People and firms

Swedish boutique hires Baker McKenzie practice head

Swedish boutique Westerberg & Partners has hired Stefan Bessman from Baker McKenzie, where he led the Stockholm disputes team.

24 May 2021

Debevoise names new practice leaders

Catherine Amirfar and Mark Friedman have been named as the new co-chairs of the international disputes group at Debevoise & Plimpton, taking over from Donald Donovan and David W Rivkin, who led the team for more than two decades.

20 May 2021

Howard Kennedy hires India practice head in London

Arish Bharucha has left disputes boutique Cooke Young & Keidan to join the partnership at another London firm, Howard Kennedy, where he will head its India practice.

19 May 2021

New partners at Ashurst

Corporate and commercial law disputes specialist Judith Sawang has left Frankfurt-based boutique Wendelstein to join the partnership at Ashurst – which has also promoted two new partners in London and Singapore.

18 May 2021

McDermott builds in London with partner hire

Michael Darowski has joined the partnership at McDermott Will & Emery in London after four years at Gowling WLG, bringing experience acting in a multibillion-dollar dispute with Iran’s national oil company.

17 May 2021

Quinn Emanuel opens in Miami

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has launched a new office in Miami with a ten-lawyer team including David Orta, chair of the firm’s US and Latin America international arbitration practices, who has relocated from Washington, DC.

13 May 2021

Curtis opens in Brussels

Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle partner Simon Batifort will relocate from New York to Brussels to establish a new office for the firm “in the capital of Europe”.

12 May 2021

CMS promotes in Germany and Hong Kong

CMS has promoted Tom Christopher Pröstler to partner and Evgenia Peiffer and Philipp Pohlmann to counsel in Germany and Hong Kong.

12 May 2021

Dentons Germany head joins Jones Day

Amy Kläsener has left her role as Dentons’ head of arbitration in Germany to join Jones Day in Frankfurt.

11 May 2021

DLA promotes and hires in three cities

DLA Piper has promoted Kiera Gans in New York and Cameron Scholes in Sydney to the partnership – while Zach Song has joined as of counsel in Singapore from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang.

11 May 2021

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