Moves: 9 June 2014

Move of the week

Reena Gogna

Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Latham & Watkins finance partner Reena Gogna. Her practice is focused on advising on acquisition finance deals. Recent clients include Hayfin Capital Management, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan.



Druces has recruited Nicholas Fisher as a partner. He was previously a partner at Osborne Clarke and focuses on banking and finance.

Steven Smith

Bevan Brittan has hired Steven Smith. He joins the London property team as a partner from Eversheds, where he was also a partner.

Stone King has recruited probate litigation specialist Peter Steer to head the growing legacy dispute team. He joins as a partner from Wilsons, where he was also a partner. Prior to this he was head of the probate litigation team at Henmans in Oxford. The firm has also hired charity lawyer Tim Rutherford, who joins as a
partner. Rutherford advises on charity law and joins from IBB Solicitors, where he was a partner. 

Collyer Bristow has recruited IP specialist Christopher Rennie-Smith. Rennie-Smith joins as a consultant after 15 years at the European Patent Office in Munich.

Eversheds has hired Moira Slape as HR director. Slape joins from White & Case, where she was director of HR for Emea.

Andrea Nollent

The University of Law has appointed Andrea Nollent to the post of provost. She was previously the dean of Nottingham Law School.

Keystone Law has made three hires. Robert Harvey, a former partner at Addleshaw Goddard, joins the dispute resolution team and Andrew Stilton, who was a partner at SGH Martineau, joins the corporate practice. Liyen McCoy is the former general counsel of Yahoo! UK, and joins the TMT group.

Allen & Overy has hired Jake Keaveny, who will join its high-yield practice as a partner in the London office. Keaveny joins from Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York, where he was a counsel.

Kemp Little has hired financial regulatory partner Lucy Frew. Frew joins from Gide Loyrette Nouel, where she was head of investment funds and financial regulation.


Clarke Willmott has hired partner Jessica Taylor, who brings over 20 years’ experience in construction and engineering law. She joins from Clarkslegal, where she was a partner.


Irwin Mitchell has hired commercial litigation partner Jonathon Crook. Crook was a partner at Eversheds, before which he spent six years in Hong Kong as a partner at Simmons & Simmons and Clifford Chance.


Boutique Fréget-Tasso de Panafieu has been created by the founding partner of LexCase, Charlotte Tasso de Panafieu, and the former head of competition in Allen & Overy’s Paris office, Olivier Fréget. The boutique will focus on energy, life sciences, telecoms, media and railways.

In Paris, Kramer Levin has promoted Marie-Christine Fournier-Gille to restructuring and litigation partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired corporate partner Heimon Smits in its Amsterdam office. Smits joins from AKD in Amsterdam, where he was also a partner. 

Strasbourg tax boutique Valoris Avocats has been launched by Cécile Puijalon-Radu and Guillaume Rubechi along with four other lawyers. Puijalon-Radu was most recently a lawyer at Ernst & Young Société d’Avocats in Strasbourg, while Rubechi was a partner at Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés in Frankfurt.

Bird & Bird has appointed Anne-Cécile Hansson Lecoanet as a partner in Paris. Lecoanet was previously a counsel at Jones Day. She focuses on corporate and commercial matters, mainly relating to business between France and the Nordic countries.


Edwards Wildman Palmer has recruited partner Kal Shah. Shah will join the firm’s Chicago-based IP department and joins from being a partner at Thompson Coburn. Prior to that he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis.

Software provider Avaya has hired Amy Fliegelman Olli, who will join as senior vice-president and general counsel. She joins from CA Technologies, where she held a similar position.

Asia Pacific

Harneys has hired four lawyers in Hong Kong: Counsel Chai Ridgers joins the firm from DLA Piper, where he was a senior associate. Arigen Liang will also join as counsel. Prior to joining Harneys, she was a senior associate at Wong Partnership in Singapore. Rebecca Boyers and Stephentica Lee join as associates. Boyers previously practised at PwC Legal in London, while Lee practised in Allen & Overy’s dispute resolution team, where she was a senior associate.


Ashurst has hired finance partner Jennifer Schlosser. Schlosser specialises in securitisation and structured debt capital, and joins from King & Wood Mallesons’Sydney office

DLA Phillips Fox has hired Due Brown as a partner in its Wellington office. She arrives from the Financial Markets Authority, where she was head of strategy, innovation and engagement.

The bar

Denys Hickey has joined Thirty Nine Essex Street. Formerly an Ince & Co partner, he began his career as a barrister, then re-qualified as a solicitor. 

Partner promotions

Mason Hayes & Curran has promoted Rachel Carney and Tom Davy as real estate partners. 

Maclay Murray & Spens has made up four of its lawyers to the partnership. They are Lorna McCaa (tax), Claire Armstrong (corporate), Craig Neilson (commercial dispute resolution) and Anju Suneja (property).

Michelmores has promoted Stephen Newson (transactional property) and David Richardson (planning) to its partnership. Both are based in the Exeter office.