people-on-the-move-350x225Baker & McKenzie announced that Steven Schneider joined its North American Tax Practice as a partner in Washington D.C., bringing more than 20 years of experience in transactional and tax controversy matters, with a particular focus on partnerships, REITs, S corporations, real estate, private equity and inbound foreign investment.

DLA Piper appointed Madrid-based corporate partner, Juan Picon, as Senior Partner and Global Co-Chairman as of May 1. Picon joined the firm as Country Managing Partner for Spain in February 2006 from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. In 2007 he became International Group Head for Corporate, joined the Executive in 2012 as Joint Managing Director, Groups & Sectors and was most recently appointed as Joint Managing Director, Europe and Middle East in 2014. Picon is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Latin American practice alongside Bob Gruendel.

K&L Gates added Peter J. Shea as a partner in the firm’s investment management, hedge funds and alternative investments practice. Shea joined K&L Gates from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Shea advises on matters involving fund formation, registration, and compliance; broker-dealer requirements; the creation and operations of hedge funds, distressed asset funds, and other private investment vehicles; public and private debt equity offerings; and the formation and financing of start-up companies.

Mayer Brown announced that Frank Monaco joined the firm as a partner in its global Corporate & Securities practice and Insurance Industry Group in New York. Monaco represents insurance and reinsurance companies, investment banks, financial buyers and rating agencies on a broad range of transactions.

White & Case announced the arrival of Andrew Kreisberg to its New York office as a partner in its Global Tax Practice. Kreisberg will work closely with the firm’s Global Investment Funds Group and the Global Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Practice, advising clients on various tax-related matters. Kreisberg is substantially experienced with respect to fund formation tax issues, as well as representing fund sponsors and sovereign and non-sovereign foreign, US tax-exempt and other fund investors, according to the firm.

White & Case also expanded its consumer financial services and FinTech capabilities with the arrival of Ben Saul as a partner in its Washington, DC office. These capabilities are an integral part of the firm’s financial institutions advisory (FIA) practice, according to the firm. Saul has extensive experience representing clients in matters involving the CFPB, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal and state banking authorities and state attorneys general.