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Partner moves: January 2011

07 Feb 2011

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Firm’s started the year in a more fluid market than that in which they ended 2010. However, comparing partner moves from the same time last year, it was a marginally more stable beginning. In total, 34 partners switched firms across Europe in January, with notable movements happening in London, Germany and France.

US firms seemed to score one over on their European counterparts. One of the busier firms was Weil Gothsal & Manges, which added three partners to its European offices, including London-based banking specialist James Hogben (banking) from Ashurst and restructuring partner Adam Plainer (restructuring) from Jones Day. In Paris, the firm also hired M&A partner Laurent Faugérolas from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Simmons & Simmons lost four partners, including Richard May and Gavin Weir to US firms Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and White & Case, respectively, and US securities partner Daniel Winterfeldt to CMS Cameron McKenna. The firm did not just shed in London, and its Frankfurt office saw private equity partner Jan Wildberger move to P+P Poellath.

Hogan Lovells bolstered its capital markets teams in London and Frankfurt with the lateral hires of Dennis Dillon from Sidley Austin and Michael Schlitt from Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The Frankfurt moves above added to what was a reasonably active month for German offices, which saw Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe poach two partners, Jens Röhrborn and Jörg Ritter, from Holme Roberts & Owen for its Munich-based corporate team.

In Paris, there were a number of moves in the corporate, M&A and restructuring fields, with Nicolas Bichot moving from Allen & Overy to Bichot & Associés, Phillipe Hameau from Dewey & LeBoeuf to Orrick Rambaud Martel, Robert Follie from Hogan Lovells to Holman Fenwick & Willan and Raphael Chantelot from Gide Loyrette Nouel to Lefevre Pelletier & Associes. All the moves are from large international firms to smaller rivals.

Elsewhere in Europe, the new Brussels’ office of K&L Gates recruited two partners from McDermott Will & Emery: corporate specialist Patrice Corbiau and competition partner Phillip Torbol; while in London the firm hired project finance partner Matthew Kidwell from Shearman & Sterling. And in Italy, Watson Farley & Williams continued its Europe-wide hiring spree with the recruitment of project finance partner Francesco Curreli from Hogan Lovells.

Qatar has been in the news recently for its controversial victory in the race to host the football World Cup, but global sporting events are not the only things coming to the small Gulf nation. As firm’s glance around for new revenue opportunities there is increasing interest being shown in the country and in January Clifford Chance followed the likes of Allen & Overy and Latham & Watkins in establishing a permanent base.

The move will see projects partner Richard Parris and banking specialist Greg Englefield transfer from Dubai to head up the new operation, which is waiting on approval of its license.

It’s a mere few years since the only foreign firms to be found in Doha were the likes of Simmons & Simmons and Eversheds, but recently the situation has transformed into a gold rush for expansive internationals.

