The Transfer Window: recent moves including Addleshaws, Links and DLA

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Addleshaw Goddard has turned to Linklaters for the hire of a new private equity partner in London.

The firm is taking on Ben Rodham, who is a managing associate at the magic circle firm, where he has worked with clients including Bridgepoint, Carlyle, Hg Capital, Montagu and Terra Firma. Rodham (pictured) has also spent time Linklaters’ Dubai and Hong Kong offices.

The hire comes amid a push by Addleshaws to bulk up its City corporate presence. The firm last year acted opposite Linklaters on the merger of wealth management business Quilter & Co and investment firm Cheviot Asset Management.

Debevoise & Plimpton white collar partner Mary Jo White has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to chair the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

White, who has been a partner at the US law firm since 2002, is set to replace Elisse Walter, who took over as chair in December from Mary Schapiro.

The London office of Winston & Strawn has hired DLA Piper infrastructure finance partner Costanza Russo to its corporate department. Russo’s practice focuses on Eastern Europe, where she has worked for more than 10 years.

Her addition brings partner count in Winston & Strawn’s London base – which is headed by former Ashurst litigation chief Michael Madden – to 11.

Trowers & Hamlins has turned to Olswang for the hire of dispute resolution and litigation senior associate Ned Beale, who joins as a partner. Beale, who specialises in commercial disputes, has particular experience covering High Court litigation, international arbitration and contentious insolvency proceedings.

The Madrid office of Linklaters has hired banking and restructuring partner Juan Barona from Allen & Overy. Pedro de Rojas, Linklaters’ Spanish head of banking and co-head of restructuring and insolvency, said Barona’s “shows the firm’s commitment to the Spanish market which is particularly important in the current environment”.

DLA Piper has appointed arbitration lawyer Yu Jin Tay as a partner from Shearman & Sterling, where he was responsible for leading the international arbitration practice in Asia.

He joins DLA Piper’s Asia-Pacific litigation and regulatory practice and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office. He will join Matthew Saunders and Claudia Salomon as co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice.

Ashurst has appointed Legance’s head of antitrust Denis Fosselard as a partner in the firm’s European competition team. Fosselard, who will split his time between Brussels and Rome, advises on EU and Italian antitrust law, having built up experience at Legance, as well as the Brussels office of Liederkerke and Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners.

SNR Denton aviation partner Brett Hailey has joined Bird & Bird’s aviation practice. Hailey, who counts acting for airlines on fleet renewal programmes and finance as part of previous experience, will join the firm’s London office. Last year he was seconded to JP Morgan as a senior consultant advising on several export-credit financings.

White & Case has added restructuring and insolvency partner Celine Domenget-Morin as a partner in its Paris office, where she will lead the practice alongside partners Philippe Metais and Raphael Richard. She was recently a financial analyst at Lazard, prior to which she worked at French law firm Veil Jourde.

Linklaters has appointed former Bird & Bird counsel Pauline Debre as counsel and head of its intellectual property (IP) department in Paris. Debre, who has a particular focus on life sciences and telecoms, will head up a team of five lawyers.

Ashurst has hired Clifford Chance senior associate Derwin Jenkinson as a partner in the firm’s capital markets practice. Jenkinson’s work centres around on transactions in the infrastructure sector. Anna Delgado, the head of Ashurst’s debt capital markets team, said Jenkinson had been brought in to strengthen the group’s offering on large scale financing transactions which involve both senior bank loans and bond debt.

Knights Solicitors has strengthened its real estate team with the hires of commercial property partner Amanda Hanmore and property partner Christoper Howdle.

Hanmore joins the firm from SGH Martineau while Howdle arrives from LSG Solicitors, with their arrivals marking Knights’ first partner hires since securing outside investment from private equity house Hamilton Bradshaw.

Howard Kennedy has expanded its new affordable housing team with the appointments of two partners from Devonshires. Susan Hall, who will head the practice, and Frances Leung follow shortly after ex-Devonshires senior partner Allan Hudson joined the firm as a consultant in May last year.

White & Case has appointed BHP Billiton in-house lawyer Rebecca Campbell as a partner in the global mining and metals group practice of the US firm’s London office. Prior to her time at BHP Billiton, Campbell worked at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York and legacy Freehills in Melbourne.

Bird & Bird has hired NYSE Euornext head of UK legal Martin Sandler and Jones Day litigator Michael Brown for its London financial services practice. Sandler has previously also worked in-house for Natwest and on secondment to Citigroup, while Brown has served as co-head of EMEA equity counsel at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The firm has also strengthened its Paris office with a double partner hire. Gide Loyrette Nouel IP specialist Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan has joined the firm’s IP team, while Bredin Prat counsel and former Freshfields of counsel Alexandra Stocki has joined the firm’s employment practice.

The hires, which come after the firm recruited IP partners Rebecca Delorey and Nathalie Ruffin from France’s Gilbrey Delory last month, bring the firm’s Paris partner headcount to 21.

Stephenson Harwood has bolstered its employment and pensions practice with the hire of Graham Wrightson from HR services provider Mercer. Wrightson, who was partner and head of legal consulting at the company’s UK arm, was previously a partner at legacy Hammonds

Taylor Wessing has boosted its Bratislava team with the hire of former Slovakian minister of justice Lucia Zitnanska as counsel. Her practice covers corporate, competition and insolvency law. Zitnanska served as justice minister twice, in 2006 and 2010 to 2012. Prior to her appointment she was state secretary of the Slovak Republic’s justice ministry.