Gide Loyrette Nouel is further strengthening its London finance capability with the hire of a tax partner from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft.
Anthony Davis becomes Gide’s seventh London partner and the first to specialise in tax work. His career has spanned partnerships at Lovells, Ernst & Young and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft. He has also been a senior policy adviser for the Inland Revenue.
The hire comes after a strong year for the firm internationally: it reported a growth in turnover of 15 per cent in 2004, with global revenues up from e142m (£75.4m) in 2003 to e163.3m (£86.7m) last year. Gide also continued with its international expansion strategy, opening an office in Serbia and Montenegro in May, consolidating its Central and Eastern European reputation.
China has also been a lucrative jurisdiction for the firm, which is acting as counsel to the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) on several strategic projects, including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
It also secured 12,000sq ft of office space in London’s CityPoint complex and added an of counsel to its operation in Algiers. Gide now carries out 40 per cent of its activities outside France after several years of growth, driven by managing partner Gérard Tavernier.