Field Fisher hiring boosts Brussels office
Field Fisher Waterhouse has boosted its corporate presence in Brussels with the hire of Taylor Wessing partner Martine de Witte.The move is de Witte's second in little more than a year as she only joined Taylor Wessing in May 2007. Prior to that she was an equity partner at Akin, Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld for 14 years. She headed the US law firm's Brussels arm until the office closed in January 2007. She specialises in representing clients within the information technology, telecommunications and life sciences sectors and advises on both corporate and corporate litigation matters.Her arrival takes the total number of partners in the Brussels office - which launched in April last year - to 10.De Witte said: "The firm offers an excellent platform for my practice and professional goals. I look forward to contributing to the development of the corporate practice in Brussels and the further expansion and growth of the firm."Field Fisher broke away from its continental allies last year to set up its own offices in France, Germany and Belgium. The UK firm dissolved its alliances with firms in jurisdictions including Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, which it had operated since 2002, last March and opened for business in Germany and Belgium the following month. Field Fisher's hire came as rival City firm Olswang boosted its Brussels competition practice with the hire of a partner from Loyens & Loeff. Koen Platteau joined the UK firm last week (1 October) from the Benelux leader - where he headed the Brussels European Union, competition and regulatory practice. Platteau will deal with matters including merger control cases, cartel work, competition litigation and state aid issues
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