The latest private practice and in-house moves from some of the biggest players on the legal market from the
11th January until the 17th January 2018.


Germany – Frankfurt


White & Case LLP has strengthened its Global Banking Practice with the addition of Mattias von Buttlar as a partner in the Firm’s Frankfurt office. Von Buttlar joins White & Case from Clifford Chance. Von Buttlar is focused on banking and finance, representing lenders and borrowers in national and cross-border financing of acquisitions, corporate loans and restructurings including structuring of transactions and all aspects of legal transaction management. In particular, he focuses on these activities in a variety of industries including financial institutions, consumer products, private equity, technology and telecommunications.

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



Hungary – Budapest


Bird & Bird will welcome two partners (David Dederick and Konrád Siegler), three senior counsel (Pál Szabó, Ferenc Mátrai and László Nanyista) and a team of 15 lawyers to the firm’s Budapest office on 1 February, providing a significant and strategic boost to the firm’s Hungarian offering. 

David Dederick has been practising in Central and Eastern Europe for more than 25 years, specialising in cross-border M&A, private equity and real estate matters. The current Managing Partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Budapest office, David joins Bird & Bird as Co-Head of Budapest, alongside existing head, Peter Knight. David has been consistently ranked and recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. His clients fall predominantly into the Tech & Comms, Energy & Utilities, and Life Sciences & Healthcare sectors.

Konrád Siegler has also been practising for more than 25 years. He specialises in banking & finance and capital markets transactions, and also has considerable experience in M&A, privatisations, bankruptcy & restructuring matters and general corporate and commercial law. He has represented Hungarian and international banks (as well as other borrowers) in numerous project finance and syndicated lending transactions. He has also advised on regulatory matters in connection with several bank sale, purchase and merger transactions. He is regularly ranked as one of Hungary’s leading banking and capital markets lawyers. 

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



Italy – Milan


K&L Gates LLP welcomes Luca Sommariva into its Milan office as a partner in its construction and infrastructure practice. He joins the firm from Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners. Sommariva focuses his practice on domestic and international construction projects, advising employers, engineers/architects, contractors, and sub-contractors in negotiating and drafting a broad variety of construction-related contracts, managing claims during the performance of the work, and representing clients in highly complex disputes including contractual, corporate, and bankruptcy litigation. A visiting lecturer with the University of Stuttgart Master of Business Engineer program International Construction: Practice and Law, Sommariva speaks Italian, English, and French and also will spend a significant amount of time at the firm’s London office.

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



Japan – Tokyo


DLA Piper to announce the expansion its leading Finance & Projects and Corporate teams with the appointment of two new partners in the Tokyo office. Kaoru Umino will lead the Finance & Projects practice and Dan Matsuda will lead the Energy sector within Tokyo’s Corporate practice. 

Kaoru Umino has over 25 years of experience advising on complex cross-border finance and corporate transactions in New York and Tokyo. Her wealth of private practice experience includes advising non-Japanese clients in connection with their proposed investments in renewable energy projects in Japan, and advising the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) on export finance, overseas investment, and project finance transactions in Asia and the Americas.

Dan Matsuda is a corporate lawyer with almost two decades of experience advising on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, manufacturing and distributorship structures, and real estate transactions and investments. His experience spans securities regulations, commercial disputes and general corporate matters, covering a broad range of sectors including chemical, energy, technology and automotive industries.

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



South Africa – Johannesburg


White & Case LLP has strengthened its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the additions in Johannesburg of Gary Felthun as a partner, and Craig Atkinson as a local partner. 

Felthun, who joins the Firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, is focused on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He advises a range of listed and private clients, including prominent mining organisations, corporates and private equity firms, on both international and domestic transactions, and in recent years has acted on many of the leading and most high profile mining, private equity and healthcare deals involving South Africa. Felthun joins White & Case from one of Africa’s largest law firms, ENSafrica, where he was head of one of the largest teams in the corporate/commercial department and a director (the ENSafrica equivalent to partner) from 2010, and brings more than 14 years of experience.

Atkinson, who also joins the Firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, has a broad practice focused primarily on private equity, resources, mining and telecommunications. He advises listed and private corporate clients as well as local and international investment banks on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, restructurings, takeovers, corporate finance, capital raisings, black economic empowerment transactions and listings. Atkinson joins from ENSafrica, where he was a director from 2013, and has more than ten years of experience.

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



UK – London


Latham & Watkins announced Jon Holland and Andrea Monks will join the London office as partners in the Litigation & Trial Department. Holland and Monks are experienced and respected litigators, with notable track records advising retail and investment banks, asset managers, and other financial institutions in a number of landmark disputes and contentious regulatory matters. 

Holland has more than 20 years’ experience advising banks and other financial institutions on a variety of high-profile disputes before the courts. In addition he has acted on numerous headline investigations including LIBOR, FX, and precious metals. He has also appeared regularly before major international authorities in the UK, US and across Europe.

Monks has vast expertise advising financial institutions on a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes. She has particular experience with contentious regulatory investigations, and she regularly counsels banks, corporates and other bodies in the regulated sector on their anti-money laundering obligations. Monks also practices general commercial litigation and has experience of contract disputes, fraud and asset-tracing, joint venture and supply chain disputes, and aviation disputes.

The original press release can be found here on Latham & Watkins’ website.



UK – London


Bird & Bird today strengthens its hotel, hospitality and leisure offering with the appointment of Karen Friebe as a Real Estate partner in London. Karen joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and will play a key part in building the firm’s hotel, hospitality and leisure practice. Karen advises clients on the acquisition, development, disposal and management of all types of hotel, from budget to luxury, and in dealings with other types of property in the wider hospitality and leisure sector.

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