Ashurst Morris Crisp is taking on a tax partner in Paris from the Paris office of US firm Coudert Brothers.
Catherine Charpentier specialises in corporate transactions, with a particular focus on M&A, investment funds and international stock option schemes. She brings with her a senior associate, which brings the number of tax lawyers to four. Managing partner in Paris Christopher Crosthwaite says Charpentier will allow the office to develop its practice in all areas. "We have a senior and a junior associate, but Charpentier will add strength and depth to our practice," he said. Ashursts has recently set up a pan-European financial institutions group, which brings funds, tax and financial products all under the same roof. Crosthwaite said that increasing the tax expertise in Paris would put the office in good stead to take advantage of the new group. Although the Paris office is known for private equity and acquisition finance transactions, it is looking to develop its structured finance practice over the year.