sergiu leon rusSome of the latest in house & private practice moves from some of the biggest players in the European markets.

Private Practice

Baker McKenzie welcomes three new partners to their team in Amsterdam. Henk Arnold Sijnja, Casper Banz and Mohammed Almarini. Sijnja specializes in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and initial public offerings. Banz and Almarini both advise strategic and private equity investors on private M&A.

Clifford Chance appoints new partner Victoria Bortkevicha to their office in Moscow. Bortkevicha specializes in Russian corporate banking transactions and banking entities, real estate financing transactions and aircraft finance, she will be taking over the role from Logan Wright.

Gide introduces Frédérique Misk-Malher as new secretary general to their office in France. Misk-Malher will be responsible for the financial report division, supporting the executive committee and implementing the firms’ development policy.

Noerr hires new equity partner Lars Kutzner to their office in Frankfurt. Kutzner will be advising on criminal law matters as well further develop tax compliance and international compliance and the development of the cross-border business.

Pinsent Masons expands their energy team with the hiring of Paul McGoldrick as oil and gas projects specialist. McGoldrick gained experience in project development, corporate and asset acquisitions and disposals as well as marketing and sales.

Schoenherr announces the promotion of Thomas Kulnigg to Partner in their Vienna Office where he is currently situated. Kulnigg will be advising clients from IT, technology, industrial and financial sectors on their national and international transactions.

CMS Cameron McKenna welcomes Wojciech Koczara as new head of the firm’s real estate practice in Poland, Koczara succeeds Gábor Czike and has gained previous experience in real estate legal advice and transactions in logistics, office, retail and leisure sectors.

Berwin Leighton Paisner has elected Lisa Mayhew as Managing Partner; she was previously responsible for advising major banks and international corporate clients and will continue her ambition to drive positive change within the company’s management across the globe.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has named Scott Nehs as general counsel; he will be leading all BCBSA legal staff, as well as five deputy general counsel. He works with outside law firms that have specialized knowledge on key practice areas.