuses on IP litigation and corporate. Lin joins from the Sovereign Law Office where he was founder and managing partner.

Fred Chang has joined Bingham’s Beijing office as a partner. He was formerly a founding partner at Fen Xun. Before this, he was a partner in Lovells’ Beijing office.