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The head of Herbert Smith’s international banking and finance practice in Paris has been appointed global general counsel of BNP Paribas.
Georges Dirani who was also the firm’s office managing partner between 2002 and 2004, joined Herbert Smith in 2000 after a spell at Linklaters. He will leave the firm in May and take up the new post in July.
Before going into private practice Dirani was director of legal affairs at Deutsche Bank in Paris. Before that he spent five years in BNP Paribas’ legal department.
Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold said: “We’re very grateful to Georges for the major contribution he’s made to the development of the Paris office and in particular to the market standing that our banking and finance practice now enjoys.
“We congratulate Georges on this prestigious appointment, wish him every success in his new role and look forward to maintaining our links with him when he joins BNP Paribas.”