Linklaters appoints Moscow disputes head with HSF hire

Linklaters has hired Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Vladimir Melnikov in Moscow as part of its global disputes expansion drive.

Melnikov joins the firm today (25 September) as Moscow disputes head from HSF, where he had been a partner since 2012.

His arrival will take Linklaters’ partner count in Moscow, its sole base in Russia, to 11, according to the firm’s website.

Melnikov’s experience includes advising Russian and international private and state-owned banks and corporates on cross-border litigation and arbitration, bankruptcy and asset recovery matters as well as regulatory investigations.

Linklaters Russia managing partner Dmitry Dobatkin: “The strengthening of our dispute resolution offering is one of the strategic development priorities for Linklaters’ Russian and CIS practice. We are confident that under Vladimir Melnikov’s leadership our dispute resolution practice will step up to a new level allowing us to protect the interests of our clients even more effectively.”

Speaking to Legal Week in March, Linklaters disputes head Michael Bennet said that he had been given a “mandate to grow” the disputes practice, which currently accounts for about 10% of the firm’s total partnership.

In addition to Moscow he identified Milan, Amsterdam, Stockholm and Lisbon as likely locations for further recruitment.

Hires for the firm’s disputes practice this year include Washington DC partners Doug Davison and Matt Axelrod, who joined from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and the US Department of Justice respectively, and Goldman Sachs managing director Susana Cao Miranda, who joined as a partner in London.

A spokesperson for HSF said: ”We can confirm that Vladimir Melnikov has retired from the partnership. We thank him for his contribution to the firm and wish him well for the future.”

HSF has eight remaining partners in Russia’s capital.

HSF has been a fruitful recruiting ground for Linklaters in the past. Previous laterals include arbitration partner Matthew Weiniger QC in 2015, Hong Kong disputes partner Gavin Lewis in 2013 and City financial regulatory partners Nikunj Kiri and Martyn Hopper, who also joined in 2013.



PwC Legal adds two partners in Singapore

PwC Legal has hired two partners from Ashurst and Taylor Vinters to join its Singapore office.

Finance and restructuring partner Carl Dunton and technology partner Henry Goodwin have both joined PwC Legal International, which was launched in December 2016 as a foreign law practice in Singapore, has grown its partner number with two new lateral hires.

Dunton was previously a partner of Ashurst’s Singapore office and had also practised at White & Case and Linklaters as an associate prior to his nine-year career with Ashurst. His practice focuses on banking, finance and restructuring. Following the departure of a raft of Singapore partners in recent months, Ashurst completed its formal law alliance (FLA) with Singapore firm ADTLaw.

Goodwin was formerly the head of UK firm Taylor Vinters’ Singapore office. He is experienced in advising clients in the TMT sector on venture capital, M&A and commercial sourcing transactions. At the same time as his departure, Taylor Vinters acquired a stake in Singapore IP and TMT boutique firm Via Law Corporation as the new platform for its growth in Singapore.

The latest additions means PwC Legal International now has four partners in Singapore. In September 2016, the accountancy giant hired Ashurst corporate partner Keith McGuire and Norton Rose Fulbright real estate partner Natalie Breen in Singapore as its first step to launch its first base in the city-state.

In March 2017, PwC’s legal network expanded again with the hire of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partner David Tiang and O’Melveny & Myers partner Gigi Woo in Hong Kong. The two corporate partners have set up a local Hong Kong firm named Tiang & Co, which has entered into an association with PwC Legal International, the newly set up Singapore foreign law practice.

“The growth of our business is reflective of the rising market demand we are seeing in Asia and elsewhere for cross-territory integrated business solutions. I am confident that their extensive experience and expertise will further enhance the value we strive to bring to new and existing clients of the PwC network of firms,” said Tim Blue, PwC Legal’s Asia foreign legal practice leader based in Sydney. Blue was previously the managing partner of KWM.

