Announcing nine partner promotions

30 Apr 2018

Simmons & Simmons has today announced the promotion of nine lawyers from across its international network to the partnership as of 01 May 2018*. 

Commenting on the promotions, Simmons & Simmons’ senior partner, Colin Passmore, said: “Once again, I am very pleased to welcome nine ambitious, innovative and dedicated lawyers to the partnership. Their promotions highlight the firm’s diverse range of talent across all practices and sectors. I look forward to working with these individuals and helping their personal development as they in turn help to take the firm forward.” 

The new partners are:

Amanda Lees – Singapore, Dispute Resolution

Amanda is a specialist in international arbitration and cross border litigation. Her practice covers both bilateral investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration in the commodities, finance, energy, resources, insurance, infrastructure and telecommunications industries. She has acted as counsel in arbitrations seated in Singapore, Hong Kong, London and Sydney including ad hoc arbitrations, arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules and rules of the ICC, SIAC, LCIA and HKIAC. In addition, Amanda has been appointed as arbitrator on multiple arbitrations by SIAC and ICC. Amanda joined Simmons & Simmons in Singapore upon the opening of the Singapore office and has over 16 years of experience in international dispute resolution. 

Caroline Turner-Inskip – Bristol, Real Estate 

Caroline’s practice covers a wide range of commercial real estate assets with a wealth of experience in advising on asset management, acquisitions and disposals. Caroline also advises banks and funders dealing with real estate financing. Caroline specialises in dealing with CleanEnergy and renewables assets, acting for both investors, developers and funders in this area.

Céline Larmet – Paris, Financial Markets 

Céline specialised in real estate finance, funds finance, and project finance. In particular, Céline has many years’ experience in advising borrowers and lenders on a broad range of local and pan European lending transactions and debt restructurings with a particular focus on the real estate sector and on the funds finance sector. Céline joined Simmons & Simmons in 2014. 

Daniel Kendziur – Munich, Intellectual Property 

Daniel specialises in intellectual property law and unfair competition law matters. In particular, Daniel has many years’ experience acting in contentious and non-contentious unfair competition law cases, trademark litigation and copyrights, including software-related copyright questions and “design patents”. Further areas of activity are customs border detention proceedings to enforce industrial property rights against product piracy as well as administrative law in trade and industry. Daniel joined Simmons & Simmons in 2013 after having qualified as a German lawyer in 2010 and working as an IP lawyer in the Frankfurt office of another international law firm. During his time at Simmons & Simmons, he has also worked in our Milan office. 

George Morris – London, Information, Communications and Technology 

George’s practice focuses primarily on advising fintech, banking, tech and telecoms clients on outsourcing, procurement, software licensing and other commercial transactions. George also is one of the firm’s leading experts in the legal and regulatory issues surrounding cryptocurrencies and the use of blockchain technology. George joined Simmons & Simmons in 2007, qualified in 2009 and joined the partnership in 2018. During George’s time at the firm he has been seconded to a major international bank, and to two major UK telecommunications companies. 

Jonathan Quie – Singapore, Financial Markets 

Jonathan joined Simmons & Simmons in 2011 and has been based in the Singapore Office since 2014. Jonathan advises financial institutions and asset managers (including hedge fund, institutional and private equity) on a full range of derivatives and structured products with a particular focus on structured equity, credit, commodity and fund-linked products. He also provides specialist advice to clients in relation to prime brokerage, repos, securities lending and derivatives regulation. Jonathan has previously worked in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Olly Jones – Bristol/London, Employment

Olly advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law including sensitive board level disputes, high value litigation (particularly whistleblowing/discrimination cases) and cross-border projects and investigations. In the last few years he has spent an increasing amount of time advising clients in the financial services sector on the interplay between employment law and financial services regulatory issues and developed expertise on the implementation and operation of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime. He joined Simmons & Simmons in 2015 and recently returned from a secondment to an international bank where he reported to the Global Head of Employment.

Patrick Boyd – London, Corporate

Patrick is a partner in the Corporate group in London. Patrick focuses on the asset management sector and specialises in advising asset managers on all aspects of their businesses, including mergers and acquisitions, business transfers, the implementation of multi-jurisdictional reorganisations, the implementation and structuring of “start-ups” (both onshore and offshore), incentivisation and retention plans and general operational day-to-day matters, particularly in relation to partnership arrangements. 

Paula Macnamara – London, Banking 

Paula specialises in all aspects of real estate finance. She has a wealth of experience in acting for major UK and international banks and financial institutions and borrowers on a broad spectrum of real estate matters, including acquisition and development finance and restructurings in the corporate retail estate, commercial office, hotel and leisure and industrial sectors. Paula joined Simmons & Simmons in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor in 2003. During her time at the firm, she has been seconded to major investment banks and has worked in our Paris office. 

Simmons & Simmons has over 280 partners and 1300 staff working in Asia, Europe and the Middle East across 22 offices in 19 countries.

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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