Herbert Smith hires Coudert Bros competition specialist

Herbert Smith has hired Coudert Brothers competition specialist Dominique Brault for its Paris office.

As first revealed on www. thelawyer.com (21 Septem-ber), Brault rejoins his former Coudert partner Jacques Buhart, who left to head the UK firm’s French corporate department in June 2003.

A former Deputy Director for Consumer and Competit-ion Affairs with the Finance Ministry, Brault was also general rapporteur with the Competition Commission, advising on competition law reforms across Europe. Formerly a consultant at Coudert, he also joins Herbert Smith as a consultant.

In 2002, France introduced new regulations making merger notification compulsory, ensuring a greater demand for competition expertise.

Coudert global co-head of arbitration Michael Polkinghorne quit for White & Case this month, but in the last fortnight Coudert took on Eduardo Silva Romero as an international arbitration partner and former EY Law tax partner Yann de Kergos.