10:30, May 19 441 0

2017-05-19 10:30:09
Quinn Emmanuel swoops on Shearman for Brussels hires

Shearman & Sterling has lost two more partners to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Brussels.

Competition lawyers Stephen Mavroghenis and Miguel Rato are both joining Quinn Emanuel in the Belgian capital, just months after colleague Trever Soames made the same move.

Mavroghenis, who has acted as Shearman’s Brussels managing partner, was understood to have been in talks with Quinn at the same at Soames. However, he opted against the move at the time.

He joins alongside competition colleague Rato, who became a partner at Shearman in 2011. Rato, Mavroghenis and Soames all moved from Howrey in the same year, just prior to the firm’s collapse.

It is understood that Quinn is also in talks with a number of other lawyers from Shearman’s Brussels office, although neither firm would confirm headcount. The Lawyer understands that around four to six lawyers are currently in discussions.

Mavroghenis and Rato’s departures will leave Shearman with two partners in Brussels – Geert Geoteyn and Matthew Readings.

Readings, who has split his time between London and Brussels, will become the office’s new managing partner. He has also been named as Shearman’s new head of global antitrust – another role previously held by Mavroghenis.

Shearman’s Brussels office is made up of Brussels-based counsel Elvira Aliende Rodriguez, and associates Marixenia Davilla and Mark English. Other members split their time between Shearman’s other European offices – including counsels Paola Nebbia and Collette Rawnsley, and partner James Webber.

Despite the losses, Shearman has confirmed that it will continue to operate in Brussels.

A spokesperson said: “We wish them all the best with their future endeavours. The firm has a strong antitrust capability in Europe and is recognized for its deep EU competition law expertise.

Combined with our wider global antitrust practice we remain well positioned to continue to serve our clients. We also continue to be committed to our Brussels office and will be announcing additional resources for that office soon.”