The latest lateral moves and promotions from some of the biggest players on the legal market
from the 1st June until the 7th June 2018.




Mayer Brown announced that two highly regarded lawyers have joined the firm to enhance its service to Japanese clients. Satoru Murase, a leading corporate, finance and M&A practitioner with deep experience advising global corporations in connection with cross-border investments and disputes around the world with special focus on Japan, has joined the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice in New York. Yoshihide Ito, whose practice focuses on international trade policy, economic trade sanctions, trade disputes and regulation, especially involving the US and Japan, has joined the Government & Global Trade practice in Washington DC. Mr. Murase and Mr. Ito join from Morgan Lewis.

The original press release can be found here on Mayer Brown’s website.



UK – London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’) announced the addition of a respected patent litigation team in London. The team, which consists of partner Dr Christopher Stothers, counsel Ms Laura Whiting, and associates Mr Paul Abbott and Ms Ammina Rao, join together from Arnold & Porter and will work closely alongside the firm’s established patent litigation teams in Germany and the Netherlands. Christopher is an established name within the London patent litigation community and specialises in advising firms focused on developing new technologies, from biotechnology and life sciences to telecommunications. He is an experienced litigator on cross-border patent disputes, but also advises on a wider range of intellectual property disputes, on antitrust disputes, commercial disputes, European Union law, and on regulatory issues within the pharmaceutical sector.

The original press release can be found here on Freshfields’ website.



UK – London 

DLA Piper today announces that Martin Nelson-Jones will be joining the firm as a partner in its Corporate practice, based in London. Martin will be joining the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a partner since 2001 and served as co-head of their global infrastructure and transport sector group. He specialises in M&A and has worked across a range of sectors, including energy and infrastructure. Martin advises both corporates and financial investors. Bob Bishop, partner and Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate Group, said: “Martin is a highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of experience in M&A and in the infrastructure, transport and energy sectors.

The original press release can be found here on DLA Piper’s website.



UK – London

Ashurst announces that Ben Tidswell has been elected chairman for a second term, with effect from 1 November 2018 for a term of four years. Ben Tidswell joined Ashurst in 1993 and has been a partner in the London-based dispute resolution team since 2000, specialising in complex commercial litigation. He was a member and Chair of the New Partners Committee from 2004 to 2007 and was appointed Board member of Ashurst LLP in 2007 and chairman of Ashurst in 2013. He has particular expertise in finance disputes and has regularly acted for major financial institutions. Ben also specialises in antitrust litigation and telecommunications and media disputes.

The original press release can be found here on Ashurst’s website.



UK & Middle East 

Dentons has announced the appointment of Lisa Sewell as Managing Director for the UK & Middle East region, replacing Brandon Ransley who retired earlier this year. Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in driving business performance and change in multinational organisations. She arrives following 10 years working with the Royal Bank of Scotland where she played a pivotal role in its turnaround, undertaking senior management roles as Chief of Staff of its Non-Core Division (which was responsible for deleveraging £258bn of balance sheet assets over five years), and COO of the Capital Resolution business responsible for the divestment of businesses no longer core to the strategic vision of the organisation.

The original press release can be found here on Dentons’ website.