Name From Location Practice Area To Location
Nicolas Bichot Allen & Overy Paris Corporate Bichot & Associes Paris
James Hogben Ashurst London Banking Weil Gothsal & Manges London
Tim Cowen BT London Competition/antitrust Sidley Austin London
Michele Cicchetti Carnelutti Milan Banking Pavia e Ansaldo Milan
Richard Parris Clifford Chance Dubai Projects Clifford Chance Doha
Greg Englefield Clifford Chance Dubai Banking & finance Clifford Chance Doha
Niall McAlister CMS Cameron McKenna London Corporate Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge London
Manuel Castelo Branco Cuatrecasas Goncalves Perreira Lisbon Corporate - -
Phillipe Hameau Dewey & LeBoeuf Paris Restructuring Orrick Rambaud Martel Paris
Daren Allen DLA Piper London Regulatory Berwin Leighton Paisner London
Anna Rizova DLA Piper Sofia M&A Wolf Theiss Sofia
Ian Gilthorpe Eversheds Newcastle Corporate - Newcastle
Raphael Chantelot Gide Loyrette Nouel (SA) Paris M&A Lefevre Pelletier & Asscoies Paris
Hany Kassem Hani Qurashi Riyadh Corporate Trowers & Hamlins Riyadh
Alexander Tsakoev Herbert Smith Moscow Banking Norton Rose Moscow
Robert Follie Hogan Lovells Paris Corporate Holman Fenwick & Willan Paris
Francesco Curreli Hogan Lovells Milan Project finance Watson Farley & Williams Milan
Jens Röhrborn Holme Roberts & Owen Munich Corporate Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Munich
Jörg Ritter Holme Roberts & Owen Munich Corporate Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Munich
Adam Plainer Jones Day London Restructuring Weil Gotshal & Manges London
Doron Ezickson McDermott Will & Emery London Energy Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft London
Phlip Torbol McDermott Will & Emery Brussels Competition K&L Gates Brussels
Patrice Corbiau McDermott Will & Emery Brussels Corporate K&L Gates Brussels
Neil Miller Norton Rose London Islamic finance KPMG London
Saul Sender Reed Smith London Corporate Mishcon de Reya London
Boris Durr RP Richter & Partner Munich Corporate Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek Munich
Eszter Kamocsay-Berta Salans Budapest Projects Gide Loyrette Nouel Budapest
Matthew Kidwell Shearman & Sterling London Project finance K&L Gates London
Dennis Dillon Sidley Austin London Debt capital markets Hogan Lovells London
Richard May Simmons & Simmons London Corporate Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson London
Gavin Weir Simmons & Simmons London Corporate White & Case London
Daniel Winterfeldt Simmons & Simmons London US Securities CMS Cameron McKenna London
Jan Wildberger Simmons & Simmons Frankfurt Private equity P+P Poellath Frankfurt
Alberto Morano SJ Berwin Milan Private equity Dewey & LeBoueuf Milan
Michael Schlitt Willkie Farr & Gallagher Frankfurt Capital markets Hogan Lovells Frankfurt
Laurent Faugerolas Willkie Farr & Gallagher Paris M&A Weil Gotshal & Manges Paris
SA - Senior associate

January 2011 marked a quiet start for Asia, revealing a trickle of transfers primarily in Hong Kong and Beijing. Notably SNR Denton affiliate Brandt Chan & Partners announced it would be hiring three new partners for 2011: corporate lawyer Anthony Chan, M&A lawyers Valda Chan and private equity partner Jeffrey Cheung.

London based Weil Gotshal & Manges finance partner Michael Nicklin made the move to Hong Kong to join Ropes & Gray, whose Beijing office incidentally also grew with the hire of investment funds partner Geoffrey Chan from O’Melveny & Myers. Also in Beijing, Chinese firm Jun He poached financial & corporate partner Li Liang from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

There was only one move in Mumbai in January 2011, with M&A partner Rukshad Davar transferring from Bharucha & Partners to Majmudar & Co.

Name From Location Practice Area To Location
Kingsley Ong Mayer Brown (Cn) Hong Kong Structured finance Eversheds Hong Kong
Ken Hawkes Hogan Lovells Singapore Project finance White & Case Singapore
Ping Liu Baker & McKenzie Beijing Corporate & energy Mayer Brown Beijing
Anthony Chan - Hong Kong Corporate Brandt Chan & Partners (SNR Denton) Hong Kong
Valda Chan - Hong Kong M&A Brandt Chan & Partners (SNR Denton) Hong Kong
Jeffrey Cheung - Hong Kong Private equity Brandt Chan & Partners (SNR Denton) Hong Kong
Thomas De Muynck Jones Day Tokyo M&A Jones Day Tokyo
Michael Nicklin Weil Gotshal & Manges London Finance Ropes & Gray Hong Kong
Li Liang Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Beijing Financial & corporate Jun He Beijing
Rukshad Davar Bharucha & Partners Mumbai M&A Majmudar & Co Mumbai
K Minh Dang DLA Piper Singapore Corporate YKVN Singapore
Ke Geng Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (A) Beijing Capital markets O'Melveny & Myers Beijing
Geoffrey Chan O Melveny & Myers (C) Beijing Investment funds Ropes & Gray Beijing
(C) - Counsel
(Cn) - Consultant

The year kicked off in the Americas with a consistent number of partner moves. In the US alone, top firms saw 17 partners make moves to rival offices.

Among the most notable saw Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Houston office hiring two energy partners, Karl Hopkins and Steven Otillar, from the Baker & McKenzie office across town. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher was active in Dallas with the recruitment of corporate partner Michael Raff and M&A partner Jeffrey Chapman, both from Vinson & Elkins, while its New York office lost corporate partner Stephen Guynn to King & Spalding.

