Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP has merged with French firm Gravel Leclerc & Associés and has hired four Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP lawyers, including Jean-Claude Petilon.
Petilon was formerly a senior counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf and head of the projects department.
He is qualified in French and US law and has also specialised in projects related to Africa for over 25 years (he was the founder of the African department of Coudert Brothers and headed the Paris African practice of Dewey & LeBoeuf).
Petilon is recognised as a leading expert in the areas of energy, mining, privatisations, drafting legislation and regulations, telecommunications, infrastructure, ICC and ICSID arbitration and project financing.
He features in The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers.
The move has also bolstered the firm’s international arbitration practice. Partners Serge Gravel and Jérôme Richardot focus on international arbitration. Independent Canadian arbitrator Thomas Webster, who features in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, had a close working relationship with Gravel Leclerc & Associés and sublet a room in it’s offices, which he will continue to do after the merger.
Webster is a trained mediator with experience with arbitrations subject to the laws of Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Philippines, Ethiopia, Bermuda, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Spain, Turkey, Poland and India.
He has also represented Malicorp in its ICSID case against Egypt.
Says Webster about the merger: “The development is excellent news for all concerned, giving Fasken Martineau a high-quality corporate law boutique in Paris and the Gravel Leclerc lawyers the opportunity to integrate into a broad international structure.”
The Paris team will enhance the firm’s presence in Africa, particularly in relation to projects and natural resources. With the addition of the new lawyers, Fasken Martineau now boasts more than 650 lawyers.