Move of the week

Philip Prowse

Holman Fenwick Willan has hired trade finance partner Philip Prowse, who joins from the partnership at Clyde & Co . Prowse joined Clydes in 2011 after a 15-year career at legacy Salans, where he was joint head of the firm’s banking and finance group. He specialises in commodity trade finance and will be joined by associate Jameel Tarmohamed, who was in his team at Clydes.

 

 

UK

London 

Jason Brooks and Thomas Lockley have joined CMS as partners in the firm’s financial services and products team in London. Both were formerly senior associates inClifford Chance ’s derivatives and structured finance team. Meanwhile, the firm has also hired partner Jonathan Woolf for its corporate team, with Woolf previously serving as BP ’s managing counsel of its M&A legal team. 

Macfarlanes is to welcome Andrew Barton as a corporate partner. He was counsel at Allen & Overy for 11 years. 

UK patent and trademark firm Marks & Clerk has appointed Jason Rutt as a principal associate in its London office. Rutt was previously head of patents at Rouse

Bryan Cave has appointed counsel Gohar Lputian and senior associate Kerry Pettigrew to its financial services group in London. Lputian joins from Goldman Sachs , while Pettigrew was a senior associate at Hogan Lovells

Julian Skeens has joined TLT as a partner in the firm’s licensing team, having been head of the licensing law group at Jeffrey Green Russell

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Simon Chamberlain as a partner in its London aviation practice. Chamberlain joins from Bird & Bird , where he was also a partner.

South 

Reading-based firm Blandy & Blandy has hired corporate lawyer Jonathan Williamson as the firm’s 19th partner. Williamson joins the corporate and commercial team from boutique London firm Oury Clark

Midlands 

St Andrew’s Healthcare general counsel Clare Auty has joined Browne Jacobson in Birmingham as a partner in the firm’s health practice. 

Pinsent Masons has appointed restructuring specialist Amy Flavell as a partner in its banking and restructuring team. Flavell joins from Squire Patton Boggs in Birmingham. 

North 

DWF partner Alan Herbert is leaving the firm for Gordons , to head up its property litigation team in Leeds.

Knights has hired commercial property lawyer Joanne Backhouse as a partner in Derby. Backhouse was previously a partner at Nelsons

Scotland 

Scottish firmBTO solicitors has appointed Graeme Kelly and Elaine Del Valle as it looks to grow its Edinburgh-based property team. Kelly joins from DWF as a partner, while Del Valle joins as an associate from Pagan Osborne

 

Esposito: new at Covington & Burling
Esposito: new at Covington & Burling

Europe 

McDermott Will & Emery has appointed Christian Krohs as a partner in its Düsseldorf office. Krohs joins from KPMG Law in Cologne, where he was the head of its antitrust group and played a role in its set-up. 

Martin Burda has joined Fish & Richardson as a principal in the patent group in its Munich office. Previously, Burda was a patent attorney at IP law firm Mitscherlich in Munich.

Bird & Bird has recruited Thomas Oster as a partner in its competition and EU group, based in Paris. Oster joins from Baker & McKenzie in Paris, where he was counsel in competition and distribution law. 

The Warsaw office of K&L Gates has welcomed Gregor Ordon and Adrian Jonca as partners in the firm’s banking and asset finance, and tax practices respectively. Both Ordon and Jonca have joined from Wolf Theiss , where they were partners. 

 

US 

Arnold & Porter has welcomed Edward McTiernan, former deputy commissioner and GC for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation , as a partner. 

Washington DC-based Denise Esposito, who served as chief of staff to the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the FDA’s deputy chief counsel for drugs and biologics, has joined Covington & Burling as a partner and co-chair of its food & drug practice group. 

Norton Rose Fulbright has hired securities enforcement lawyer Kevin Harnisch as head of SEC enforcement in Washington DC. Harnisch joins the firm as a partner from Steptoe & Johnson

Maria Eberle and Lindsay LaCava have joined Baker & McKenzie ’s North American tax practice as partners in New York. Eberle and LaCava were both previously partners at McDermott Will & Emery in New York. 

 

Harnisch: joins Norton Rose Fulbright
Harnisch: joins Norton Rose Fulbright

Asia 

Andrew Gray is joining Clyde & Co as a partner in the global marine team in early 2016. Gray is joining the firm’s Clasis Singapore office from Hill Dickinson , where he was a partner in the marine, trade and energy team. 

Clifford Chance is strengthening its high-yield offering in Hong Kong with the addition of partner Alexander Lloyd in January next year. Lloyd joins from the partnership of Sidley Austin

Kennedys has grown its corporate insurance expertise by hiring Jonathan Goacher to its Singapore office. He joins from DLA Piper , where he was counsel.

 

Promotions 

Baker & McKenzie has appointed Michael DeFranco as global chair of the firm’s M&A practice. DeFranco, who was
made a partner in 2007, succeeds Tim Gee. 

Ioan Roman has been named a partner at Maravela & Asociaţii in Bucharest. He will act as co-head of the dispute resolution department. 

Ogier has promoted corporate finance lawyer Richard Daggett to partner in Jersey. Daggett joined in 2004 as part of the firm’s first intake of English trainees.

Sullivan & Cromwell has promoted six lawyers to partnership, effective from the start of next year. Corporate associates Ari Blaut and Scott Crofton have been promoted in New York, along with employment associate Heather Coleman, financial associate Joseph Hearn and special counsel Matthew Porpora. Litigation associate Kathleen McArthur will be made up in Washington DC.