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Revolving doors: Taylor Wessing strengthens in Europe as the New York Times appoints new GC

Taylor Wessing has added to its Warsaw office as 39 Essex Chambers brought in a new arbitrator and the New York Times got a new general counsel this week.

Taylor Wessing announced Pawel Kuglarz as the latest addition to its Warsaw office. Specialising in real estate and restructuring and dispute resolution, Kuglarz joined from Beiten Burkhart/Wolf Theiss, where he worked for over 15 years. Kuglarz is Taylor Wessing’s third appointment in the region in the last four months.

Taylor Wessing CEE managing partner Raimund Cancola said: ‘We have been very successful in pursuing our goal of enhancing our Central and Eastern Europe offering by bringing onboard outstanding lawyers.’

39 Essex Chambers has hired Eversheds of counsel Loretta Malintoppi who will practice as an international arbitrator. She joins chambers from Eversheds where, since 1991, she was a member of the Public International Law and International Arbitration team, first in Paris and then in Singapore since 2012.

The New York Times also appointed its new general counsel (GC) this week in Diane Brayton, as its current top counsel Kenneth Richieri is set to retire at the end of the year.

Brayton has been with the newspaper since 2004, and currently serves as deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, and will take over the new position on 1 January 2017. Prior to the New York Times, she was vice-president and senior counsel at Credit Suisse, having joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Thompson said: ‘Diane’s keen understanding of the legal environment in which The New York Times operates and her broad range of legal and corporate governance expertise make her ideally suited to lead our legal department.

‘She is known across the company not just for her reasoned approach to addressing legal matters but also for her passion for our business and her deeply collaborative spirit. I’m looking forward to continuing what is an already strong partnership.’