French partners team up for boutique launch

A new corporate boutique has been created through the merger of teams from two existing small Paris firms, led by six partners with experience of international practices including Clifford Chance.

Dethomas Peltier Kopf Juvigny (DPKJ) has been formed through the merger of Dethomas Kopf, a boutique founded just last year, with a team from established boutique Vigiué Schmidt Peltier Juvigny. Partners Frédéric Peltier and Olivier de Juvigny have led a team of associates, including senior lawyers Didier Fornoni and Thibaut Reymond who become partners at DPKJ, to the new firm.

The founding partners of DPKJ bring experience at firms including Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell and French firms such as Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and legacy Rambaud Martel.

Dethomas Kopf was founded last year by Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral partner Arthur Dethomas and Scott & Associés partner François Kopf. Vigiué Schmidt Peltier Juvigny was set up in 2009, when M&A and ­litigation boutique Viguié Schmidt merged with a competition firm led by de Juvigny and Inaki Saint-Esteban. Clifford Chance partner Peltier joined shortly after the merger (15 June 2009), bringing Fornoni with him from the magic circle firm.

DPKJ will offer corporate transactional and dispute resolution advice, including issues such as restructuring and white-collar crime.

The firm is launching with 10 associates as well as the six founding partners, but Fornoni told The Lawyer it plans to grow in the future.