Roland Berger appoints eight new partners in Europe

In home-country Germany, Frank Pietras and Uwe Weichenhain have joined the firm’s leadership. Pietras is based in Roland Berger’s Munich office and is an automotive expert. He specialises in automotive advisory, commercial due diligence, growth strategy, market & product strategy and business processes transformation.

Uwe Weichenhain has been with the consultancy for over a decade, and has been named a partner in the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure arm. He is an expert in new technologies that drive the transition towards sustainable infrastructure, including offshore wind, power transmission, gas and LNG, hydrogen, and digital technologies.

In the Netherlands, where Roland Berger has a team of around 100 consultants based in Amsterdam, Koen Besteman and Sameer Mehta have been promoted to partner level. Besteman specialises in the life sciences, and biopharma industry, supporting companies with innovation management, new market development, business cases, and setting up value models for research projects and portfolios. He also has gained extensive experience supporting universities with strategic and financing topics.

Having joined Roland Berger in 2010, Sameer Mehta focuses on merger & acquisition and investor support services. He works with private equity firms and corporate clients on topics related to due diligence, growth & performance improvement and restructuring. Mehta advises clients in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare and industrial products, with a particular focus on automotive, media, technology and steel.

In Sweden, Benny Guttman has been appointed a partner in the Gothenburg office. He has previously worked for three consulting firms, Accenture, EY and McKinsey & Company, prior to joining Roland Berger in 2017. In between consulting, he spent eight years at Volvo, the last six of which he was Senior Vice President at Volvo Logistics where he headed Strategy, Corporate Values and Operational Development. Guttman’s work is focused around strategic and operational improvement at clients in the automotive, manufacturing, med-tech and retail industries.

Artem Zakomirnyi has been serving the consulting firm for over twelve years, working from the offices in Moscow, Russia, and Kiev, Ukraine. He specialises in strategic and operations work in the consumer goods and retail industries. Zakomirnyi also has a deep understanding of supply chain and logistics topics, for both the traditional retail as well as online (e-commerce) retail channels.

Based in Bucharest, Romania, Szabolcs Nemes has been with the firm since 2001, in the period developing industry expertise in energy & utilities, telecommunications and transportation. His functional expertise spans strategy development, large-scale transformation, definition of new organisation models, operational excellence and efficiency improvement. Nemes supports clients in Romania and throughout the Central Eastern European region.

Last but not least, the Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Bodin, who has been named a partner in Roland Berger’s Pharma and Healthcare practice. Prior to joining the management consultancy in 2012, he spent eight years in various supply chain and marketing positions at pharma companies Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.

Beyond the eight new partners in Europe, Roland Berger also promoted four partners in Asia and the Middle East.

EY appoints Ally Scott as managing partner of Scottish operations

EY has for the first time appointed someone who is not a chartered accountant to head its Scottish operation, and flagged major hiring plans.

Ally Scott, who joined the accountancy firm’s Scottish operation from banking giant Barclays in autumn 2016 as head of transaction advisory services, will succeed Mark Harvey as EY’s managing partner for Scotland on July 1. Mr Harvey will remain a partner of EY until next April, before joining car retailing giant Arnold Clark as chief financial officer in the summer of 2020.

A spokeswoman for EY confirmed that Mr Scott would be the first leader of the Scottish business who was not a chartered accountant.

EY highlighted its ambitions to increase its current Scottish workforce of about 1,000 by 25 per cent over the next 12 months.

The spokeswoman said: “We are going to be recruiting at all levels of seniority but also across all service lines. It is in all geographies as well. It is across the office network.”

EY has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.

The accountancy firm noted Mr Scott had led the firm’s Scottish transaction advisory services practice to 15% and 21% growth in its last two financial years, “helping secure deals for prominent Scottish clients such as Simon Howie Group, QTS Group and Weir Group”.

EY noted Mr Harvey had, since taking on the Scotland managing partner role in 2015, raised the annual revenues of the accountancy firm’s Scottish business from about £100 million to £170m.

Mr Scott, who joined Royal Bank of Scotland as a 16-year-old trainee and worked for the Edinburgh-based institution from 1985 to 2005 before joining Barclays, said: “It’s a real honour to take up the role of managing partner. Under Mark’s leadership, EY has enjoyed significant growth in Scotland, securing notable client wins across all service lines and investing in our product offering to support a broader range of businesses.”

He added: “Our ambition to increase headcount to 1,250 staff across all levels in the next 12 months is a strong signal of our intent to build on that momentum. It’s an exciting time to be part of our business. Our continued investment in technology and automation has resulted in our Edinburgh office becoming EY’s UK centre of excellence in data analytics and provides our clients with an exceptional level of strategic insight and clarity in decision-making.”

The EY spokeswoman noted some of the new jobs would be in the data analytics, automation and digital area, but emphasised hiring would be broadly based, citing a ramping up of activity across assurance, advisory and tax operations.

GVZH Advocates appoints new Partners

Dr Luca Vella and Dr Kurt Hyzler have been admitted as Partners of GVZH Advocates within the firm’s Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Banking and Finance and Financial Services Industry practice groups.

Luca Vella’s practice focuses primarily around corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, and he has been involved in advising and structuring of numerous bond issues that have been brought to the market by various issuers over the past years. Kurt Hyzler handles mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance transactions and advises a wide spectrum of operators in the financial services industry in Malta. Both Luca and Kurt hold a Masters degree from the University of London.

