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UPDATES Chicago — Kirkland & Ellisopened its first office in Asia this week, movinginto Hong Kong’s central financial district, the firm said in a release.Kirkland partner David Patrick Eich, who has been leading the firm’sexpansion of its global private equity practice from London, will head upthe new Hong Kong office. Partner Chuan Li from the Chicago office and senior associate Tai Hsaifrom the London office will also now be stationed in Hong Kong. Both of themalso have private equity experience and are fluent in Mandarin, the firmsaid. The firm went into Hong Kong because China has one of the fastestgrowing economies in the world and many of its clients are doing business inthat region, according to the release. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellishas expanded into continentalEurope by opening an office in Berlin this week. The practice includes 11partners who formerly practiced in the Berlin office of Taylor Wessing. Thelawyers will serve in a variety of disciplines, including corporatecounseling, private equity, real estate, entertainment and labor.The move follows the Jan. 1 merger of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart NicholsonGraham with Preston Gates & Ellis. K&L Gates, which does not declare aheadquarters city, now has about 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices in NorthAmerica, Europe and Asia. CHICAGO — Joel Chefitzhas left his post as managing partner of Howrey’sChicago office to lead McDermott, Will & Emery’s securities litigationpractice in the same city. Chefitz expects to expand his securities andantitrust litigation work at McDermott with support from the firm’s broaderplatform of practice areas, including corporate, tax and employee benefitsgroups. “It gives me the critical mass here in Chicago,” Chefitz said. Among other things, Chefitz is currently working on shareholdersecurities class action lawsuits and government probes related to thebankruptcies of Chicago-based companies Divine Inc. and MarchFirst Inc. Chefitz said he had tried to lure McDermott’s trial department head,Jeffrey Stone to Howrey, and ended being drafted by Stone instead. Despitethe growing presence of out-of-town firms in Chicago, Chefitz said he sawbenefit in bucking the trend and sticking with a more established Chicagoplayer. “I was just convinced in this marketplace in Chicago, the residentfirms are those with a substantial presence and they’re tough to beat,” saidChefitz, who started his career at Chicago’s Kirkland & Ellis. Richmond, Va.-based Williams Mullenand Raleigh, N.C.-based Maupin Taylorhave agreed to merge, creating a law firm of about 300 attorneys. Thecombined firm will have offices 12 offices located in Virginia, NorthCarolina, Washington and London. Williams Mullen, with 250 attorneys,has a broad business practice. Maupin Taylor focuses on litigation, businessand real estate transactions, labor and employment and regulatory issues. Firm promotions Baker & McKenzie: Three attorneys have been elected to the partnership in the firm’s New York office-Pia D. Flanagan (employee benefits and executive compensation), Natasha G. Ziabkina (corporate and securities) and Alan F. Zoccolillo Jr. (mergers and acquisitions). Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione (Chicago): Seven attorneys have been elected to the partnership-Lawrence G. Almeda, David H. Bluestone, Vincent J. Gnoffo, Howard S. Michael, John F. Nethery, Jeffry M. Nichols and Richard E. Stanley Jr. Broad and Cassel: Four attorneys have been promoted to the partnership-in Orlando, Fla., Heather Conger; in Miami, Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz; and in Tallahassee, Fla., Martin Fitzpatrick and Cathy Sellers. