The latest private practice and in-house moves from some of the biggest players on the legal market from the
4th January until the 10th January 2018.



Noerr has appointed five new equity partners as of 1 January 2018. Meike von Levetzow, Annette Pospich, Marlies Raschke, Bärbel Sachs and Ralph Schilha were admitted to the partnership. 

Meike von Levetzow, lawyer in Berlin. Meike, a specialist in complex civil, commercial and company law disputes as well as cartel damage claims, represents national and international clients in arbitration proceedings and before national courts. Her work focuses on the energy/renewable energy, retail and financial services industries.

Annette Pospich, lawyer in Munich/Düsseldorf. Annette is Co-Head of the Real Estate Investment Group and advises national and international clients on their investments. She predominantly advises on real estate transactions in the retail, office and hotel sectors. Not only an expert in transaction structuring, she also specialises in the legal optimisation of existing portfolios.

Marlies Raschke, lawyer in Dresden. Marlies, an insolvency law specialist, advises on restructuring and insolvency issues, as well as on complex M&A transactions. Her national and international clients in particular include investors and insolvency administrators.

Dr Bärbel Sachs, lawyer in Berlin. Bärbel is an expert in German and international foreign trade, including export control, investment, customs, embargo and financial sanctions law. She advises national and international clients on internal trade compliance programmes as well as examining complex issues from the past and assists companies with investment reviews before the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. 

Dr Ralph Schilha, lawyer in Munich. Ralph is a company law expert and advises national and international corporate groups and large family businesses on stock corporation, corporate group and capital markets law, as well as on annual general meetings. His work also focuses on complex restructurings and corporate governance, capital markets compliance and corporate co-determination issues.

The original press release can be found here on Noerr’s website.


Peru – Lima

Garrigues has bolstered its Lima office with the incorporation of a team of five highly-regarded lawyers to establish its litigation and arbitration practice in Peru. The team, joining from Benites, Forno & Ugaz, is led by Hugo Forno and Melissa Núñez. Both professionals have been recognized by the main international legal directories in the course of their respective careers.

Hugo Forno, with more than thirty years’ experience in business law, was a founding partner of his previous law firm. Throughout his career, he has acted as arbitrator in numerous proceedings and held several positions, such as secretary general of the National Foreign Investment and Technologies Commission (CONITE), the Consumer Protection Commission of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) and advisor to several commissions for the reform of the Peruvian Civil Code.

Melissa Núñez has extensive professional litigation experience, with a particular emphasis in construction matters, having spent the last 5 years as the lead partner of the civil litigation practice at her previous firm.

The original press release can be found here on Garrigues’ website.


USA – New York

Allen & Overy announced that, Andrew Rhys Davies, a former partner in the firm’s litigation practice, has returned to the firm following two years of public service. Mr. Davies left Allen & Overy in 2016 to serve as Assistant Solicitor General for the Office of the New York Attorney General, representing the State of New York and its agencies in appellate litigation. Mr. Davies rejoins Allen & Overy’s New York office as a partner in the litigation practice. On his return, Mr. Davies will focus on representing clients in trial and appellate litigation and regulatory investigations, with an emphasis on securities and financial services.

The original press release can be found here on Allen & Overy’s website.


USA – New York

Clifford Chance today announced that the former General Counsel of the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) and Chief of the Criminal Division for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”), Celeste Koeleveld, has joined the Firm as a partner in its Americas Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Koeleveld’s arrival further strengthens Clifford Chance’s US information security and technology law offerings. She joins Dan Silver, who joined the Firm in 2016 after serving as Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section within the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, as well as Washington, DC partner Megan Gordon, who advises Fortune 100 companies on cyber-related issues.

The original press release can be found here on Clifford Chance’s website.