Commenting on this development within the firm, Dr Andrew J Zammit, Managing Partner of GVZH Advocates said: “These new promotions reflect the firm’s commitment towards a transparent and merit-based career path for professionals that apply themselves to become recognised as leaders in their respective fields. The firm has undergone significant reorganisation initiatives aimed at creating clusters of technical expertise without obstructing clear communication lines across practice groups, and the absorption of new partners within this new organisation structure is meaningful in continuing to drive forward with the implementation of these changes. The addition of Luca and Kurt to the partnership, with their collective energy and enthusiasm, is a welcome development which recognises the tremendous value that they have added to the firm and its clients over the years, enabling them to take a more active role in leading and developing their teams further to support the firm’s exponential growth over the past years.”

About GVZH Advocates

GVZH Advocates is a leading law firm composed of top-tier professionals and firmly established in the Maltese legal landscape, built on the values of acumen, integrity and clarity. The firm is composed of 36 legal, tax, compliance and accounting professionals and 20 support staff, and also incorporates GVZH Trustees Limited, a company licensed by the MFSA to act as trustee and co-trustee, and as administrator of private foundations.

The lawyers within the firm handle a wide range of technical research projects, transactions and disputes – varying in size and complexity – servicing clients which include local family-owned businesses, listed multi-national companies doing business in Malta, and global law firms seeking expertise on points of Maltese law.

If you would like to get more information, please visit https://www.gvzh.com.mt/

Commercial real estate consultancy appoints new associate director

2017 BYPY Finalist, Charles Jones, has been appointed associate director within Lambert Smith Hampton’s capital markets team.

“I’m excited to join Lambert Smith Hampton where I’ll be working closely with a highly skilled national hotel specialist team. Simon Stevens, David Creamore, Martin Davis, Dan Whittaker and Hugh Anderson are all industry leaders and very respected by operators within the sector,” said Charles, who will be based in LSH’s Birmingham office.

“I’ll be working hard to advise on a variety of transactions including independent, corporate, single assets, and portfolios, and developing relationships with existing and new clients.”

Charles added: “LSH has departments across the entire property spectrum, from building consultancy, lease advisory, planning and development, auctions, property finance and business rates, and I believe sitting closely to all these teams will help me develop my skill-sets.”

About Lambert Smith Hampton

Lambert Smith Hampton is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading, and most progressive, property consultancies with over 40 offices and 1,700 staff.

If you would like to find out more information about LSH, please visit https://www.lsh.co.uk/

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Arendt & Medernach appoints four new Partners

Leading law firm Arendt & Medernach has the pleasure of announcing the appointment of four new Partners.

Nicolas Bouveret

Partner Investment Management, Private Equity & Real Estate

Nicolas Bouveret is a Partner in the Investment Management and Private Equity & Real Estate practices of Arendt & Medernach. He advises global asset managers and institutional clients on the structuring, formation and marketing of Luxembourg investment funds.

Rodrigo Delcourt

Partner Private Equity & Real Estate

Rodrigo Delcourt is a Partner in the Private Equity & Real Estate practice of Arendt & Medernach. He advises fund sponsors and managers on all legal and regulatory aspects related to the structuring, setting-up and ongoing operations of regulated and unregulated alternative funds.

Vincent Mahler

Partner Tax Law

Vincent Mahler is a Partner in the Tax Law practice at Arendt & Medernach and Head of the Paris Tax Desk. He advises on both national and international tax issues, focusing on the tax aspects of unregulated and regulated real estate structures as well as private equity and finance transactions.

Astrid Wagner

Partner IP, Communication & Technology, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Astrid Wagner is a Partner in the IP, Communication & Technology practice area of Arendt & Medernach. She is in charge of specialised areas of the law such as data protection, e-commerce, IT and the full spectrum of IP rights. Astrid is also handling corporate law matters.

If you would like to view their full CV’s, please visit https://www.arendt.com/

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Law firm significantly strengthens Securities Litigation practice

Fox Williams has today announced that Andrew Hill, a dispute resolution partner specialising in securities litigation, has joined the City law firm. Andrew joined the firm from Stewarts Law LLP, where he was a partner.

Andrew is at the forefront of developing securities litigation in the UK, helping clients who are shareholders in UK public companies seek compensation when they have been misled. He drove the launch of the UK’s first such claim against a public company – the high-profile and ground-breaking case against Tesco PLC for a large group of institutional investors, following Tesco’s admission of a profit overstatement.

“We are delighted that Andrew has joined us. Andrew has deep expertise advising on complex, cutting edge and high-value litigation for sophisticated financial institutions and institutional investors including in group or ‘class actions’. His experience and capabilities complement our expanding dispute resolution practice and bolster our financial services sector expertise” said Paul Osborne, senior partner at Fox Williams.

“Andrew is a very experienced, accomplished and highly regarded litigator. He has been proactive in the new area of securities litigation in London. His expertise and proven ability in this area will enable Fox Williams to obtain redress for institutional investor claimants against public companies who mislead the market. Andrew is a valuable addition to the Fox Williams team,” said Gavin Foggo, head of the firm’s dispute resolution and litigation department.

Andrew Hill commented: “I am excited to join Fox Williams, a firm which already offers business clients a breadth and depth of experience and expertise that is an increasingly compelling alternative to the magic circle. Together, we can now help our clients protect the value of their investments, foster a more transparent market, and drive better corporate behaviour.”

Fox Williams has also appointed Adam Fortune, a barrister by background and an experienced litigator and arbitrator, to join the firm’s senior associate ranks. Adam has acted on a range of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes and specialises in corporate and investment banking litigation and IT disputes. He also has experience in civil fraud litigation and adds to the strength and depth of the firm’s offering to clients.