Quinn hires two more Shearman Brussels partners including global competition head

Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired two more partners from Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels office.

The latest recruits – who will be reunited with former Quinn colleague Trevor Soames – are Shearman’s global competition head and Brussels managing partner Stephen Mavroghenis and fellow competition partner Miguel Rato.

They are set to be followed to Quinn by a team of lawyers from Shearman’s Brussels base.

The partner duo held talks with Quinn in September last year, along with Soames, but at the time opted to stay with Shearman. Soames made the move to Quinn in October.

The trio had been together at Shearman since joining from Howrey in February 2011, a month before the US firm collapsed. Their start dates at Quinn are not yet known.

Managing partner John Quinn said: “One of the major goals of our European plan has been to build a world-class competition office in Brussels. With the arrival of Stephen and Miguel, closely on the heels of their colleague Trevor Soames, we have achieved that goal.”

Their departures will leave Shearman with one partner based full-time in Brussels, Geert Goeteyn, as well as three counsel and two associates.

At Shearman, Mavroghenis will be replaced as both Brussels head and global head of competition by Matthew Readings, who will split his time between London and Brussels. While the firm rebuilds the team, City competition partner James Webber will also work across both London and Brussels.

The additions mean Quinn will now have four partners in Brussels, alongside Soames and Nadine Hermann, chair of the firm’s EU and German competition practice.

A Shearman spokesperson said: “We wish them all the best with their future endeavours. The firm has a strong antitrust capability in Europe and is recognised for its deep EU competition law expertise. Combined with our wider global antitrust practice, we remain well positioned to continue to serve our clients. We also continue to be committed to our Brussels office and will be announcing additional resources for that office soon.”