Jones Day scored a hat-trick from Mayer Brown in New York, poaching banking partner and senior associate Michael Butowsky and Michele Gibbons, and private equity partner Olga Loy.  

In Toronto, Miller Thompson hired finance and insolvency partner Joanne Foot and Borden Ladner Gervais recruited M&A partner Jeff Barnes from rival Heenan Blaikie.

January 2011 saw a couple of moves in Central and South America, with Rusconi Valdez Medina y Asociados losing finance and corporate partner Benjamin Valdez, who left to set up his own firm: Benjamin Valdez y Asociados. In Peru, corporate partner Victor Ostolaza left Estudio Cantuarias for Rossello Abogados.

Name From Location Practice Area To Location
Joanne Foot - Toronto Finance & insolvency Miller Thompson Toronto
Jeffrey Nadler
New York M&A Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg New York
Benjamin Valdez Rusconi Valdez Medina y Asociados El Salvador Financial & corporate Benjamin Valdez y Asociados El Salvador
Roger Stark Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle Washington DC Energy & project finance Ballard Spahr Washington DC
Jonathan Morris Barclays Wealth Americas New York Corporate Day Pitney New York
Hemmie Chang Ropes & Gray Boston M&A Foley Hoag Boston
Rachel Coan Katten Muchin Rosenman New York Capital markets Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell New York
Victor Ostolaza Estudio Cantuarias Peru Corporate Rossello Abogados Peru
Benjamin Valdez Rusconi Valdéz Medina & Asociados El Salvador Corporate - -
Jeffrey Chapman Vinson & Elkins Dallas M&A Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Dallas
Michael Raff Vinson & Elkins Dallas Corporate Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Dallas
Stephen Guynn Gibson Dunn & Crutcher New York Corporate King & Spalding New York
Karl Hopkins Baker & McKenzie Houston Energy Dewey & LeBoeuf Houston
Steven Otillar Baker & McKenzie Houston Energy Dewey & LeBoeuf Houston
Ted Kamman Jones Day New York M&A Sidley Austin New York
Jeff Barnes Heenan Blaikie Toronto M&A Borden Ladner Gervais Toronto
Biran Bradshaw Fulbright & Jaworski Houston Energy Morgan Lewis Houston
Stefanie Birkmann Simpson Thacher New York Finance Ropes & Gray New York
Charles Horn Mayer Brown Washington DC Financial services Morrison & Foerster Washington DC
John Lo King & Wood New York Corporate Edwars Angell Palmer & Dodge New York
Michael Butowsky Mayer Brown New York Banking Jones Day New York
Michele Gibbons Mayer Brown (SA) New York Banking Jones Day New York
Olga Loy Mayer Brown New York Private equity Jones Day New York
SA - Senior associate

Possibly the biggest appointment in January 2011 saw corporate partner Robert Ashworth replace Simon Marchant as regional managing partner for Asia for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

In Moscow, Noerr corporate partner Björn Paulsen took was promoted to the office’s managing partner. 

Name Firm/Company Location Practice Area New position Replacing Effective from
Scott Dresser Virgin Media London - General counsel Bryan Hall 6/1/11
Robert Ashworth Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hong Kong Corporate Regional managing partner Asia Simon Marchant 10/1/11
Lionel Woodward Standard Bank Offshore - - Head of legal - 18/1/11
Björn Paulsen Noerr Moscow Corporate Managing partner Moscow - 21/1/11
Stephen Kay Hogan Lovells Los Angeles Los Angeles Managing partner Los Angeles - 27/1/11
D Tyler Nurnberg Kaye Scholar Chicago Chicago Managing partner Chicago - 27/1/11
Jeery Clements Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell New York Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell Chairman - 27/1/11
Peter Burrows Norton Rose Moscow Property Moscow head Valentina Gluhovskaya 1/2/11
Taras Dumych Wolf Theiss Kiev - Managing partner Kiev Gennady Khareyn 1/2/11
Jonathan Hammond Simmons & Simmons London Capital markets Head of finance Jeremy Hoyland 1/2/11

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