Dechert Paris lures French ace

Dechert has ramped up its Paris office by hiring its first French national partner from Winston & Strawn.

Corporate partner Bertrand Caradet is understood to be bringing a hefty client base with him and also has relationships with some existing clients. He specialises in investment management, corporate finance and capital markets work.

Paris managing partner Joseph Smallhoover, who is US and French-qualified, said it was important for international firms to offer a French and Anglo-Saxon perspective.

“I particularly have a certain amount of expertise [in investment management] in France, but the one thing I’m not is French.

“Bertrand brings added expertise, a little bit more muscle and… a French point of view and French contacts… He is the flip side of the coin to me, which has been blank until now.”