Hogan Lovells partner sets up Paris litigation boutique

Hogan Lovells Paris partner Jean-Georges Betto has quit the firm to launch his own litigation boutique, taking three other staff with him.

Betto, an international arbitration specialist, launched the boutique, Betto Seraglini, in recent weeks. Counsel Gaelle Lequillec, associate Alexandre Reynaud and Elsa Nicolet have all joined the firm.

According to the new firm’s website, Betto is “gathering 10 lawyers from top law firms” to staff the boutique.

Betto is also a tenant at Quadrant Chambers and acts both as arbitrator and counsel in proceedings conducted under the ICC Rules of Arbitration in Paris, London, Geneva, Lausanne, and Brussels.

Hogan Lovells only recently hired Carmen Nuñez-Lagos from Bredin Prat into the Paris international arbitration practice. With the four departures, the team is now made up of 15 fee earners, including two partners and eight associates.

Patrick Sherrington, head of litigation and arbitration, said: “While we are sorry to see Jean-Georges move on, with the recent arrival of Carmen Núñez-Lagos and the established practice of Laurent Gouiffès, supported by a team of associates, our Paris arbitration practice remains a very strong, market leading, practice”.

The Paris practice includes clients in the defence, construction, energy and investment sectors.

Betto could not be contacted for comment.