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (New York): Seven attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in New York, Julian Chung (global finance), Israel Dahan (complex securities fraud), Matthew Hendrickson (antitrust), Stephanie J. Meltzer (business fraud), Lisa Pauquette (capital markets) and Gary T. Silverstein (tax); and in London, Nick Shiren (capital markets). Carter Ledyard & Milburn (New York): John J. Hanley has been elected to the partnership. He was previously counsel to the firm’s corporate department. Jones Day: Forty-five attorneys have been named to the partnership-in San Francisco, Aaron Agenbroad (labor and employment); in London, Lisa Anderson (tax), Jarleth M. Burke (antitrust), Leon N. Ferera (mergers and acquisitions) and Neil Ferguson (private equity); in Houston and Shanghai, China, J. Benjamin Bai (intellectual property); in Pittsburgh, Dana Baiocco (products liability and torts); in Cleveland, Gregory A. Bauer (lending/structured finance and derivatives), David M. Maiorana and Meredith M. Wilkes (intellectual property), Eric H. Mosier (employee benefits and executive compensation), Michael S. Owendoff (real estate) and Wade R. Wagatsuma (tax); in New York, Charles N. Bensinger III (lending/structured finance and derivatives), Wendy C. Butler (labor and employment), William J. Hine (securities and shareholder litigation), Randi C. Lesnick (mergers and acquisitions), Traci L. Lovitt, Charles R.A. Morse (issues and appeals) and Thomas E. Lynch (trial practice); in Atlanta, Jean-Paul Boulee Dean A. Calloway (trial practice) and A. Michael Lee (real estate); in Brussels, Vincent Paul Broph (antitrust); in Shanghai and San Diego, Tony Chen (intellectual property); in Dallas, Stephanie D. Clouston (trial practice) and Daniel T. Conrad (intellectual property); in Washington, Louis K. Fisher and Noel J. Francisco (issues and appeals); in Paris, Pierre Heitzmann (international litigation and arbitration); in Chicago, Timothy J. Heverin (intellectual property) and Heather M. O’Shea (health care); in Shanghai, Patrick H. Hu (mergers and acquisitions); in Hong Kong and Beijing, Charles Kwak (private equity); in Columbus, Ohio, Rodd B. Lape (private equity) and Chad A. Readler (trial practice); in Los Angeles, Todd R. Miller (intellectual property), Kirstin Poirier-Whitley (employee benefits and executive compensation) and Jeffrey M. Rawitz (corporate criminal investigations); in Frankfurt, Germany, Holger Neumann (government regulation) and Johannes Zoettl (antitrust); in Tokyo, Tadakatsu Sano (government regulation); in Los Angeles and Menlo Park, Calif., Esm� C. Smith (mergers and acquisitions); in Beijing, Xiang Wang (intellectual property); in Columbus and Chicago, Mark A. Whitt (energy delivery and power). Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (Columbia, S.C.): Nineteen attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Atlanta, Kyle Globerman, Matthew Gomes, Holly Hempel, Elisa Kodish and Jay Wolfersberger; in Charleston, S.C., Brian Duffy and Ryan Earhart; in Charlotte, N.C., C. Marshall Lindsay and Kevin Heiser; in Columbia, Glen Caulk, Brian Comer, Debbie Durban, Tom Kennaday, Cory Manning, Kay Tennyson and Thad Westbrook; in Greenville, N.C., Hamilton E. Russell III; in Raleigh, N.C., Reed Hollander; and in Winston-Salem, N.C., Goran Stojkovich. Phelps Dunbar (New Orleans): Seven attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Baton Rouge, La., Jeffrey M. Barbin (business); in New Orleans, Rebecca Y. Cooper (insurance), Allen C. Miller (commercial litigation) and Thomas Kent Morrison (admiralty and torts); in Tampa, Fla., Jolee Land (employment); in Jackson, Miss., Christopher R. Maddux (business); and in Gulfport, Miss., Kyle S. Moran (admiralty and torts). Ruskin Moscou Faltischek (Uniondale, N.Y.): Jeffrey M. Schlossberg, formerly of counsel to the firm, has been elected to the partnership in the firm’s litigation practice. Susman Godfrey (Houston): Five attorneys have been elected to the partnership-in Houston, Victoria L. Cook and William R. H. Merrill; in Seattle, Drew D. Hansen and Brooke A. M. Taylor; and in Los Angeles, David H. Orozco. Movers is compiled and written by George Szamuely. Please send material to him at The National Law Journal, 105 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016, or [email protected] .

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