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Cadwalader Elects Nine New Partners and Promotes Five New Special Counsel and Counsel

Cadwalader today announced that attorneys Tim Hicks, Kahn D. Hobbs, Jacqueline Ingram, Braden McCurrach, Claire Suzanne Puddicombe, Greg Prindle, Matthew Robertson, Jason Schwartz and Nathan Spanheimer have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

“These are outstanding lawyers with an unwavering commitment to client service and demonstrated excellence,” said Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner. “This nine-member partner class comes on the heels of last year’s promotion of ten partners, which was our largest incoming class since 1993. With 225 years of remarkable history, we continue to grow the firm with exceptionally talented partners and envision considerable growth and success in the years to come.”

In addition, the firm promoted four attorneys – Christopher Dickson, Adam Magid, Nicole Stephansen and Danielle Vincenti Tully – to special counsel and one attorney – Gary Schuler – to counsel.

Members of Essex Court Chambers Commence Singapore Group Practice

Members of chambers are pleased to announce that VK Rajah SC, Tham Lijing, Colin Liew and Calvin Liang have become members of Essex Court Chambers, practicing as full time independent advocates. They will commence self-employed legal practice as members of Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore Group Practice) from 19 Duxton Hill, Singapore. Toby Landau QC, who was called to the Singapore Bar on 11 May 2017, will very shortly be joining the Group Practice.

VK Rajah SC is one of Singapore’s most distinguished lawyers. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1997, a judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore from 2004 to 2007 and of the Singapore Court of Appeal from 2007 to 2014, before serving as Attorney-General from 2014 to 2017.

Tham Lijing, Colin Liew and Calvin Liang are advocates admitted to the Singapore Bar. They have been recognised as among Singapore’s most promising and influential young lawyers. After achieving outstanding academic success, they served as Justices Law Clerks, before gaining advocacy and advisory experience at some of Singapore’s leading law firms.
David Foxton QC, Head of Chambers at Essex Court Chambers, said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming a lawyer of VK’s outstanding calibre to Essex Court Chambers, together with three young lawyers of such obvious promise and ability as Lijing, Colin and Calvin. The recruitment of these new members, together with Toby’s call to the Singapore Bar earlier this year, significantly enhances the ability of members of Chambers to respond to the challenges and opportunities generated by the increasingly transnational nature of commercial, financial and international law disputes.

The “chambers model” of individual self-employed specialist advocates and advisers enhances client choice, and the ability to access the very best legal representation. We believe this exciting new venture will add value to the dynamic legal sector in Singapore, and make its own contribution to cementing Singapore’s position as a regional and global legal hub”.
VK Rajah SC said:

“On leaving public service, I wanted to find a role that would embrace excellence and personal autonomy. Essex Court Chambers is a world-renowned set of independent advocates that encapsulates an uncompromising commitment to excellence, whose members regularly receive instructions from law firms from all over the world and act for businesses, governments and international institutions.

Singapore’s first pure Chambers practice introduces a different concept of specialised legal services that will focus on advisory and advocacy work. This will be a new platform to give Singapore and the region a wider choice in first tier legal services in both domestic litigation and international arbitration briefs. I therefore look forward to working closely with my three Singaporean colleagues, Toby Landau QC as well as many other colleagues from Essex Court Chambers in this exciting new venture.”

Joint Senior Clerk David Grief said:

“The members of Essex Court Chambers have long enjoyed close ties to the Singapore legal sector, and we are delighted to strengthen that relationship by welcoming VK, Lijing, Colin and Calvin as members of Chambers”.

The members of the Singapore Group Practice will act as independent advisors and advocates, and will both accept direct instructions from clients and work alongside local and international law firms.

Profiles of VK Rajah SC, Toby Landau QC, Tham Lijing, Colin Liew and Calvin Liang, together with information on how to instruct them, can be obtained from: clerksroom@essexcourt.sg

Three new partners to Stockholm’s office

They are Cecilia Möller Norsted, Advokat within the Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Åsa Gotthardsson, Advokat focusing on employment law and David Andersson, Advokat and a member of the Capital Markets and Public M&A Practice Group.

Maria-Pia Hope, Vinge’s CEO: – We are very happy to welcome Cecilia, Åsa and David as new partners. During this year when activity has been record-high, it is gratifying that we have been able to strengthen Vinge’s full service concept within the important practice areas of dispute resolution, capital market transactions and employment law. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Cecilia, Åsa and David as partners.

King & Spalding announced today that Peter Leininger, Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, joins King & Spalding’s Washington, D.

