The Churn

CORRECTION, 12/17/13, 11:20 a.m. EST: An earlier version of this story misspelled in one instance the name of DLA Piper of counsel Steven Levitsky. The information has been corrected in the eighth paragraph below. We regret the error.

Baker & McKenzie’s JAMES ROSSITER has jumped to the Toronto office of Dentons as a partner, where he will focus on cross-border transactions such as acquisitions, divestitures and financings in the U.S. and Canada.

Rossiter says he started considering a move to Dentons in April after SNR Denton completed its three-way combination with Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain. He says the firm’s size was particularly attractive, especially the 500 lawyers and six offices it boasts in Canada and its roughly 750 lawyers in the U.S. “It fits,” Rossiter says. “As a cross-border guy, my clients need seamless. They need one firm, one team, one account.”

Most of those clients are moving with him, Rossiter says, a group that includes professional sports team owners, U.S.-based multinationals, New York hedge funds, investment banks and commercial lenders. Two years ago, Rossiter advised Canadian businessman Tom Gagliardi in his purchase of the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars following the team’s descent into bankruptcy in September 2011.

Rossiter says he is also excited about the move for a reason not many laterals cite: That all partners in Dentons’ Toronto office have the same office size, with identical, ergonomically designed furniture.

In other Churn news …

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s Russian practice, which operates under the name Goltsblat BLP, has hired the former Russian head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s real estate practice, VLADISLAV SOURKOV, and two other Akin Gump attorneys. Sourkov and RUSTAM ALIEV will join Berwin Leighton as partners, while DMITRY MALTSEV is coming aboard as senior counsel. The Moscow-based team is slated to make the move next month.

Bracewell & Giuliani has expanded its Houston office with the addition of new partner ROXANNE ALMARAZ. Most recently with Vinson & Elkins, Almaraz counsels clients in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions.

PETER GLUCK has joined Brown Rudnick’s Orange County, Calif. office from Baker & Hostetler. Gluck is a partner concentrating on patent and trademark procurement, valuation, enforcement and licensing.

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyer STEVEN LEVITSKY is now of counsel in DLA Piper’s antitrust and trade regulation practice. The New York–based Levitsky, who was most recently at Duane Morris, is an antitrust lawyer who advises clients on joint ventures, trade associations and other competitor collaborations.

Greenberg Traurig’s financial regulatory and compliance practice cochair, ROBERT BOSTROM, has been tapped as the new general counsel of Columbus, Ohio–based American fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. Bostrom, who currently works out of Greenberg’s New York office, is scheduled to start his new job in January. He succeeds Ronald Robins, who rejoined his former firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, last week.

Katten Muchin Rosenman has added ANTHONY PERRICONE to its New York office. Perricone, who arrives from Jones Day, joins Katten as a partner who counsels private fund sponsors, investment managers and institutional investors.

GEORGE WILLMAN has jumped to Reed Smith from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. A partner in Silicon Valley, he advises on technology transactions, patents, and intellectual property counseling, as well as clean technology and renewable energy.

Ropes & Gray has a new head of its Washington, D.C., health care practice, THOMAS BULLEIT. He joins Ropes from Hogan Lovells as a partner and will advise clients on regulatory matters related to academic medical centers, pharmaceuticals, biomedicine and medical devices.

BRIAN MINYARD has moved from Thompson & Knight to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Houston. Minyard advises clients on financial transactions such as syndicated bank loans and the private placement of debt securities. He joins Simpson Thacher as counsel.

ROBERT KOVACEV is now with Steptoe & Johnson’s tax group in Washington, D.C. Most recently a senior litigation counsel in the Department of Justice’s tax division, Kovacev is a partner at his new firm. He focuses his practice on federal tax controversy and tax litigation.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has added counsel JEREMY HOCHBERG from Arnold & Porter. Hochberg represents financial institutions and employees in enforcement matters before federal bank regulatory agencies, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice.

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