The Churn

September 30, 2008 5:28 PM

THE CHURN: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Posted by Ed Shanahan

Allen & Overy has announced that New York project finance partner and cohead of the Latin American practice Robert Kartheiser and senior counsel Bruno Soares will spearhead the firm's new office in São Paolo. According to a firm statement about the office opening, "a number of senior associates on the ground locally support Bob and Bruno, and other Allen & Overy attorneys active in the Brazilian market around the firm's global network." Kartheiser, as his bio notes, has worked for 18 years on financings and infrastructure in developed economies and in Russia, Latin America, and the Middle East, representing lenders and equity investors. He cites "a clear, client-driven need to open in São Paulo." The new office will undertake all areas of corporate finance work, including infrastructure and projects, general banking and funds advisory work, M&A, and capital markets activity. The firm has been active in Brazil and Latin America for years.

Bell, Boyd & Lloyd has brought on Mary C. "Molly" Moynihan as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Moynihan, most recently the general counsel of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, will join the firm's investment management and financial markets group, counseling investment companies and mutual fund boards of directors.

DLA Piper has hired Karl Tabbakh as a partner in the corporate practice. Tabbakh, who is fluent in Arabic, English, and French, will join the Abu Dhabi office. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Tabbakh was a partner in the business law group at Canadian firm McCarthy Tétrault. He has advised financial institutions, public and private corporates, and government agencies in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa on a range of corporate matters.

Duane Morris welcomes Preston Delashmit and Robert Lesser as partners in the firm's Atlanta office. The two, both former partners at Schiff Hardin, are joining the firm's corporate practice group. Delashmit and Lesser together handle transactions involving leveraged employee stock ownership plans.

Sonya Olds Som has joined Dykema as of counsel in the firm's employment practice group. She joins the firm's Chicago office. Som, previously head of the immigration practice group at Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin & Tominberg, advises small to large individual and business clients on a range of corporate immigration-related matters.

Hogan & Hartson has added Olga Boltenko to the firm's London office as a tax counsel, focusing on U.K., Russian, and international tax matters. Boltenko has substantial experience providing a broad range of tax advice to companies on all stages of transactions. She joins the firm from Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Business litigator Manjit Gill has joined Gunster Yoakley as a partner in the firm's Miami office. Gill has extensive experience in international business dispute.

Morgan Lewis has boosted its Houston office with the recent addition of two lawyers. Allyson Ho, a former clerk to Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, joins the firm's Supreme Court and appellate practice as a partner. Ho, most recently a partner at Baker Botts, has successfully litigated trial and appellate matters in state and federal courts on a range of issues. Sandra L. Phillips, a former senior vice president and associate general counsel at Pfizer, joins the litigation practice as counsel. Phillips will focus her practice on complex litigation management and strategy.

Morrison & Foerster last week named litigation partner Daniel Westman as the first managing partner of its Northern Virginia office, according to a report in Am Law Daily sibling publication Legal Times. "Westman says the move reflects the growing strategic importance of the office and its intellectual property practice...Westman, cochair of the employment and labor group, aims to 'keep the office on its growth trajectory, focusing on our core areas of IP and trials,'" according to the report.

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky, & Walker has brought on Stephen Kinnaird as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Kinnaird, an appellate specialist, will cochair the firm's Supreme Court and appellate group; he formerly was a partner in the D.C. office of Sidley Austin. Kinnaird told Legal Times that he left Sidley after 12 years because of the opportunity at Paul Hastings to help lead his own practice. "Sidley was terrific, but this was a chance to build something of my own."

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