Nicola Fulford

Hogan Lovells has recruited Nicola Fulford, data protection and privacy head at Kemp Little,  for its London privacy and cybersecurity practice.

Fulford, who has been at Kemp Little for more than four years after joining in late 2013, has also worked in-house at UBS and carried out secondments at Google and IBM.

Hogan Lovells global government regulatory head Alice Valder Curran said: “Nicola is a highly-regarded data privacy specialist with an established reputation. We have seen the increasing importance that data protection laws and policy decisions have on our clients’ operations in the last few years. Adding Nicola to our existing team will boost our offering and enable us to respond to this growing demand.”

Meanwhile, the transatlantic firm has also appointed corporate partner Xenia Legendre as its new office managing partner for Paris, as her predecessor Marie-Aimee de Dampierre becomes regional managing partner for continental Europe. Legendre, who joined the Paris office as a partner in 2008, works with multinational groups and investment funds to structure their cross-border transactions.

Ashurst has bolstered its Frankfurt office with the hire of disputes partner Nicolas Nohlen from Hengeler Mueller. His practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, in particular, in relation to corporate, capital market and commercial law disputes, as well as banking and product liability.

The firm also has hired Mayer Brown construction partner Tom Duncan in London. Duncan’s practice focuses on all aspects of construction and engineering law, with a particular focus on complex disputes.

DWF has strengthened its Italian corporate practice with the hire of partner Giovanni Cucchiarto to its Milan office. He joins from local firm Jenny Avvocati, specializes in M&A and plans to launch a financial technology practice in the base in northern Italy.

The firm has also hired employment partner Dermot Casserly to its Dublin office. Casserly joins from national firm Beauchamps, where he was head of the firm’s employment and benefits group. He focuses on advising large and mid-size corporates, public bodies and senior executives on risk management, layoff issues, contracts and work permits.

DLA Piper has hired capital markets partner Roland Maass to join its Frankfurt office from Latham & Watkins, where Maass had been a partner since 2006. Maass will join the firm’s corporate practice alongside associate Juliane Hack.

The firm has also bolstered its Beijing corporate practice with the hire of Shearman & Sterling’s capital markets partner Yang Ge. She has extensive experience with both U.S. and Hong Kong IPOs of companies in various industries, representing both issuers and underwriters.

Shoosmiths has boosted its banking and finance team with the hire of Gowling WLG project finance head Nick Iliff. He will join Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office to develop the firm’s real estate finance practice. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, he was head of U.K. project finance at Pinsent Masons.

Fladgate has appointed David Breslin as a partner in its dispute resolution team. International arbitration and insurance-focused Breslin joins from Gowling WLG, where he led the firm’s international arbitration and insurance teams. He specializes in the marine, energy and infrastructure sector.

TLT has boosted its Glasgow office with the hire of banking partner Douglas Gourlay from Weightmans, where he established its Scottish banking team and led the firm’s U.K. real estate finance practice. His practice includes advising banks, alternative lenders and borrowers on all kinds of investment and development deals in sectors including student accommodation, retail, hotels and leisure and renewable energy.

White & Case has hired private equity lawyer Shane McDonald, from Lone Star-affiliate Hudson Advisors as a partner on its London banking team. Formerly an associate at Freshfields and later at Ropes & Gray, McDonald has been senior vice-president of Hudson Advisors since 2013. His experience at Hudson Advisors involved advising on the acquisitions of non-performing loan portfolios and private equity portfolio companies.

Dentons has appointed Nieves Briz as managing partner of its Barcelona office and partner in its Spanish corporate and M&A department. Briz joins from Spanish firm JAUSAS, where she was a partner in the commercial law and compliance departments and led the China desk. Prior to joining JAUSAS, she became the first female partner at local firm EY Abogados when she joined the partnership in 2000. She has a focus on the finance, real estate, pharmaceutical, textiles and electricity sectors.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Kirkland & Ellis acquisition finance partner Christine Kaniak in its Munich base. She advises on complex national and international financings in private equity transactions, as well as on acquisition financings, refinancings and restructurings.

CMS has bolstered its financial services regulatory team with the hire of Norton Rose Fulbright partner Elisabeth Bremner. She has 20 years’ experience and expertise in dealing with financial regulators and matters involving market abuse, insider trading and trader mismarking in the investment banking and hedge fund sectors.

Strange & Butler has appointed Pinsent Masons’ former head of competition, Ben Lasserson. Following qualification at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, he did stints at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, moving to Pinsents in 2013. His client roster is made up of major international airlines, including Lufthansa, Qatar and Etihad.