The Churn

January 31, 2012 4:59 PM

The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200

Posted by Sara Randazzo

Hughes Hubbard & Reed's Paris office is getting a boost from a ten-lawyer lateral group from SNR Denton. The new hires include partners SENA AGBAYISSAH, ALAIN VINCENT, and STEFAN NAUMANN, along with seven associates. Collectively, the group adds expertise in banking and finance, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, competition, and intellectual property work.

Agbayissah led SNR Denton's Paris office, which is left with one partner and six total attorneys, according to the SNR Denton Web site (a spokeswoman for the firm did not return requests for comment Tuesday). A finance attorney, Agbayissah started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. Vincent focuses on M&A, joint ventures, corporate, and commercial law. Naumann, who led SNR Denton's technology, media, and telecommuniations practice, litigates and advises on patent, trademark, copyright, and image and design rights.

The group brings Hughes Hubbard's attorney head count in the firm's 46-year-old Paris office to nearly 30.

In other Churn news . . .

Akerman Senterfitt has created a lodging and lifestyle practice centered around new hires of shareholder ANDREW ROBINS, shareholder MICHELLE OMS, and one associate. The group, which joins from Proskauer Rose, represent owners, operators, and developers of hotels, resorts, and mixed-use real estate developments in the U.S., Caribbean, and other parts of Latin America.

The New York office of Blank Rome welcomes ERIC SIMONSON as a partner. Simonson, previously with K&L Gates, practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance, technology transactions, and general business and corporate law.

Brown Rudnick has hired MARK FAWER from Dickstein Shapiro to be a partner in its New York office and to head of the real estate group there. Fawer counsels such clients as real estate developers, funds, real estate investment trusts, and investors on real estate transactions and the financing of such deals.

DANISH HAMID has moved his practice from Winston & Strawn to Cooley in Washington, D.C. Hamid advises clients on international business transactions, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anticorruption laws, and internal investigations.

Crowell & Moring's capabilities in generic pharmaceutical patent work are getting a boost with the arrival of partner MARK JANSEN in San Francisco, and partner CEDRIC TAN, senior counsel NEIL MCCARTHY, and counsel KRISTIN COOKLIN in Washington, D.C. Jansen, Tan, and Cooklin join from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; McCarthy was a solo practitioner. The four represent generic pharmaceutical makers and other clients in patent disputes and provide counsel on matters arising from, among other things, the Hatch-Waxman Act.

Dinsmore & Shohl's newest partner is KAREN GAUNT, a lateral hire in Cincinnati from intellectual property boutique Wood Herron & Evans. Gaunt, an intellectual property attorney who handles both transactional and litigation matters, is now the director of the firm's trademark, copyright, and brand strategies group.

Edwards Wildman Palmer has hired BARRY LEIGH WEISSMAN from SNR Denton as a partner in its Los Angeles office. Weissman represents insurance and reinsurance companies in regulatory and transactional services, reinsurance disputes, and litigation.

HARDEEP PLAHE, a corporate lawyer in Dubai, has moved his practice from Linklaters to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Plahe, who joins Gibson, Dunn as a partner, advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and financial regulation issues.

In Dubai, Jones Day has grabbed DUANE KEIGHRAN and a senior associate from Simmons & Simmons. Keighran is a real estate and project development lawyer who works on projects across the Middle East and North Africa, representing government-related entities, developers, contractors, and investors.

AMY CONWAY-HATCHER has left Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to be a partner in Kaye Scholer's Washington, D.C., office. Conway-Hatcher, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, joins the firm's white-collar litigation and internal investigations group. She is experienced in government and internal investigations, particularly those related to advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, and health care fraud.

Latham & Watkins has hired COURTENAY MYERS LIMA from Davis Polk & Wardwell. A corporate partner in the New York office, Lima advises financial institutions on public and private capital markets offerings, regulatory matters, and corporate governance.

Miller & Chevalier has lost a tax partner in Washington, D.C., to McDermott Will & Emery. DWIGHT MERSEREAU, who previously worked at the Internal Revenue Service, joins McDermott as a partner. He represents multinational corporate clients in tax policy, planning, and controversy matters. He often represents clients before Congress, the Treasury, and the IRS.

Perkins Coie has added two more attorneys to its roster. The new arrivals are NICHOLAS MILANO, who joins as of counsel for the firm's investment management practice in Washington, D.C., and JEAN-JACQUES CABOU, who joins as a partner in the investigations and white-collar defense practice in Phoenix. Milano last worked as deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer at Legg Mason Capital Management. Cabou, previously with Osborn Maledon, focuses his practice on criminal defense and responding to government investigations.

The New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman now counts ANTHONY SCHOUTEN and JEFFREY STERN, formerly with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, as partners. The pair have practices that cover securitization, derivatives, commodities, and cross-border structure financings.

Litigator and former assistant U.S. attorney FRANK BURKE has jumped from Steptoe & Johnson, where he led the firm's securities litigation and enforcement practice group, to Seyfarth Shaw. Burke, a partner in the Los Angeles office, specializes in complex civil and criminal litigation in such areas as securities, commercial and real estate, mergers and acquisitions, professional malpractice, and white-collar criminal defense.

Steptoe & Johnson's Washington, D.C, office, meanwhile, has expanded by two with the hires of antitrust partners EDWARD SCHWARTZ and ANDREW LEE. Schwartz joins from Shearman & Sterling, where he was also a partner. He represents clients in antitrust and other complex litigation, as well as in merger, cartel, and other nonmerger antitrust investigations conducted by regulators. Lee, who will help expand Steptoe's Korea practice, was a senior associate at White & Case.

BRENDA TRANCHIDA has left a position as senior official in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to be of counsel in Venable's Washington, D.C, and Baltimore offices. Tranchida, who started her career as an associate at Venable before going into the public sector, will advise on health care compliance matters.

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has a new four-member group in Miami from Anania Baumgartner & Torricella, which disbanded after that firm's founder retired. The new hires are partners MAURICE BAUMGARTEN and ROBERTO TORRICELLA and two associates. The group handles litigation and transactions related to the aviation industry, as well as other civil and commercial litigation.

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