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Revolving doors: Linklaters hires in Germany as Akin Gump takes Addleshaws litigator

In a busy start to the year, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons have added to the benches in Europe, while Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Eversheds and DLA Piper have hired in the UK.

In Germany, Linklaters has taken on DLA Piper’s international group head of real estate Carsten Loll, as a partner in the Frankfurt and Munich offices. Loll will work closely alongside German practice group head Wolfram Kruger. His appointment brings Linklaters’ partner count in Germany to 64 partners.

Akin Gump hired disputes partner Kambiz Larizadeh from Addleshaw Goddard to strengthen its London offering. He focuses on high value, cross border commercial litigation and international arbitration matters, and has particular experience with regards to Russia and the Middle East. The exit follows the resignation of fraud specialist Mark Hastings who quit for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in December 2016.

Simmons expanded its investigations practice this week in Amsterdam with the addition of litigation partner David Schreuders, who joins from DLA Piper. Schreuders is experienced in several jurisdictions both in advisory work, including corporate investigations, as well as compliance audits and litigation.

Withers has rehired private client partner Jeremy Arnold who returns to the firm from Waypoint Capital. Arnold, who was an associate at Withers from 1985 left the firm to go in-house in 2006, when he moved to Barclays to help establish its wealth advisory arm.

In Nottingham, Eversheds has added a corporate partner with the hire of Ian Moore, who was most recently managing director at Scottish sportswear brand Dhu. Moore was a corporate partner at Norton Rose Fulbright between 2007-2012.

Meanwhile in Leeds, DLA strengthened its intellectual property (IP) practice. The firm hired Clarion Solicitors’ founder and former head of the IP practice Leigh Martin. Before seven years at Clarion, Leigh had been a partner in DLA Piper’s IP group from 2000 to 2004. He does international work in patents, designs, trademarks, copyright, database rights and confidentiality.