Howrey breakaway firm boosts partner ranks ahead of launch

The boutique firm formed by Howrey’s European IP team has made a further five partner hires in time for its official launch.

Hoyng Monégier launched on 1 January with 19 partners and 30 associates based across Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid and Paris.

As well as 14 partners joining from Howrey, the firm has brought on board De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek partner Simon Dack and counsel Marlou van de Braak as partners in Amsterdam. Simont Braun partner Benoit Michaux joins as a partner in Brussels, while the partner ranks in Paris are boosted by Marie Georges-Picot from Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral and Sophie Micallef from LMBE Avocats.

The split from Howrey was first announced in October (11 October 2010). At the time Willem Hoyng, then Howrey’s Europe managing partner and now managing partner of Hoyng Monégier, said client conflicts were behind the group’s decision to leave.

Name partner Denis Monégier du Sorbier said many “if not all” existing clients had chosen to retain the team for IP work.

Meanwhile, French firm August & Debouzy has announced an expansion of its IP group in Paris. Grégoire Desrousseaux joins the firm as a partner from Hirsch & Associés along with associate Ashvane Fowdar. Patent attorney François Pochart also joins as a partner with two other patent attorneys becoming August & Debouzy associates.