King & Spalding announced today that Peter Leininger, Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, joins King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office as counsel with the firm’s FDA & Life Sciences practice.

As a member of FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel, Leininger represented the agency in numerous criminal investigations and prosecutions across the range of FDA-regulated products, including medical devices, drugs, food, dietary supplements and biologics. In that role, he regularly counseled and advised FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations on evidence-gathering techniques and strategies, and he reviewed and evaluated evidence collected by FDA agents and investigators. Leininger developed referrals to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecutions of corporations and individuals, and participated in investigations that were prompted by whistleblower complaints and qui tam actions. During his five-year tenure with FDA, Leininger also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in criminal cases he helped develop and prosecute, including those involving the sale and distribution of counterfeit drugs, and the use of unapproved and misbranded drugs by physicians.

“While King & Spalding has enjoyed a tremendous relationship with the FDA for nearly 40 years, Pete’s arrival from the agency further strengthens an area of focus for us in FDA enforcement matters, especially criminal investigations, qui tam actions and government investigations,” said Mark Brown, chair of the firm’s FDA & Life Sciences practice. “Pete’s substantial experience with emerging enforcement priorities and insights gained from his work with FDA and the Department of Justice will be exceptionally valuable to both our current clients and our practice.”

Prior to joining FDA, Leininger worked in private practice for seven years, focusing on False Claims Act litigation in the healthcare and life science industries. Leininger received his B.B.A. from the College of William and Mary, and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School.

“I have long known that King & Spalding has a premier FDA regulatory and enforcement practice, and I am thrilled to join this great firm,” said Leininger. “I look forward to sharing insights from my experience at FDA and in private practice with clients and colleagues across the firm and helping to grow the FDA & Life Sciences practice even further.”

With more than 35 lawyers and professionals in the U.S. and Europe devoting their time exclusively to FDA matters, King & Spalding’s FDA & Life Sciences group provides sophisticated regulatory counseling to more than 200 large, mid-cap, and start-up medical device, drug, biotech, food, and tissue product manufacturers, as well as distributors, health care providers, and technology ventures. Law360 recently named King & Spalding’s team a Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year.

Global law firm Dentons will strengthen its Banking and Finance practice in Germany with the recruitment of a top tier structured finance and securitization team.

On April 1, 2017, Dr. Arne Klüwer will join the Frankfurt office from Clifford Chance and Dr. Matthias Eggert will join the Munich office along with Timo Riester from Baker McKenzie. In addition, as of 1 May, Mortimer Berlet will join as a partner from Clifford Chance where he presently works as a senior associate.

The additions to the team will support Dentons’ strategy to develop the Banking and Finance practice in Germany and boost the Firm’s capabilities in cross-border transactions. Through these hires Dentons will gain one of the strongest structured finance and securitization offerings in the German market and more widely in Europe.

Arne Klüwer will assume the role of Head of Banking and Finance Germany as well as Head of Structured Finance Europe. His securitization and structured finance practice covers a broad range of asset classes and supply chain finance products.  He also advises on restructuring, workouts and loan trading transactions. Recently he structured the first whole business securitization of a photovoltaic leasing company, which was the first transaction of its kind to be eligible for a ”Climate Bond“ certification. He has significant experience in the real estate, energy and insurance sectors. He began his career as a lawyer with Clifford Chance in 2000 and became a partner in 2004.

He is looking forward to leading Dentons’ newly established Structured Finance and Securitization practice in competing with the established market leaders both in Germany and internationally.
Matthias Eggert focuses on structured finance and advises on securitization, corporate lending and restructuring as well as on portfolio transactions, including their financing. His clients include banks, borrowers and FinTech companies. Eggert has advised clients such as CRX Markets Vattenfall, Lufthansa and Nestlé on their supply chain finance platforms. Before he joined Baker McKenzie in 2008, he worked for Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and London.

Mortimer Berlet focuses on structured finance and securitization and brings substantial experience in the securitization of a broad range of asset classes and structured finance transactions, including loan trading transactions and restructurings. He joined Clifford Chance as a lawyer in 2011 and prior to that worked in-house in the restructuring group of a large international financial institution.

Andreas Ziegenhagen, German Managing Partner, commented, “These high profile legal advisors will help raise our Banking and Finance practice to a whole new level and substantially strengthen our offering for our clients.“

Robert Michels, Office Managing Partner Frankfurt and Co-Head of Europe Capital Markets practice, added, “Through these new hires our practice gains substantial strength. This is a very good opportunity to further enhance our position in the German financial market.”

