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France in Brief

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 boosts restructuring practice with key hire

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 global arbitrators combine to launch Three Crowns

Three Crowns' founding partners

Following an announcement in February, Jan Paulsson, Constantine Partasides, Georgios Petrochilos, Gaëtan Verhoosel and Todd Wetmore have settled into their new firm Three Crowns launched yesterday.

Latham & Watkins hires top energy expert in Hong Kong

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.

K&L Gates hires top finance partner in Asia

Leading Islamic finance lawyer Philip Hyde has joined K&L Gates working out of its Tokyo and Hong Kong offices.

Thomson Geer launches in Australia

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.

Meissner Bolte boosts IP practice with the help of Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller

German trademark lawyer Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller has joined Meissner Bolte in Bremen, Germany.

In-house counsel veteran Linda Moore joins Marrone Bio Innovations

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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