Brown Rudnick Strengthens its International Disputes Team with Addition of Paris Office

16 Dec, 2013

Brown Rudnick LLP, an international Am Law 200 law firm,announced that it is expanding to Paris, a center of activity for international arbitration regarded as one of the world’s most prominent civil law jurisdictions.


A Paris office adds to the firm’s global footprint which includes, among other key business centers, Boston, London, New York, Washington, D.C and Southern California.


“This is a strategic decision that we believe will further strengthen our international platform and enhance our ability to assist our clients in disputes work, particularly in international arbitration,” said Joseph F. Ryan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Rudnick. “Paris is an important destination for legal advice for clients in emerging markets, especially from Francophone civil law jurisdictions such as the Middle East and North Africa where we currently are representing several significant clients and have many other client opportunities.”


Through offices in London and Paris, Brown Rudnick will be able to offer clients a highly integrated bi-lingual team of English barristers and French avocats (some dual-qualified), combining both civil and common law expertise with extensive multi-jurisdictional trial experience, and supported by a strong U.S. litigation capability.


Nicholas Tse and Sébastien Bonnard were both formerly integral members of the complex disputes and international arbitration practice at Paris-based Gide Loyrette Nouel.  Since Nicholas joined Brown Rudnick he has grown an extensive international arbitration and litigation practice representing multinationals, governments and financial institutions in multi-jurisdictional disputes.  In particular Nicholas and his team are currently conducting international arbitrations before ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, LMAA & VIAC tribunals, and have also advised on UNCITRAL and ICSID disputes. They are also conducting cases before the DIFC Courts and Dubai World Tribunal, as well as before the English Commercial Court, and in offshore common law jurisdictions.  Languages spoken by the team include English, French, Arabic, German and Russian.


Nicholas also has significant transactional experience in project finance and international commercial contracts, and is often asked to assist clients in the drafting and negotiation of major deals, particularly those into emerging markets where acute assessment and management of risks is a key issue. While at Gide, he advised a number of major French corporates and banks, as well as acting for sovereign States, on significant and complex contentious and pre-contentious matters.


Sébastien Bonnard joins Brown Rudnick’s Paris-based team along with Hervé Le Lay, also a former Gide and Lacourte attorney.  The team will also include junior associates and stagiaires.  “We are very pleased to be joining Brown Rudnick,” said Sébastien Bonnard. “With a team of common law and civil law lawyers working together in a fully integrated transmanche team, and in close coordination with our colleagues in the US, the firm provides legal solutions to clients in a truly seamless and integrated manner as one team.”


Nicholas Tse, who will lead the Paris office with Sébastien, said, “I am delighted to be re-united with Sébastien – he is a top international disputes lawyer, and has a great track record of handling international cases involving African countries, often with a French element. Together I believe we can continue to forge a formidable reputation for Brown Rudnick as a firm capable of handling the most sensitive and complex disputes with sophistication, ingenuity, and a team of dynamic lawyers who will always seek out and secure the best business solutions to the international problems our clients often face.”


Neil Micklethwaite, Head of International Disputes at Brown Rudnick, noted that, “we are now one of the largest Dispute Resolution groups in any US firm in London.  Our growth from 2 fee earners in 2009 to over 30 fee earners in 2013 is a tribute to our success in the market and the complex cross-border litigation that the group is undertaking.”

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