Dr. Matthias Eggert said, “Dentons is now well positioned to advise on structured products in Europe and globally. The Munich office has a very strong dynamic and Timo and I very much look forward to strengthening the Banking and Finance practice to offer my clients the services of a global and dynamic law firm.“

In addition, Dr. Carl Bjärnram recently joined the Banking and Finance team in Munich in Aviation and Asset Finance from Norton Rose Fulbright. His hire complements the Firm’s existing Aviation capabilities and offering in London, Paris and Madrid.

Dr. Alexander von Bergwelt, Office Managing Partner Munich, said, “When we opened the Munich office last year, one of our priorities was to establish a strong Banking and Finance team to serve our clients in Munich.  With the recruitment of Matthias, Timo and Carl, we have taken a big step forward in our strategy.”

Burges Salmon hires two senior lawyers in its family law and divorce team

Burges Salmon has hired two senior family lawyers in its family law and divorce team.

Alison Hawes will join Burges Salmon as a consultant in February 2017, having previously been a partner in the family law team at Irwin Mitchell, where she established and developed a team at the top of the market in Bristol and the South West. Prior to this, Alison was the head of TLT’s specialist family team where she also had business development responsibility for its Private Business Group. She has been described in Legal 500 as “one of the most senior, able and respected solicitors on the circuit” and is ranked as a Star Individual in the Chambers UK Guide.

Alison’s experience encompasses all aspects of family law, in particular financial cases involving complex assets including businesses. She has a niche specialism in cohabitation law, especially Schedule 1 Children Act claims. Alison is a collaborative family lawyer and a member of both the Bristol POD and Resolution, sitting on the national Standards Committee.
Nicky Howarth joined Burges Salmon in November 2016 as a senior associate. Nicky specialises in all areas of family law including divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation, financial settlements (including those with complex trust issue, business issues, international issue and pensions) and children issues. Nicky was previously a lawyer in the family teams at Irwin Mitchell and TLT.

Nicky is recognised in Chambers UK as follows: “Nicky Howarth is extremely sharp, very fast with numbers and very decisive. She knows what she thinks and she knows what a court is likely to think as well.”

Nicky commented: “I am really pleased to have the opportunity to join the family law and divorce team at Burges Salmon, where I’ll be working with some of the UK’s top practitioners on a variety of complex matters.”

Burges Salmon’s family law and divorce team provides advice to clients both before marriage or living together and on separation or divorce. Its lawyers advise on the legal and financial implications of marriage, separation and divorce, cohabitation, civil partnership dissolution and arrangements for children.

Sarah Woodsford, head of the family law and divorce team at Burges Salmon, said: “We are looking to enhance our strong reputation in the South West market and in Alison and Nicky we have two highly experienced family law practitioners who will help us do exactly that. We look forward to welcoming them to the firm and seeing them help us deliver the best mix of advice, service and value to clients.”

Herbert Smith Freehills boosts its TMT offering in London

Herbert Smith Freehills announces the appointment of Aaron White as of counsel to its Global TMT team, based in London.

Aaron, who joins from Ashurst and previously worked in our London office, is a telecoms and technology specialist. He regularly leads complex telecoms projects, including mobile network sharing, network rollouts, MVNOs and sub-sea cable projects and joint ventures in the telecoms sector.

Aaron also advises on telecoms regulation, including EU regulatory, authorisation, access and interconnection, privacy and land access. He also advises on a wide range of commercial matters including technology outsourcing and transformation projects, IT goods and services contracts, and general procurement including preparation for and conduct of tender processes. Aaron has spent time in-house at mobile operator O2 and Telefónica Digital in the UK.

Aaron will be working closely with TMT partners including Nick Pantlin, Nicholas Moore, Gavin Davies, Stephen Wilkinson, Charles Howarth, Stephen Wisking, Veronica Roberts, Andrew Moir, Mark Shillito, Joel Smith, James Farrell, James Baily, Philip Carrington, Nicholas Peacock, Nusrat Zar and Jeremy Garson in the UK, as well as others in EMEA and APAC, who advise on TMT transactional, operational, regulatory/competition and disputes work.

Commenting on the appointment, Ben Ward who heads the firm’s corporate practice in the UK, said:

“Aaron brings with him a breadth of experience and market knowledge that will strengthen our TMT practice. Over the last 12 months, the firm has advised on some of the most high-profile deals in the market including advising Europe’s leading entertainment company Sky on a £18.5 billion recommended takeover offer from 21st Century Fox, and Aaron’s arrival reflects our focus on providing the highest level of service to our clients. As demand for specialist TMT expertise continues to increase, we look forward to working with him to better service our clients.”

