Moves 24 June

Move of the week


Alternative asset firm MJ Hudson has made three lateral senior associate hires this month. Guy Grayson, previously a senior associate at Hogan Lovells has previously worked at SJ Berwin and Clifford Chance. He focuses on transactional M&A, private equity and equity capital markets. Andrew Mills (pictured) joins from Clifford Chance’s private equity group, where he was also a senior associate, having advised on a range of private equity M&A transactions, fund manager spin-outs, joint ventures and equity fundraisings. Mark Silveirahas a broad corporate practice, and comes from Katten Muchin Rosenman.



RPC has added to its competition team with the hire of Lambros Kilaniotis as counsel. He joins from PwC Legal, where he was a director. Previously he was a senior associate with legacy Herbert Smith. He has advised clients on a wide range of EU and UK competition and litigation matters.

Weightmans has appointed Tim Mould as a partner in the firm’s London office. He joins from niche firm Hannah & Mould, where he was a partner and founder. 

 Boutique firm Burlingtons Legal has added partner Joss Alcraft as head of the corporate practice. He joins from Matthew Arnold Baldwin.


Lester Aldridge has added private client partner Kurt Lee, a tax and trusts lawyer, to the Bournemouth office. He joins from Laceys Solicitors, where he was an associate.


Furley Page has made Richard Ludlow an associate, following 18 months as the head of insolvency and debt recovery.

Michelmores has appointed Graham Johnson as finance director. He joins from Tesco, where he was finance director of UK operations. Previously he was Tesco’s finance director in Malaysia and is a chartered account, training and qualifying
at PwC.


Wragge & Co has appointed seven new directors. The promotions are: construction specialist Kerry Burns; pensions specialist Elizabeth Gane; real estate specialist Joe Morris; banking and finance specialist Jonathan Segal; commercial specialist Richard Smith; corporate specialist Chris Towle; and Mike Twining, who focuses on commercial development and investment.


DWF has hired partner Christian Lowis from Squire Sanders, where he was a partner. He joins the Birmingham office and is an expert on high-level M&A and corporate governance.

North West firm Brabners has added Lee Jefcott as senior associate. He joins from boutique Blue Sky Law, where he headed the employment team. He has previously worked at Berg and Squire Sanders.

Clarion has promoted Esther Kirwan to IP partner. She has
 14 years’ experience.


Brodies has hired Maclay Murray & Spens lawyer Richard Whyte as a partner in the real estate practice. He will be based in Edinburgh.


Thomas Koch has joined Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft in Cologne as a partner. Formerly a senior associate at Baker & McKenzie, Koch will join the banking, finance and capital markets team.

Linklaters has appointed Henk Vanhulle as managing partner of its Belgian offices. He succeeds François De Bauw, who took on the role five years ago. Vanhulle has been a partner since 1995 and was previously Linklaters’ global tax practice head.

Osborne Clarke (OC) has completed the launch of its Brussels office, hiring a
two-partner team from former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners. De Wolf employment partner Thierry Viérin and commercial partner Stefan Deswert both become partners. They are joined by five associates covering corporate, commercial, competition and employment.

Meanwhile, De Wolf has hired Emmanuel Wauters as of counsel to lead the employment group. His areas of expertise cover legal advice and court procedures in employment and social security law-related matters, with a focus on HR issues in general. He joins from Bénichou-Wauters, where he was a partner.

Schoenherr has appointed Bratislava partner Stanislav Kovár as office managing partner. Kovár, who specialises in corporate law, M&A and financing transactions, has been with Schoenherr in Slovakia since the opening of the firm’s Bratislava office in 2009.

Bird & Bird has appointed Malgorzata Darowska as a partner in its Polish office. Darowska will work across the IT and IP practices. She specialises in technology transfer and commercialisation, e-commerce, privacy and data protection, consumer protection and IP, in particular projects related to IP management. She joins from Dentons (legacy Salans) where she was a senior associate.

Darrois Villey Maillot
has picked up a three-strong tax team from Jones Day
in Paris, including the US firm’s European tax head Vincent Agulhon. Agulhon has joined Darrois as a partner, along with counsel Loïc Védie and associate Zoé Attali.


 In LA, Kerin Cantwell has moved to Dechert as a corporate partner. She comes from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she was a partner. She has particular experience in the energy sector.


Julius Turman has joined Reed Smith as a partner in its labour and employment practice in the firm’s San Francisco office. Turman has represented and advised management-side clients in diverse industries in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, trade secret, unfair competition issues, and wage and hour litigation. He joins from Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he was an employment partner.


Walkers has promoted five partners. In the British Virgin Islands, Julie Engwirda is now a dispute resolution partner. In the Cayman Islands, Matthew Goucke (dispute resolution) and Melissa Lim (investment funds) have been promoted. Partners have also been promoted in Asia and Europe. Andrew Traynor is now a finance and corporate partner in Dublin, while Jasmine Amaria has been made an investment funds partner in London. Laura Rogers is an investment funds partner in Singapore.