PwC Legal also works with local firm Camford Law, which joined PwC’s global network in August 2014.



Clifford Chance names new Germany PE head

Clifford Chance has named co-head of corporate Anselm Raddatz as its new head of private equity in Germany.

It is understood that the appointment was made following the retirement of former PE head Christopher Kellett earlier this year.

Raddatz will continue as co-head of corporate with Thomas Krecek. Both will remain based at the firm’s Düsseldorf offices.

A Clifford Chance spokesperson said the appointment was a “natural move” after an impressive time with the firm since joining from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in October 2015.

Raddatz has advised clients including SCA and Fresenius Kabi on deals totalling more than €4bn.

His appointment bucked Clifford Chance Germany’s trend of losing high-profile partners to rivals Latham & Watkins, Pinsent Masons and White & Case.

At the time, Kellett said: “Anselm Raddatz is an outstanding addition to our German private equity practice. The private equity market and our client base are evolving rapidly, opening up new opportunities for us where Anselm will play an important role in helping strengthen and expand our leading position in the German market.”


EY Law appoints Japan managing partner from Freshfields

EY Law has hired Junzaburo Kiuchi as managing partner in Japan from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Tokyo office. Kiuchi’s practice covers M&A, private equity, restructuring and general corporate matters.


He has broad experience in capital markets, acting for Japanese clients on secondary listings and offerings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Kiuchi joined Freshfields in 2000, starting as an associate, moving on to a senior counsel role and then becoming a partner in 2007.EY Law also recently added Kelly Ho to Lin and Associates. Its member firm in Hong Kong, to lead the corporate and capital market teams.


Osborne Clarke hires Addleshaws incentives head

Addleshaw Goddard employment incentives head Michael Carter has left the firm for Osborne Clarke.


Carter joined Addleshaws as a partner in 2008 from KPMG, where he worked for 12 years, also leading the accountant’s executive compensation practice.

Prior to joining KPMG, Carter was a solicitor at Pinsent Masons in Leeds.

The hire follows a number of new recruits to Osborne Clarke’s London office, including two Irwin Mitchell corporate partners Edward Persse and Paul Smith.

Irwin Mitchell real estate partners Jo Footitt and Louise Cartwright also joined over the summer.

Carter will sit in Osborne Clarke’s incentives and wider tax practice. The employment team is currently made up of seven partners in the UK.


Multiple hires for Ince JLV in Singapore

Ince Law Alliance, the Singapore joint law venture (JLV) between Ince & Co and local firm Incisive Law, has bolstered its ranks by hiring from Allen & Gledhill and Bond Dickinson.


Last year, Ince lost Richard Lovell, managing partner of its Singapore office, and Mohan Subbaraman, head of Incisive Law, to Reed Smith. Martin David, previously Ince’s Asia-Pacific energy head, has also left, joining Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow.

The new hires include Felicia Tan, who joins from A&G as the director of the JLV’s litigation team, as well as litigation and arbitration lawyer Moses Lin, who joins as a partner from Hill Dickinson.

Additionally, Edgar Chin has been promoted to joint managing director at Incisive Law. He will be working alongside shipping specialist Bill Ricquier.

Incisive Law has also hired Justin Seet and Samantha Ch’ng as junior associates.


SPB takes international arbitration head from K&L Gates

Squire Patton Boggs has hired Haig Oghigian as the head of its international arbitration practice in Tokyo from K&L Gates, where he led the commercial disputes practice.


A former co-chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s litigation and dispute resolution practice, Oghigian has served as counsel and arbitrator in over 100 matters including those related to M&A, joint ventures, licence and distribution agreements and market entry compliance and regulatory issues. He is a member of a number of international arbitration institutions, including the International Cour of Arbitration (ICC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Oghigian is the second senior appointment to be made by the firm in Tokyo recently, following the hire of Scott Warren as a cybersecurity partner in July. Warren was a former general counsel for Sega and senior attorney at Microsoft Japan.