Herbert Smith Freehills was ranked #5 among the top 10 law firms worldwide in the Mergermarket Q4 2016 TMT Trend Report, being the only non-US headquartered firm in the top 5 by deal value in 2016. The firm advised on transactions with total value of US$162 billion. Herbert Smith Freehills advised on 3 of the top 5 global TMT M&A deals.

Fourth corporate partner joins Fieldfisher Brussels

European law firm Fieldfisher has hired Thomas Lenné as a partner in its Brussels office.

Thomas is a corporate specialist, advising Belgian and multinational companies, private equity funds, families and entrepreneurs. His work covers all areas of corporate law, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), buy-outs, private equity and venture capital transactions. He also advises on capital markets transactions, corporate restructurings and general corporate issues.

Thomas, who joins Fieldfisher from Baker McKenzie – where he trained and qualified – has 11 years of experience across numerous sectors, including private equity, construction, aviation, banking, energy, IT, telecom and media.

Claudio Mereu and Stijn Debaene, co-managing partners of Fieldfisher’s Brussels office, said: “Thomas is the fourth partner within the corporate team of the Brussels office. We’re proud that our firm has been able to recruit a top talent like Thomas and are absolutely convinced that his arrival will further expand the sustained growth of our Belgian practice.”

Thomas Lenné said: “I am very pleased to be joining Fieldfisher. As a firm it has a very strong reputation and, as we’ve seen over the last few months, its European footprint is continuing to grow. Furthermore, its Brussels office houses the full range of highly qualified Belgian specialists that are needed for my practice.”

Fieldfisher’s Brussels office is full service, with specialists in the major practice areas of Belgian business law: corporate, employment and pensions, tax, commercial contracts, dispute resolution, intellectual property, technology, outsourcing and privacy, competition and (EU) regulatory.

Weightmans welcomes top hire to Yorkshire team

National law firm Weightmans LLP has appointed Partner Helen Brown to the Local Government team in Leeds.

Helen Brown H&S (3)Helen (pictured) has joined the firm from Langleys LLP, where she was Deputy Head of Insurance Law Division and Head of the Public Sector Unit.

Recommended in the Legal 500 as “very talented and professional” and recognised as standing out “for her ability to solidly assess the merits of the case”, Helen is a significant hire for Weightmans and brings a wealth of experience to the firm’s Leeds office.

Helen is an expert in claims involving stress, bullying and harassment in addition to specialising in a full range of abuse work. Throughout her career she has dealt with the full spectrum of employers’ and public liability claims for local authorities, insurers, Lloyd’s syndicates and listed companies.

She has a keen interest in the latest legal reforms and was previously the chair of the public sector focus team for the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and was subsequently appointed onto the FOIL national committee as Lobby Officer.

Working closely at a national and local level with ALARM, an organisation for risk professionals who work in public services, Helen regularly speaking at their forums and local conferences.

Peter Wake, Partner and Head of Local Government Litigation at Weightmans LLP said:

“We are delighted to welcome Helen to the firm. She is a fantastic addition to our expanding office in Leeds and will be integral to the continued growth of our local government and commercial insurance presence both in Yorkshire and nationwide.”

Helen added:

“Weightmans is an extremely strong brand in the insurance and public sectors, and I look forward to working with the team and clients to further boost our offering across the board.”

Reed Smith bolsters its European platform with arrival of 50 strong team from King & Wood Mallesons

Global law firm Reed Smith has announced the hire of several teams, including 17 partners, three counsel, 22 associates, one jurist and seven trainees, as well as two knowledge management lawyers and six secretaries, from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) to its London, Frankfurt, Munich and Paris offices. The partners and their established teams are expected to join the firm on Monday, 23 January and follow several lawyers and business services personnel who joined the firm on Monday 16 January.

“It is a mutually rewarding opportunity”, said Tamara Box, Managing Partner for Europe and the Middle East. “These teams recognised that our global platform, strong collegiate culture, and high quality client base were a good fit for them, and we at Reed Smith seized the opportunity to expand our capabilities through top quality talent in industry sectors, practices and offices that are strategically important for our business. It’s clearly a win-win, not only for all the lawyers involved but for our clients globally.”

Corporate, M&A, private equity, financial services regulation, litigation, competition and tax are all areas of strategic focus for Reed Smith and the KWM teams joining the firm are renowned market leaders in these areas. Together, the 50 strong group represent many of the same clients and have built their reputation as a cohesive team across disciplines, connecting their skills to provide an integrated service to clients across the UK, Germany and France. Uniquely, this complements Reed Smith’s approach and, as well as sharing experience in areas of practice, the firm acts for many common clients.

