McDermott Will & Emery opens in Paris

26 Apr, 2011

International law firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced the expansion of its global platform with the opening of its office in Paris on Monday 2nd May 2011.  With Paris, McDermott now has seven European offices including Brussels, London, Milan, Rome, Düsseldorf and Munich.

The new Paris office is key to achieving the Firm’s strategy of giving quality local advice to clients in all the major economies where they conduct their business. To better meet the needs of multinational clients operating in France, McDermott’s Paris office will focus on cross-border transactions, offering the services of a number of the Firm’s key practice groups, notably corporate, tax, competition, employment and litigation.

McDermott’s Paris office will be led by Jacques Buhart, previously head of the Corporate and Competition Groups at the Paris office of Herbert Smith and one of France’s leading international lawyers. Mr Buhart, who advises a wide range of French, European, Japanese and U.S. blue-chip companies, will lead a team of five partners joining McDermott’s Paris office.

The other partners joining the Paris office are Hervé Bidaud, a leading tax lawyer with extensive experience in international taxation, from the set-up of companies to mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and transfer pricing. Before founding specialist tax firm, ArtemTax International, Mr Bidaud was an international partner at Arthur Andersen International where he was Practice Director and a member of the Management Committee.

Jacques and Hervé will be joined by Thibaud Forbin, co-head of the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Delsol Avocats, who advises French and international organisations and private equity funds on M&A, securities and listing transactions, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy law, and Jilali Maazouz, a partner in the Paris office of Bryan Cave, who represents French as well as international corporate clients in collective and individual labour & employment law matters. Jilali advises and litigates on all commercial employment issues.

The four new partners will be joined by associates from their own teams making a total of twelve lawyers in the Paris office. A further partner will join the new office imminently.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jacques and his team to the Firm,” said Peter J. Sacripanti and Jeffrey E. Stone, co-chairs of McDermott Will & Emery.  “Opening in Paris with such a high level and well-regarded team of experienced partners is an important strategic move with numerous benefits to our clients. The Paris office will allow us to service our multinational clients across all the major European financial and commercial centres while offering our French clients access to our international capabilities across the EU, the United States and Asia.”

“We are all delighted to join McDermott”, said Jacques Buhart. “The Firm’s strong capabilities in the U.S. as well as its presence across key European countries, provide an overarching platform for each of us to service French and international clients in their French and international operations and litigations. Additionally, we believe that our longstanding relationships, as former colleagues who share the same vision of advising and assisting French and international clients on their most challenging legal issues, will help us quickly become one of the major players in the Paris market.”   

 “This is a significant development for McDermott and, with over 120 lawyers now working in our European offices, is a milestone in our strategic development,” observed Hugh Nineham, head of McDermott’s European practice based in London. “With the opening of our Paris office and our distinguished new partners now onboard, McDermott can broaden the range of capabilities and services that we are able to offer our clients.”

 McDermott is one of the first international law firms to open an office in the upcoming left bank area at 23 Rue de l’Université, in a prestigious and historic former government building at the cross roads of the major law faculties, public financial institutions and the main government ministries. The building will provide space for the anticipated growth of the Paris office.



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