France’s legal marketplace is heavily concentrated in its capital. There are approximately 50,000 lawyers in France, almost half of whom are based in the Paris region – a phenomenon that is unlikely to change. Not only are the country’s leading companies and financial institutions based in the capital, but the Court of Paris has exclusive jurisdiction for all patent litigation and it is also the centre of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. For those looking for the leading professionals able to handle complex, cross-border matters, "There is no choice but to turn to a Paris-based lawyer.” To view the results of our research please click here.
Schjødt has appointed Siv Sandvik, one of Norway’s leading insolvency specialists, as a partner in both the restructuring and insolvency and the banking and finance practices.
Leading energy lawyer David Blumental has joined the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins as a partner in the corporate department. He joins from Vinson & Elkins.
Leading Islamic finance lawyer Philip Hyde has joined K&L Gates working out of its Tokyo and Hong Kong offices.
Following an announcement in February, leading Australian firms Thomsons Lawyers and Herbert Geer have combined their respective practices to create Thomson Geer – an 80 partner law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
German trademark lawyer Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller has joined Meissner Bolte in Bremen, Germany.
Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a leading plant health products company, has appointed Linda Moore in its newly created general counsel position. She is based in the company’s Davis, California headquarters and took up her position in March 2014.
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