Eversheds is turning its sights to Europe as it takes on lawyers in both Brussels and Paris
François Sage has joined the firm's intellectual property department in Paris as a partner. He joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers' legal arm Landwell, where he was joint head of intellectual property. Sage, whose clients include multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive, electronics, publishing and media sectors, will work closely with the intellectual property department in London and with its associate firm in Amsterdam, Boekel De Nerée. He will focus on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, including multi-jurisdiction patent, trademark, copyright and design issues. He is also experienced in IT and internet law. Victor Semmons, head of international at Eversheds, said: "We're driving the Paris practice forward because we want to be a full service firm there. The office is strong in M&A, but mainly in inward investment in France. We want to broaden that and Sage has a lot of French clients.
"The office is strong in M&A, but mainly in inward investment in France" Victor Semmens, Eversheds
"We also want to build up our property and banking practice." In Brussels, Koen Byttebier, who is currently a professor of law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, joins the firms as of counsel. Eversheds' Brussels office mainly serves clients in Asia that want advice on anti-dumping law. However, Semmons said that the firm wants to broaden its services to include the Belgian domestic market. Byttebier is a strong banking and corporate lawyer and his role will be to develop the firm's Belgian practice. There is currently only one Eversheds partner based in Brussels.