Macfarlanes is starting the new year with some big news. The firm is to open a new office in Brussels early this year for the competition team it hired from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in December.
The trio are partners Cristophe Humpe, Tom Usher and Cameron Firth.They will be working alongside former KWM senior partner Stephen Kon who is joining the firm as a consultant. The firm closed its Johannesburg office in October after three years in business. As a consequence Brussels will be its only base outside London. The Johannesburg office was shut after its only partner Scott Brodsky, formerly of Baker McKenzie, left the practice to work for a client. Macfarlanes’ senior partner Charles Martin described the new competition team as “a perfect fit for our business, both on the transactional side and on the advisory side.” He added: “We can see exciting opportunities; not just for working on complex regulatory issues on M&A deals, but also for getting into a much broader range of advisory work.”