Reed Smith has a long history and proven track record of successful integration of lateral hires, mergers and office openings – notably this month the firm celebrates ten years following the Reed Smith Richards Butler merger and in the past three years alone the firm has appointed 150 partners (in particular, within the firm’s five key industry sectors) to substantially add to its global platform.

In London, the firm will be joined by: financial regulatory partners David Calligan, Tim Dolan, Tamasin Little and Adrian Brown; corporate partners Delphine Currie and Mark Sanders; private equity partner Laura Brunnen and senior counsel Martin Bowen; and tax partner Gareth Amdor. As part of the move, the partners will be joined by 10 associates, three trainees, two knowledge management lawyers and two secretaries.

The KWM financial services regulatory team has a market-leading practice, advising banks, funds, real estate, private equity, retail banking and emerging FinTech companies on non-contentious regulatory matters, as well as advising on structured finance matters. The addition of the team will bring Reed Smith’s financial regulatory team to almost 150 lawyers globally.

In Paris, the firm will be joined by competition/antitrust partners Marc Lévy and Natasha Tardif; tax partners Sylvie Vansteenkiste, Fanny Combourieu and Raphaël Béra; and corporate and private equity partners Guilain Hippolyte and Pierre-Louis Périn. Following these Paris-based partners will be tax counsel Gwenaël Kropfinger, 10 associates, one jurist, four trainees and four secretaries.

The market-leading seven-lawyer competition team advise on French and EU antitrust disputes for many international clients, including clients common to Reed Smith. The team is involved in a great number of major on-going competition cases and its clients have said that partners Marc Lévy and Natasha Tardif “are always present when you need them and deliver high quality work” (source: The Legal 500). The Paris tax team includes three partners, one counsel, three associates and one jurist who have strong expertise in private equity, advising on all elements of fund formation including all tax issues related to funds, carried interest and management incentives. The team also advise on corporate/LBO and real estate tax matters as well as on tax audits for both funds and high net worth individuals. They combine non-contentious expertise with a strong litigation capability. The Paris corporate/private equity team includes two partners and two associates. The team’s work covers international M&A, private equity, venture capital, fund formation, governance and structuring for French groups as well as listed companies.

“The prominent reputation of the KWM Paris practice and these talented lawyers in competition, private equity and tax has had us chasing these lawyers for some time; we’re delighted to see our efforts come to fruition in such an exciting way”, said Tamara Box.

In Germany, Reed Smith will be joined by competition/antitrust partner Tilman Siebert (in Munich) and litigation partner Francis Bellen (in Frankfurt). The partners will also be joined by counsel Dr Michaela Westrup (in Munich) and two associates (one in Frankfurt and one in Munich).

One of the biggest gains from the move will be the expansion of the firm’s European corporate practice, where the firm shares many mutual clients with these new partners. The KWM corporate team are known market leaders in corporate, competition/antirust, private equity and tax in their respective jurisdictions. Together, this combination with Reed Smith’s existing team will create a group of almost 80 lawyers with impressive synergy across Reed Smith’s established European platform.

“This group demonstrates the power of working together as a truly joined-up cross-border team and what that offers our clients. This is how we work at Reed Smith and is why the opportunity to combine our practices instantly appealed to us”, said Peter Teare, Reed Smith partner and head of the firm’s Europe and Middle East corporate practice. “The marrying of our existing corporate team with this group of high quality lawyers enables us to offer an even greater European corporate capability to our clients in each of our key European markets.”

Expansion of Reed Smith’s presence in Germany, in line with its industry group focus, remains a key commitment for the business. The firm has been established in Munich for over 10 years and, since the launch of its Frankfurt office in 2015, has grown to almost 50 lawyers across both offices.

The arrival of partner Francis Bellen and his team will significantly expand the firm’s current litigation capability in Germany. Further, partner Tilman Siebert and his team will introduce a much-desired competition capability to the firm’s growing German corporate practice (now 14 lawyers strong). The two teams will work closely together on major cartel damages cases and other contentious competition matters, representing global corporates, financial institutions and private equity houses.

“Germany is the largest economy in Europe and, as such, an important market for many of our clients and we continue to seek opportunities to build on the successful opening of our Frankfurt office”, said Rolf Hünermann, office managing partner of Reed Smith’s Frankfurt office. Dr Stefan Kugler, Munich office managing partner, adds: “The expansion of our existing litigation capability and the launch of a competition and antitrust practice have long been ambitions for our German business. Francis’ and Tilman’s client base are simply a perfect fit for us and have helped us accomplish these goals.”