Shearman switches Paris managing partners

Shearman & Sterling international arbitration head Emmanuel Gaillard has picked up the reins of the Paris office, pledging to increase dramatically the firm’s French corporate offering.

Gaillard takes over from Robert Treuhold as Paris managing partner, several years after handing over the role to Treuhold. Speaking to The Lawyer, Gaillard said the switch was due to Treuhold’s fee-earning commitments in France and the US.

“He’s doing a lot of work for French clients in the US and vice-versa, and he spends his life on the plane,” said Gaillard.

Gaillard added that he is aiming to double the size of Shearman’s corporate practice within the next three years.

“We have an aggressive plan for both lateral partner hires and home-grown partners in the corporate field,” he said, pointing out that the French market was currently buoyant and profitable.