Lawyer Monthly - March 2022

LAWYER MOVES Hogan Lovells’ Madrid office has hired Fernando Calancha Marzana, the head of PwC’s Spanish regulatory group, to lead the office’s regulatory and energy practices. Marzana joins the UK-headquartered Hogan Lovells as a partner after more than a decade of experience at PwC, during which time he oversaw the firm’s Spanish regulatory and energy and natural resources practices. In his capacity as a state lawyer, Marzana was responsible for litigating a variety of administrative cases. Most recently, he served as head of cabinet for the Spanish state department of energy as well as chief state lawyer for the government’s energy department. Prior to joining PwC, Marzana worked in several other energy-related roles as a state lawyer, including for the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade and the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy. In his new role at Hogan Lovells, Marzana will lead the firm’s Spanish regulatory practice in Madrid and advise corporates, funds and advisory firms across several highly regulated sectors. With this appointment, Marzana has become the twenty-third partner to join the firm’s Madrid office since it opened for business in 2004. One of those partners, Jon Aurrekoetxea, received a promotion last month as part of the firm’s 27-strong promotions round that included 14 European appointments. Hogan Lovells Hires Head of PwC’s Spanish Regulatory Group Mayer Brown has boosted its London corporate and securities team with the hire of Matthew Griffin, White & Case’s head of funds and investment management. Griffin acts for sponsors, institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds on fund formations and fund investments. His new appointment signifies Mayer Brown’s global push to strengthen its international PE team.. “Having built up our funds practices with new hires in our New York and Chicago offices, we are delighted that Matt will be joining Tim Nosworthy on the fund product group in London,” said Perry Yam, co-leader of the global corporate and securities practice. “Matt has extensive experience in this space and complements the firm’s experience working with sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia, as well as acting for hedge funds and real estate funds, where we are active globally.” Griffin’s arrival follows the hire of Tarun Patel and Electra Callan from Ropes & Gray last year. Both were made partner on 1 January. Yam stated that these additions illustrate the firm’s ambitious growth plans for its London team. Magic circle firm Slaughter and May has announced the promotion of two of its partners – Simon Nicholls and Richard Smith – as heads of its corporate and M&A practice respectively. Both clients carry a track record of advising high-profile clients. Nicholls and Smith succeed corporate head Andy Ryde and M&A head Roland Turnill. Turnill has been elected to succeed Steve Cooke as senior partner at the firm in May 2024. Nicholls joined the firm in 1996 and was made partner in 2005. Some of Nicholls’ most noteworthy clients include Babcock, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, Ultra Electronics, Whitbread, and Wood and Morgan Advanced Materials. Smith joined Slaughter and May in 2001 and became partner in 2010. His most prominent clients include, Aviva, Close Brothers, Equinix, Landsec, Reckitt, The Walt Disney Company and United Utilities. Both partners will commence their new roles on 1 May 2022. Mayer Brown Hires White & Case’s Head of Funds Slaughter and May Appoint NewHeads of Corporate and M&A 10 WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | MAR 2022

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