#Simmons & Simmons has strengthened its Paris practice with the hire of corporate partner Sonia de Kondserovsky from US firm Jones Day. Kondserovsky previously headed Jones Day’s French arbitration commission before transferring to the firm’s corporate team as of counsel. She has a wide range of M&A experience, particularly in the energy and life sciences sectors. Simmons international head of corporate Damon Le Maitre-George said: “Sonia’s appointment is part of the strategic growth of the international corporate practice. She’s the sixth partner to join the international corporate team in as many months.” Other recent arrivals include Matt Rees from O’Melveny & Myers London and Vanessa Abernethy from Clyde & Co Dubai.