Coudert Paris hit by yet another lawyer loss

Herbert Smith has hired Coudert Brothers’ competition specialiast Dominique Brault to its Paris office.

Brault re-joins his former Coudert partner Jacques Buhart who left the firm to head the UK firm’s French cor…


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

Brault re-joins his former Coudert partner Jacques Buhart who left the firm to head the UK firm’s French corporate department in June 2003.

A former deputy director for Consumer and Competition Affairs with the Finance Ministry, Brault was also general rapporteur with the Competition Commission. He advised on drafting competition law reforms across a range of European jurisdictions.

Formerly an associate at Coudert Brothers, Brault joins Herbert Smith as a consultant.

In 2002, France introduced new competition regulations relating to merger control, which made merger notification compulsory. The move has ensured a greater demand for competition expertise among law firms with French operations.

The departure is the latest in a growing tide of defections from Coudert Brothers’ European network and follows that of global co-head of arbitration, Michael Polkinghorne to White & Case earlier this month. Although over the past two weeks the firm recruited Eduardo Silva Romero as an international arbitration partner and former EY Law tax partner Yann de Kergos.