Couderts recruits top European academic

INTERNATIONAL firm Coudert Brothers has taken on top European law expert David O'Keeffe as counsel.

O'Keeffe is professor of European law at the University of London and director of University College London's Centre for the Law of the European Union. He will work mainly in the London, Brussels and Paris offices.

He is an expert in financial services legislation, trade law, insurance and pensions regulation, and competition law. O'Keeffe worked for Couderts in Brussels from 1984 to 1985 before moving to the European Court of Justice where he spent six years specialising in community law.

O'Keeffe will continue with his academic work which also includes roles as a professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and visiting professor at the University of Sienna.

He says he decided to go back into private practice after leaving his position last year as head of law and holder of the Allen & Overy chair of European law at Durham University.

“When I moved back to London I wanted to do some practice with a firm with a genuine international vision, and Coudert Brothers is that firm,” says O'Keeffe. “It's a totally international firm, both in terms of clients and lawyers working there.

“They're also very interested in building up their European law capabilities in London and that's why we make a good fit.”