Four major companies expand in Europe as the end of the year approaches


The Lateral Market in Europe continues its period of activity as the holiday season approaches, with companies in France, the Netherlands and Spain creating or strengthening key practice areas with partner hires and of groups.

European economies anticipate challenges as financial support to businesses during a pandemic comes to an end and new European laws governing insolvency and digital services are enacted.

Managing partners of law firms told International that macroeconomic trends will lead to increased tax, restructuring, intellectual property and regulatory workloads.

Stevenson Harwood has created a restructuring department in Paris with advice from French firm Bredin Prat, whose insolvency practice is led by one of the giants of the field in France, Olivier Puech.

Alexandre Koenig, who has worked closely with Puech, is part of a company-wide expansion in restructuring this year that included the addition of partners Tim Crocker and Tai Goldsmith in London.

Stevenson Harwood also created an IP department in Paris with the recruitment of an independent French firm. Boriana Guimberteau joins as an associate of FTPA, where she practiced for nine years, becoming a lawyer. She previously worked as an intellectual property advisor in the legal department of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Also in Paris, Eversheds Sutherland strengthened its tax department with the hiring of three lawyers led by Philippe de Guyenro, a 16-year veteran of PwC Legal, where he became a partner. He also worked for four years as a partner at DLA Piper in Paris.

In the Netherlands, Pinsent Masons added a fourth partner to its Amsterdam office, hiring a patent specialist to strengthen the firm’s team in life sciences and data protection.

András Kupecz practiced at Simmons & Simmons and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before opening his own intellectual property firm in Amsterdam in 2013. His arrival brings the Pinsents Amsterdam life sciences team to three lawyers.

Pinsents opened its office in Amsterdam last February, establishing a foothold in intellectual property and life sciences law in a European capital of the two.

In Spain, Cuatrecasas has added three partners to its Madrid office: Eva Martín Díaz in tax litigation, Félix Plasencia Sánchez in public law and Rafael Sánchez Aristi in intellectual property, technology and media.

The three new partners have backgrounds in government. Plasencia Sánchez joined EY Abogados, the legal arm of the accounting firm Big Four, where he was a partner. He previously worked as a partner at CMS Albiñana & Suarez de Lezo, and as a state attorney at the Ministry of Justice.

Sánchez Aristi is a professor of law and a former judge and lawyer in Spain. Martín Díaz is a state tax inspector on leave.

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