27 November 2012

In and out

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

By Megan Malloy

Margaret Cole (centre): feeling honoured


Hans Kristoferitsch and Heinrich Folgar-Deinhardstein are to join the partnership of Vienna-based Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati (CHSH) from the beginning of next year. Both have been CHSH associates at since 2005, with Mr Kristoferitsch specialising in public commercial law, competition, criminal law and compliance. Mr Folgar-Deinhardstein deals with company law and cross-border mergers.
Philadelphia-based law firm Dechert has lured Russian litigator Dmitry Kurochkin as a partner in the firm’s Moscow office dispute resolution practice. Mr Kurochkin was formerly head of litigation for Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa at what is now Herbert Smith Freehills. He focuses his practice on commercial, corporate, shareholder, employment, regulatory litigation and arbitration matters for both domestic and international clients.
French global law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has appointed two equity partners, Laurent Godfroid and Bénédicte Mazel, to its competition/international trade, and public and administrative law and projects practice groups. Mr Godfroid has been at Gide’s Brussels office since 2003, specialising in European and competition law, particularly in the fields of rail and air transport, the media and the Internet. Ms Mazel also joined Gide in 2003 and covers institutional restructuring of public bodies, recently advising the French government on the spatial communications project Nectar.
Berlin-based international law firm Hengeler Mueller has appointed Philipp Hanfland, Simon Patrick Link, Christian Schmies and Christian Wentrup as partners. In addition, the firm has appointed Bianka Bielecke, Susan Kempe- Müller, Anna Roberta Schwander and Vanessa Wettner to the position of counsel.


Eversheds partner Denise Jagger has won the Woman of Achievement prize for 2012, awarded by the group Women in the City. Ms Jaggar has been involved in encouraging the advancement of women in law firms and on corporate boards. As the recipient of the award, Ms Jaggar will hold a place on the accelerated development programme conducted by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’s London campus.
England’s  recently re-branded University of Law last week also recognised two lawyers with honorary doctor of laws degrees. Margaret Cole was previously a board member of UK watchdog, the Financial Services Agency, and will soon take over as UK general counsel and executive board member at big four global accountancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. With her picking up an honorary degree was Michael Napier QC,  who was also recently voted Legal Business magazine’s  lawyer of the year for his many years’ work as senior partner at national law firm Irwin Mitchell.  
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has recruited Charlotte Taggart as a partner to its corporate insurance team. Ms Taggart joins the firm after four years as the general counsel for Lockton International, the world’s largest privately-owned independent insurance broker. She specialises in distribution and affinity deals, joint ventures, and regulatory structures.
Weil’s London private equity team appointed Samantha McGonigle and Simon Lyell as partners. Both Ms McGonigle and Mr Lyell joined Weil in 2006. They will join private equity transaction partners Michael Francies, Marco Compagnoni, Jonathan Wood and Mark Soundy in leading a team of 25 transaction lawyers.
Goodwin Procter’s London office announced that Ben Eaton has joined the firm as a partner. Mr Eaton previously practiced at magic circle firm Allen & Overy and brings experience in advising funds, banks, and sovereign wealth clients internationally. He joins the Godwin Procter tax practice, where he will focus on matters involving investment funds and real estate transactions.
Withers London office announced the appointment of Graham Elliott as a consultant. Mr Elliott brings experience as a partner at accountancy firm haysmacintyre and two decades of experience in VAT, including four years as an officer of HM Customs & Excise.
Timewise Jobs, in partnership with global accountancy firm Ernst & Young, compiled a list of 50 examples of leaders working part time at the senior level in Britain. Among those named are Abbie Rumbold of Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Charlotte Bradley of Kingsley Napley, Nicola Rabson of Linklaters, Chris Hobbs of Norton Rose, and Julian Taylor of Simmons & Simmons.


DLA Piper announced the appointment of Erwin Purba as a special counsel in the firm’s Singapore office. Mr Purba brings some 17 years of experience in South East Asia in the fields of telecommunications, media and information technology and regulatory work in those sectors. Previously, Mr Purba worked as senior counsel in the legal department at Astro, a cross-media operator in the Asia Pacific region.

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