In and out

By James Barnes

23 April 2013 at 10:36 BST

A weekly round-up of who's moving up, down or out in global legal practice

Richard Williams: first CEO at Davenport Lyons


London law firm Davenport Lyons has announced the appointment of Richard Williams as its first chief executive officer following his engagement some 12 months ago as a financial consultant to the business.  
Mr Williams will also become a member of the firm’s governing board.
After qualifying at Ernst & Young as a chartered accountant, Mr Williams has worked in varied roles including as finance director at Lawrence Graham and CPA Global.
More recently, Mr Williams has been a strategic financial consultant for both Davenport Lyons and Phoenix Business Solutions.

London patent specialist firm D Young & Co has announced the arrival of Matthew Dick from Bristows.
Mr Dick – who specialises in all areas of brands-related law and litigation - joins the firm’s trademark practice as a partner.

Chicago law firm Sidley Austin has strengthened its London funds team with the capture of group general counsel of Man Group, Stephen Ross.
Mr Ross will join the firm as partner, adding a wealth of knowledge to the team having held a number of key leadership positions during his time at London-based Man Group.


Spanish law firm Cuatrecases Goncalves Pereira has confirmed the appointment of six lawyers to its partnership.
The new partners – from the firm’s Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon offices – were appointed at a general meeting of partners in Barcelona.
The new partners are: Jaime de la Torre (Madrid, corporate finance); Paulo de Sá e Cunha (Lisbon, criminal law); Alfredo Domínguez (Madrid, criminal law); Ismael González (Barcelona, Finance and tax); Ignacio Jabato (Madrid, labour and employment) and Nuria Nicolau (Barcelona, tax litigation).

Matteo Benozzo and Francesco Bruno have joined Italian law firm Pavia e Ansaldo as of counsel to coordinate the firm’s environment and health and safety practice.
Mr Benozzo is an assistant professor and tenured researcher at Macerata University, while Mr Bruno is an associate professor at Molise University and a professor at Campus Biomedico’ University of Rome.

Italian firm LABLAW has boosted its sport law department with the appointment of Lucia Bianco as of counsel.
Ms Bianco joins the department - headed by founding partner Francesco Rotondi – having previously worked with the Italian Professional Soccer League as in-house counsel and as the Secretary of the Arbitration Panel of the organisation.

Middle East

Global law firm Squire Sanders has added Dr Nadia Al-Anani as senior associate in its Riyadh office.
Dr Al-Anani is a specialist in banking and regulatory issues, with broad experience in corporate, capital markets, and general commercial law and related complex litigation. She will lead the firm’s women lawyers section in Riyadh and play a key role in supporting its expansion across MENA.


New York-based law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn has snapped up Avinash Ganatra as partner in its corporate department.
Mr Ganatra has expertise in US and international capital markets, securities and both domestic and cross-border leveraged finance transactions.  He joins Carter Ledyard from the New York office of Squire Sanders, where he was a partner in its corporate finance, securities and governance department.


Offshore legal services provider Appleby has announced two senior additions to its funds & investment services team in Guernsey.
Appleby’s global head of funds, Ian Gobin, will transfer from the Cayman office to lead the global funds practice for a period of time from Guernsey, while Deborah Poole returns to Appleby in May as a partner in the same team.

Cayman Islands law firm Forbes Hare has boosted its legal team following the admission of Peter Goddard as an attorney in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Mr Goddard is executive director of Forbes Hare Trust Company and was previously managing director and in-house counsel for ATC Trust Company in Cayman for over 10 years.
Following a period in the UK as a private client partner in a London-based law firm Mr Goddard returned to the Cayman Islands recently to head up Forbes Hare Trust Company.
In his new role Mr Goddard will be able to assist Forbes Hare law firm clients on private client and trust matters in the Cayman Islands.   


Mark Stephens has been inaugurated as the chairman of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA).
HowardKennedyFsi partner Mr Stephens will lead the organisation, which seeks to promote and maintain the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession, with the highest standards of ethics and integrity, serves the people of the Commonwealth.
In a statement, Mr Stephens said: ‘I will begin by predominantly focussing on the decriminalisation of homosexuality across the Commonwealth; the abolition of the death penalty and the independence of lawyers; the independence of the Judiciary; and corporate Governance and transparency through the Commonwealth.’

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