Fieldfisher hires three to grow its Paris partner tally to 16

Fieldfisher has added a trio of partners to its Parisian office, bulking up its competition, corporate and tax practices.

Two of the three hail from French firm UGGC Avocats – tax partner Antoine Gabizon and corporate partner Pascal Squercioni. Gabizon, who specialises in corporate tax, has been at UGGC since being admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996 and made partner in 2003. Meanwhile, Squercioni became a partner at the firm in 2000 having joined in 1992. 

The pair are to be joined by competition partner Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses, who co-founded the small Parisian firm YGMA in 2004.

Fieldfisher’s new additions bring the firm’s total number of Parisian advisers up to 19 lawyers and 16 partners.

Managing partner Michael Chissick said in a statement: “Our Paris office has been one of Fieldfisher’s big success stories in recent years, and Pascal, Antoine and Anne-Laure-Hélène’s arrival is a sign of our commitment to building our presence in France.”

The firm launched in the French capital in 2007 through the hire of seven partners from former ally Dubarry (31 October 2007), restructuring the office two years later (25 May 2009).

Fieldfisher’s revenue broke through the £100m barrier for the first time in 2013/14, increasing by 9.5 per cent from £95m to £104m. Its net profit increased by 12 per cent, from £21m to £23.5m, while its average profit per equity partner inched up by 3 per cent from £402,000 to £415,000 (7 July 2014).

US firms Foley Hoag and Reed Smith have also been growing their Paris offerings in 2014 – the former adding White & Case arbitrator Philippe Sarrailhe in July (2 July 2014), and the latter hiring corporate partner Isabelle MacElhone from Hogan Lovells in January (31 January 2014).