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Find out who has moved where in our regular round-up of new appointments in the legal industry.

21 May 2001

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Find out who has moved where in our regular round-up
of in the legal industry.

Lovells’ highly rated corporate finance partner,
Allan Murray-Jones
, is joining the
London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom to spearhead a move into
private equity. Murray-Jones, who resigned from Lovells at the start of the
year, will join Skadden Arps in September to expand their initiative in the
European buyouts market.

Bird & Bird has taken on competition partner,
Olivier Fréget
, from Andersen Legal’s
Paris arm SG Archibald to advise on competition work in the IT sector. Fréget
who joined the firm last week, was a partner in the intellectual property/IT
group at SG Archibald and also head of competition and European Union work. He
will be the only competition partner in Paris, but there are three in the group,
which combines Paris and Brussels.

SJ Berwin is set to provide a European Union (EU) and
competition law capability in Germany for the first time, by recruiting three
partners for its Munich office. Corporate lawyers Thomas Pauls
and Axel Pajunk join from Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner. EU
and competition lawyer Alexander Rinne

joins from
Düsseldorf-based Bender Zahn Tigges. The new arrivals bring the partner count in
Munich up to seven.

SJ Berwin has appointed its head of knowledge
management, Simon Witney
, to the position of
a non fee-earning partner. Witney became the firm’s first head of knowledge
management in January 2000. He was previously a fee-earner in corporate
finance.

Nicholson Graham & Jones is expanding its presence
in targeting the growing PFI and public-private partnership (PPP) market with
the hire of a projects partner, Christopher Causer

, from Rowe & Maw. He takes up the new role as head of
Nicholson Graham’s PFI team within its construction and engineering department.
Causer’s appointment is expected to the first of more hires, and could lead to
the creation of a separate department.

Baker & McKenzie’s role is losing one of its lawyers
to launch a legal function within Pangea, who is currently a client of the firm.
Randal Barrett

, a senior
lawyer from the London office of Baker & McKenzie, is joining with another
junior lawyer to become Pangea’s first general counsel and he plans to put Baker
& McKenzie’s role under the spotlight.

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on a
partner from Denton Wilde Sapte to spearhead a move into insurance work.
Steven Blair

, who joined Denton Wilde
Sapte in 1998 as a partner, will be the first insurance partner in the US firm’s
London office. He will split his time between London and New York in an effort
to ramp up the firm’s presence in reinsurance work on both sides of the
Atlantic.

International law firm Clyde &
Co has appointed nine new partners from within the firm with effect from 1 may
2001. This brings the total number of partners at Clyde & Co. to
111.

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