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Revolving doorways: Pinsents and Addleshaws set new flags in Europe as firms rent key companions

Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard made significant office openings in Europe, while a number of other firms expanded their banks around the world over the past week.

Pinsents has announced plans to open its first office in the Netherlands and has hired Baker McKenzie’s partner Wouter Seinen to head the new Amsterdam office. His specializes in data protection, cybersecurity and advice on artificial intelligence in the technology market, which will be the focus of the new office.

Richard Foley, Senior Partner at Pinsents said: ‘With a quarter of our 250 largest customers in the Netherlands, this is an important strategic market and I am excited to start the process that will allow us to quickly build a meaningful skill in Amsterdam. ‘

Addleshaws has since doubled its activities in continental Europe with a new Paris office – the first in France. The launch is supported by the hiring of 22 lawyers from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and K&L Gates, including three partners. The Paris outpost offers corporate, commercial, real estate and dispute resolution functions.

Of the incoming partners, business specialist Rémy Blain will head the new office after he was managing partner of the BCLP office in Paris. He is joined by his corporate colleague Antoine Martin and real estate partner Edouard Vitry from K & L Gates.

In the meantime, Simmons & Simmons has deepened its German real estate expertise after another European partner left BCLP. Boris Strauch will work in Simmons’ Frankfurt office and will primarily advise on real estate transaction work.

Osborne Clarke has also strengthened its European references after hiring two partners on the continent. Nassim Ghalimi is coming to Paris as a partner from Veil Jourde to lead the restructuring and bankruptcy team, while Swedish technology, media and communications partner Mikael Nelson has joined OC’s Stockholm office from the specialist TMC boutique Time Danowsky.

In the UK, the company has hired two technology and life sciences-focused partners for its reading office, Rob Hayes and Justin Starling, of Penningtons Manches Cooper. OC International General Manager Simon Beswick commented: ‘Many of our customers are facing big changes in the next five years and we want to make sure our people support them locally and in the markets that are most important to their business develop. ‘

Elsewhere in the UK, Scotland-based Shepherd and Wedderburn has made significant investments in private clients and hired a team of 20 from Dentons to create one of the largest private client practices in Scotland. The incoming team, primarily based in Glasgow and led by partners Eleanor Kerr and Alexis Graham, will expand Shepherd and Wedderburn’s private client team to 46.

Kerr described the combination of “two established, heavyweight consumer practices” as a “game changer.” She added that this creates “new and exciting opportunities for our customers and for us”.

Forsters has engaged the partners Robert Barham and Charles Miéville from Cripps Pemberton Greenish in an important step for the wealthy London consulting market. Her arrival creates a wealthy residential real estate team of six partners and 30 attorneys that Forsters claims will be the largest in London. Lucy Barber, partner and head of residential real estate at Forsters, said the move “puts us firmly in the top group of law firms advising clients on high-quality transactions”.

Squire Patton Boggs has added a corporate partner in Fergus Gallagher to its London bank. Gallagher joins from McDermott Will & Emery and advises on domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and initial public offerings.

Also in London, partners Iain Morpeth and Michael Wistow left Ropes & Gray and White & Case to set up a new private equity practice at McCarthy Denning. McCarthy Denning is a growing, full-service company founded in 2013 with a flat operating structure and no overheads similar to the Keystone Law model.

Cooley also hired a key in the city, hiring Guadalupe Sampedro as Bird & Bird’s privacy partner. Sampedro has in-house experience following a stint as data protection officer and data protection director for PayPal EU for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

RPC has continued to expand in as many weeks with its third hiring of Side Partners. Corporate partner Connor Cahalane came from Latham & Watkins. Karen Hendy, RPC General Manager, said, “Many of our customers are publicly traded, want to raise funds or otherwise get involved in public market activities. Assistance with transactions and navigating through the various regulatory systems is crucial. Connor has extensive experience in general public company work. ‘

Despite the departure of partners in Europe, BCLP has strengthened its presence in Hong Kong with the appointment of partner Wayne Ma, who comes from DLA Piper. A real estate specialist with a transactional propensity, Ma marks the tenth lateral stance added to the company’s global real estate practice over the past year.

Kennedys has made a number of hires in the United States, including a partner in Miami and two in Philadelphia. Insurance partner Eric Hiller joins Clyde & Co in Miami and has experience advising US and international insurers on insurance issues. Sean Mahoney and Joshua Mooney both join the local Philadelphia firm White and Williams as partners. Mahoney is a seasoned insurance attorney while Mooney is a data protection specialist.

In addition to the start in the Netherlands, Pinsents has expanded its Australian office in Perth to include an infrastructure partner. David Ulbrick comes from the Australian company HWL Ebsworth and will focus on international and national construction disputes.

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