Seizing on a trend of law firms seeking opportunities in Africa, Greenberg Traurig has added JUDE KEARNEY as a head of its Africa practice in Washington, D.C. He will also be a shareholder in the firm’s global energy and infrastructure practice as well as the corporate and securities practice. 

As The American Lawyer’s chief European correspondent Chris Johnson recently noted, Africa represents one of the world’s last frontiers for elite law firms. In early June, Baker & McKenzie opened an South Africa, a move that came a year after Norton Rose merged with South African firm Deneys Reitz, and Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance launched offices in Morocco. In addition to the continent’s robust oil and gas and mining sectors, firms are increasingly seeing potential in its growing banking, telecom and IT, retail, insurance, and infrastructure industries. Africa also boasts one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with gross domestic product climbing nearly 5 percent annually.
 
Kearney, who has lived in both Nigeria and South Africa, specializes in matters related to energy development, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law, with a particular focus on international markets in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. He was formerly the chair of the international business practice group at Patton Boggs.
 
In other Churn news… 
 
Day Pitney has bolstered its intellectual property practice with the addition of BRIAN POLLACK as a partner in its Stamford, Connecticut, office. Pollack specializes in such areas as patent preparation, prosecution, litigation, and trademark and copyright counseling. He has represented clients in sectors ranging from medical devices to energy and waste management systems. He was previously with Chadbourne & Parke.
 
Hogan Lovells has strengthened its international arbitration practice in Paris with the addition of CARMEN NUÑEZ-LAGOS. Nuñez-Lagos joins the firm from Bredin Prat, and is qualified to practice law in both Spain and France. She specializes in commercial and investment international arbitrations. 
 
JAMES MCCRAE has returned to Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm’s construction industry practice. McCrae, who will be based in Orlando, Florida, was previoulsy with the firm from 1998-2006 and represents contractors and subcontractors in construction litigation. He was most recently at The Law Offices of James M. McCrae. 
 
King & Spalding welcomes HENRY “HARRY” BURNETT and JAMES BERGER as partners in its New York office. Burnett, who was previously at Crowell & Moring, specializes in international arbitration and business litigation in federal and state courts. Berger, a former Paul Hastings counsel, focuses on complex cross-border litigation. 
 
Lane Powell has gained DOUGLAS GREENE as co-chairman of its securities litigation practice group and ALAN MINSK as a shareholder in its intellectual property and technology practice. Greene, who was previously at K&L Gates, will defend public directors and officers in securities class actions, litigation related to mergers and acquisitions, shareholder derivative s actions, and SEC investigations. Minsk was previously at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. He specializes in patent litigation support, patent prosecution and portfolio evaluation, and due diligence processes related to patents. Both attorneys will be based in Seattle. 
 
JOHN “JAY” HEATH, former counsel on the minority staff of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has jumped to McKenna Long & Aldridge, where he will be a counsel in the government contracts practice. Heath has experience with congressional investigations and matters related to defense acquisition programs. He will be based out of Washington, D.C. 
 
KESTER SPINDLER has jumped to Perkins Coie, where he will be a partner in the firm’s private equity practice. Spindler, who will divide his time between Denver and New York, will focus on complex U.S. and international transactions. He was previously at Kirkland & Ellis. 
 
In a move aimed at growing its music industry practice, Reed Smith has added EDWARD SHAPIRO as a partner in New York. Shapiro, who was formerly at Grubman Indursky Shire & Meiselas, is a transactional lawyer who specializes in the music industry. 
 
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi has recruited JEFFREY HOVDEN as a partner in New York. Hovden, who joins the firm’s life sciences and Hatch-Waxman intellectual property litigation group, will focus on generic pharmaceutical patent cases. He was previously at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. 
 
In Shanghai, Winston & Strawn has snagged BRINTON SCOTT as a partner. Previously a partner at Clyde & Co., Scott will concentrate  on corporate, intellectual property, and employment law matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and foreign direct investments. 
 
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