Upstream strengthens EU, Scot and China teams

Upstream has boosted its global offering with three appointments in Brussels, Edinburgh and Beijing.

Jeroen Jansen joins the government relations firm’s five-strong Brussels team on 1 June as a director. He
arrives from Saybolt International, a Dutch provider of inspection services for oil and chemical companies, where he has overseen regulatory affairs since 2001.

The EU regulatory team of global law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary – Upstream’s parent company – took on many of the partners of rival Coudert Brothers, which disbanded last year. Upstream’s Brussels office is hoping to capitalise on DLA’s subsequent growth in EU business.

Jansen will work across the energy, finance, telecoms and food sectors.

In Edinburgh, Hazel Moffat has arrived as a partner. She joins a four-strong practice and will work closely with the London and Brussels offices. Moffat previously led the public law and parliamentary practice at Scottish law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, and was named Young Lawyer of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards last autumn.

In Beijing, Upstream has taken on its second staffer, Yihan Ma, as an account manager, arriving from telco China Netcom Group. She joins Li Li, a former government relations adviser for Nortel in China, who opened the Beijing office at the end of last year (PRWeek, 9 December 2005).

Upstream was originally part of UK law firm DLA. Its parent came into existence in early 2005 when DLA merged with Piper Rudnick and California’s Gray Cary.

Peter Digger, deputy MD of Upstream, said the hires served to ‘further crystallise the benefit of DLA’s unique marriage of political comms and legal expertise’.

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