On the move

Sidley Austin has announced that Stephen Roith will join the firm as a partner in its securities practice.

Stephen Roith
Stephen Roith

Move of the week

He will also co-head the firm’s London capital markets group. Roith, who joins from Clifford Chance, will focus his practice on capital markets and structured finance transactions. “Stephen’s widely recognised in the capital markets arena as a highly skilled and senior lawyer with tremendous knowledge and experience in English law,” said Thomas Cole, the chair of Sidley’s executive committee. Roith has ­experience in both developed and emerging markets, capital markets and a broad range of international securities and finance ­transactions.



IBB Solicitors has taken on Jo Coleman as a partner in its charities and not-for-profit practice. Coleman, who will be based at the firm’s Uxbridge office, joins after nine years at Farrer & Co, where she was a partner. She specialises in providing commercial, regulatory, fundraising and ­governance advice to not-for-profit organisations.


Michael Higgin has joined Olswang’s real estate team as a partner in Reading. He joins from Shoosmiths’ Reading office and before

that was employed by Linklaters and Nabarro.

Ashfords Solicitors has added commercial property partner Thornton Allen to its team. He joins from Hammonds’ Birmingham office, where he was head of development. He has ­particular experience in property development, infrastructure planning and property investment and regeneration.



Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors has announced that two of its trainees, Bethan Jones and Lynsey Cater, have qualified as solicitors. Jones has qualified into the employment team, having spent a large part of her training assisting partner and head of department John Merry. Cater has taken up a role in the commercial property team, having spent two of her four seats in the department.



Mace & Jones has strengthened its ­employment team with the appointment of ­solicitor Matthew Smith. He joins the firm’s ­Liverpool office from Lees Solicitors, where he was an associate for five years.

Ford & Warren managing partner Keith Hearn has been appointed as chair of Primerus, an international alliance of independent small and mid-sized law firms.

DLA Piper has announced that it has recruited energy lawyer Darren Walsh as a partner in its finance and projects practice. Walsh, a lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience in the domestic and international nuclear and energy sector, joins DLA Piper’s Manchester office from British Nuclear Fuels.


German firm Noerr has strengthened its ­corporate finance practice with the addition of banking partner Olaf Grabowski. He was previously an equity partner at Hogan Lovells and specialises in real estate and acquisition financing.

Gérald Origer has joined Benelux firm Stibbe’s newly opened office in Luxembourg from Loyens & Loeff. He becomes the second partner in the Luxembourg office and will accompany Dirk ­Leermakers, who joined recently from Bonn Schmitt Steichen. Origer was a partner in Loyens’ Luxembourg investment management and corporate finance departments.



Katten Muchin Rosenman has announced that Zvi Hahn has joined the firm as a New York-based partner in the tax planning practice. Hahn joins the firm from the New York office of Butzel Long, where he was a partner and co-chair of the firm’s tax law and Israel practices.

Winston & Strawn has taken on litigator ­Elizabeth Papez as a partner. Papez recently served as deputy assistant attorney general in the US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and as law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Jones Day has hired Roburt Waldow and William Freeman as partners in California. ­Waldow, who was previously a partner in the ­Silicon Valley office of McDermott Will & Emery, joins Jones Day’s Irvine office in the tax practice. Freeman, who was previously a partner in the Palo Alto office of Cooley, joins Jones Day’s Silicon Valley office in the securities litigation and ­Securities and Exchange Commission ­enforcement practice.

The Chicago office of K&L Gates has welcomed Christopher DeLise as a partner in its corporate practice. DeLise was previously a partner at Husch Blackwell. Elsewhere, the Boston office of K&L Gates has announced the arrival of Shann Kerner as a partner in its IP practice. She joins from WilmerHale, where she was a partner.

Arnold & Porter has announced that ­corporate and financial services lawyers Robert Azarow and Edward Bright have joined the firm as partners in New York, along with Stephanie Nygard, who has joined as counsel. All three are former Thacher Proffitt & Wood partners and join Arnold & Porter from Sonnenschein Nath

& Rosenthal.