DLA Piper has expanded its employment team in Paris with the hire of partner Philippe Danesi from Bird & Bird.
Danesi has joined the firm with associate Marie-Astrid Bethonod, also from Bird & Bird. Fellow associate Carole Hériot is due to join the team soon from Flichy Grangé Avocats.
The news comes as DLA Piper prepares to merge in Paris with corporate boutique Frieh Bouhenic (27 August 2012). The merger will significantly increase the size of the office, notably its transactional teams.
Danesi’s hire brings the number of lawyers in DLA Piper’s French employment team to four partners and 12 lawyers.