The Churn

January 16, 2009 6:30 PM

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

Posted by Ed Shanahan

Nixon Peabody has recruited as its China practice chair a former general counsel of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). Henry Liu, who will be based in Nixon Peabody's Manhattan office and travel frequently to China, served as the CSRC's top lawyer from 1995 to 2000. He was instrumental in drafting China's first national securities law in 1998. Liu was most recently of counsel at now-defunct Heller Ehrman, which he joined in 2006. During his time at Heller, he also was a managing director of HankPacific Group, a banking and advisory firm focusing on China. Liu has also done investment banking stints at the former Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse. Rochester, N.Y.-founded Nixon Peabody opened a Shanghai office in March 2008.

--Anthony Lin

In other Churn news...

Greenberg Traurig has introduced a number of new faces in the past week. Three new partners--Stephan Mallenbaum, Conrad Everhard, and Sean Hayes--have joined the firm's corporate and securities practice, resident in the New York office. All three join from K&L Gates, where they were partners.

GT's New Jersey office also picked up three new lawyers. Beverly W. Lubit joins as a partner in the IP and technology practice while Charles R. Berman and Timothy A. Kalas join the corporate and securities practice as of counsel. Lubit, who was an associate in Greenberg Traurig's New York and New Jersey offices from 2001 to 2004, rejoins the firm from WolfBlock, where she was a partner. Berman and Kalas both were previously at Thacher, Proffitt & Wood.

Finally, Nathan A. Haynes joins GT as a partner in the firm's business reorganization and bankruptcy practice. Haynes was previously with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he was recently elected to partner. He follows in the footsteps of Bruce Zirinsky, former cochair of Cadwalader's bankruptcy practice, who, as reported in The Am Law Daily last week, also is joining GT.

Two years after K&L Gates opened an office in Berlin, the firm is expanding its German footprint with the establishment of a Frankfurt office. Mathias Schulze Steinen and Frank Thomas both join the firm as partners, by way of Simmons & Simmons, and will be resident in the new office. The firm now has 40 attorneys in Germany.

Coral Gables-based Rasco Reininger Perez Esquenazi & Vigil has added two new name partners--Joseph Klock and Gabriel Nieto. The firm will be renamed Rasco, Klock, Reininger, Perez, Esquenazi, Vigil & Nieto. A prominent South Florida litigator, Klock was formerly a partner in the Miami office of Epstein Becker & Green. He played a key role in the legal battles surrounding the presidential election in 2000, in which he successfully represented then-Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Klock brings with him Nieto, who was previously a partner at Berger Singerman. Klock told The Daily Business Review, a sibling publication of The Am Law Daily, that his departure from Epstein Becker was prompted by conflicts that prevented him from developing new business.

Meanwhile, over in Scandinavia...

Legal Week, a sibling publication to The Am Law Daily, reports that Sweden’s Lindahl has confirmed a merger with 40-lawyer Rydin Carlsten. The combined firm, to be known as Lindahl, will number 200 lawyers and will move closer to Sweden's market leaders, Vinge and Mannheimer Swartling. Read the full Legal Week report here, including news on moves at Vinge and Finland's Roschier.

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