Reed Smith returns to Hogan Lovells for Paris partner hire

US firm Reed Smith has returned to Hogan Lovells for a senior partner hire in Paris, bringing in corporate partner Isabelle MacElhone and associate Bertrand Baheu-Derras. 

The move follows Reed Smith’s launch of a Paris competition practice last April, when it hired Hogan Lovells’ antitrust, competition and economic regulation co-head Michel Debroux (10 April 2013). 

MacElhone, who began her career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, becoming a partner in 1990, will be Reed Smith’s fifth corporate partner in Paris. She joined legacy Hogan & Hartson in 2007 as head of the firm’s M&A group, maintaining the role following the firm’s merger.

Debroux joined Hogan Lovells from Clifford Chance in 2005. He is the latest in a string of hires coming into the US firm’s Paris office, with recent additions including finance partner Alexandre Tron and senior associate Olivier Borenstejn, who both joined in December from Jeantet Associés.

The last few years have been particularly busy for Reed Smith’s Paris office. It pounced on the remnants of failed firm Howrey in 2011 for the hire of partners Marina Cousté and François Jonquères, whose combined list of clients included GlaxoSmithKline, Mitsubishi, Nokia and Procter & Gamble, to launch a Paris IP practice (4 May 2011).

That year also saw Reed Smith boost its Paris corporate practice with the hire of a corporate team from Simmons & Simmons, led by partner Marc Fredj (28 September 2011).

Hogan Lovells, meanwhile, hired Metzner Associés white-collar crime partner Antonin Lévy in a bid to boost its Paris litigation capabilities in December (12 December 2013).