Latham plunders Sokolow for nine-lawyer team

Latham & Watkins’ Paris office has raided independent French firm Sokolow Dunaud Mercadier & Carreras for a nine-lawyer litigation team including name partner Patrick Dunaud.

The Latham haul is another huge blow for Sokolow, which lost an 11-lawyer team, including another name partner Jean-Francois Mercadier, to Norton Rose at the end of 2003.

Partners Emmanuel Drai and Judith Vuillez and six associates join Dunaud at Latham & Watkins.

Sokolow Dunaud Mercadier & Carreras were not available for comment.