Moves: 1 July

Move of the week


Clifford Chance has hired Latham & Watkins’ head of investment funds in the Middle East and Africa Kai Schneider for its Singapore office. Schneider is a partner based in Latham & Watkins’ Dubai office. He will relocate to Singapore for his new role, where he will head the funds and investment management practice. With more than 10 years of experience focusing in the funds sector, he has advised many clients on the formation of and investment in a wide variety of private investment funds.



Herbert Smith Freehills has hired Henrietta de Salis as a consultant in its financial services regulation (FSR) team. She joins from Linklaters, where she was a consultant in its FSR team. 

Field Fisher Waterhouse has made a number of lateral hires. Alex Campbell will move to the firm as a partner. He joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he was a senior associate, and focuses on UK and pan-European structured finance transactions. George Gillham will join as a tax litigation partner from Pinsent Masons, where he held the same position. He focuses his practice on contentious tax matters and started his professional career as a fast stream civil servant, was an Inland Revenue policy adviser on corporation tax reform and is a CEDR-accredited mediator. Robin Spender, who was a senior associate at SJ Berwin will join as a partner. His practice focuses on leveraged finance. He also has experience of bilateral, club and syndicated corporate lending, refinancings, workouts and restructuring, and real estate finance.

Seddons has appointed Simon Ross as the new managing partner of the firm. A partner in the residential property team, he succeeds Robin Austin, who has led the firm for more than 10 years. Ross joined in 1990 and Austin will remain a full-time partner in the commercial disputes group.


Katten Muchin Rosenman UK has added banking & finance lawyer Peter Englund to its team as counsel. Englund has advised on a wide range of banking and finance transactions with a focus on domestic and cross-border leveraged and acquisition finance, structured finance and restructurings. He joins from Olswang.


Portsmouth law firm Verisona has hired Nick Oliver. The former head of the insolvency team at Howes Percival will join the insolvency and business recovery department as an associate.


Hertfordshire-based Debenhams Ottaway has appointed a new partner, Nigel Drake, to lead the specialist residential property team at the firm’s offices in St Albans and Radlett. Drake was previously a partner at Pictons.


Family lawyer Jennifer Curtis and secretary Diane Lees are to join niche family law firm James Maguire & Co in Wilmslow. Curtis trained with Mills & Reeve and specialises in all issues relating to relationship breakdowns to include divorce, financial matters, children and domestic abuse. Lees worked for 15 years as personal assistant to Michael Shaw, former managing partner at Cobbetts.


De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has hired Andrea Pinna as a partner to boost its litigation and arbitration team. Pinna joins from Bredin Prat, where he was an associate. He advises clients on international arbitration and litigation.

Ombline Ancelin has joined the Paris office of Simmons & Simmons as a partner. Her practice encompasses the full range of competition law including merger control, anti-competitive practices, distribution and franchising, and general EU law and consumer law. She works on both advisory and contentious matters, and litigates before the French Competition Authority, the Paris Court of Appeal and Commercial Courts. Ancelin joins from Hogan Lovells, where she was an of counsel.

Jones Day has hired IP lawyer Olivier Banchereau as a counsel
in its Paris office. Banchereau 

joins from Hogan Lovells, where he was also a counsel.

Racine has opened in Strasbourg by merging with local firm Wachsmann & Associés.
The tie-up brings eight partners, eight lawyers and 11 support staff to the firm.

Noerr is expanding its litigation team with the hire of Matthias Weyhreter as an associated partner  in Munich. Weyhreter previously worked for many years at Siemens and Linklaters in the area of dispute resolution.

Luther has hired Baker & McKenzie senior associate Thomas Koch as a partner in its Cologne office. Koch advises on banking law and banking and financial services supervisory law.

Latham & Watkins has appointed Joachim Grittmann as a counsel in Frankfurt. Grittmann’s practice focuses on administrative and regulatory law and he brings particular experience in the energy, mining, telecoms, automotive, real estate, financial services, and transportation sectors. He joins from Shearman & Sterling.

DAC Beachcroft has bolstered its Madrid partnership with the hire of Ruth Duque, who formerly oversaw legislation policy at Spanish regulator the Directorate General of Insurance and Pension Funds. In her previous post Duque was responsible for drafting legislation to govern the insurance market and worked on a number of bills relating to mediation.

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo litigation partner Luca Radicati di Brozolo is leaving the firm with an associate to launch a litigation and arbitration boutique. Radicati di Brozolo joined Bonelli in 2001, having previously worked in the office of the legal adviser for the Bank of International Settlements in Basel and as a partner at Chiomenti Studio Legale. He is setting up the boutique with senior associate Michele Sabatini.

DLA Piper has opened an Italian desk in its London office with the hire of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo senior associate Ugo de Vivo, who is a finance specialist. He joins DLA as an of counsel.

K&L Gates has hired Stefano Bardella as counsel in its commercial disputes practice in Milan. He joins from DLA Piper, where he was senior associate in the Rome litigation and arbitration practice.

 Asia Pacific

 White & Case has added Julian Chung as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Chung has spent
26 years advising on public
M&A and equity capital markets transactions. His work covers
both state and privately owned companies in China and other parts of Asia, as well as the listings of international companies in Hong Kong. He joins from Ropes
& Gray