The latest private practice and in-house moves from some of the biggest players on the legal market from the 5th of October until the 11th of October 2017.


Canada, Montreal

Dentons is pleased to announce that Vitale Santoro has returned to the Firm as a partner in the Corporate group. Based in our Montréal office, he joins a high-calibre team of more than 100 practicing lawyers, consultants, paralegals and employees, all of whom are dedicated to delivering quality, value and innovation to our clients, while offering unparalleled knowledge and experience at the local level, as well as on a global scale, in a range of practice groups.

Vitale’s practice focuses on domestic and international matters in critical areas of corporate law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, governance, project finance, private equity, real estate and corporate reorganizations. Vitale has been recognized as a leading lawyer by a variety of industry publications including IFLR 2017, Best Lawyers and Lexpert. In addition, he was named one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars early on in his career.

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


Germany, Frankfurt

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is pleased to announce Dr. Benedikt Gillessen has joined as partner in the Frankfurt office. His appointment will further enhance the firm’s capital market practice in Frankfurt. Dr. Gillessen specialises in the area of equity capital markets (ECM).   

Dr. Benedikt Gillessen’s has long-standing experience in the area of equity capital markets, which also comprises corporate-law advice primarily for listed public limited companies. He has more than 15 years of experience in advising national and international issuers and investment banks in connection with initial public offerings, capital increases, convertible bonds, public takeovers, delistings and similar capital market transactions involving complex cross-border structures.

The original press release can be found here on Norton Rose Fulbright ‘s website.


Hungary, Budapest

István Pozsgay has joined the Insurance practice of CMS as Of Counsel, effective from 2nd of October.

István brings over 20 years of experience working as a commercial, transactional and regulatory legal professional in multinational corporate environment at US-based insurance companies in Hungary. Before joining CMS, István was Head of Legal and Data Protection Officer at MetLife Hungary and General Counsel and Compliance Officer at AIG/ALICO Hungary, where he also gained robust experience in compliance and data protection matters.

The original press release can be found here on CMS ‘ website.


South Korea, Seoul

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its international arbitration capabilities in Asia-Pacific with the arrival of new partner Jun Hee Kim, who will join the Seoul office.

“Jun Hee is a distinguished lawyer with considerable experience of international arbitration, and is well known and respected in the Korean market,” said White & Case’s Global Head of International Arbitration, Paul Friedland. “Korea is a growing market in international arbitration, and this move solidifies our position as the world’s top arbitration practice.”

Kim arrives from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, where he was International General Counsel & Executive Vice President. His arrival supports the Firm’s 2020 strategy focus on growth in disputes and he joins the Global International Arbitration Practice and the existing Asia-Pacific arbitration team, with lawyers based in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore. Kim brings broad experience advising on international arbitrations in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America, as well as advising clients in the construction, engineering, intellectual property, technology and shipping sectors. He will be based in Seoul following approval as a Foreign Legal Consultant from the Korean Ministry of Justice.

The original press release can be found here on White & Case LLP ‘s website.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its capital markets capabilities in the Middle East with the addition of Sami Al-Louzi, who was previously with White & Case in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi between 2002 and 2010, as a partner in Dubai. Al-Louzi will divide his time between Dubai and Riyadh.

The original press release can be found here on White & Case LLP ‘s website.


Australia, Melbourne

Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has bolstered its labor, employment and workplace safety team with the appointment of Steven Amendola as a partner in the firm’s Melbourne office. Amendola joins K&L Gates from Ashurst.

With 35 years of experience working as a workplace relations and employment lawyer, Amendola is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading practitioners in industrial relations. He acts for both Commonwealth Government and private sector clients in a range of industry sectors and has been involved in a number of high-profile matters such as the national waterfront dispute and test cases relating to issues such as right of entry, bargaining fees, and industrial action.

Amendola has a particular focus on assisting clients with the enforcement and freedom of association provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, key provisions dealing with collective agreement making, and various discrimination issues

The original press release can be found here on K&L Gates’ website.