Linklaters boosts Paris arbitration group with four lateral hires

Linklaters has expanded its Paris arbitration group with the hire of a three-partner team from Paris-based Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

In what will be a boost for the firm in Paris Linklaters has hired duo Pierre Duprey and Matthieu de Boisséson, who created the arbitration team at Paris-based Darrois Villey as well as Roland Ziadé from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton where he was counsel. Arbitrator Boisséson is also a door tenant with Littleton Chambers.

The firm has also added Andew Plump from Darrois Villey as counsel.

De Boisséson is an experienced arbitrator who oversaw around 90 cases as co-arbitrator or chairman in the International Chamber of Commerce as well as a series of arbitrations in the construction, telecommunications, oil, and mining and pharmaceuticals industries. The set said he would maintain his tenancy at chambers while also becoming a partner at the magic circle firm. 

Duprey arrives from Darrois Villey where he spent 11 years as a partner in international arbitration and international litigation alongside Plump. 

The three new recruits are the latest imports to Linklaters’ Paris offering, boosted recently by the hire of capital markets partner Bertrand Sénéchal from Shearman & Sterling (11 July 2013).

The move represents significant investment into the international disputes practice, which has seen just two partner hires this year both from Herbert Smith Freehills. Partner Nikunj Kiri joined the firm in January in London (29 January 2013) followed in August by the hire of Asia disputes head Gavin Lewis, who joined the firm in Hong Kong (16 August 2013).

At the beginning of the year the firm lost three partners, a consultant and an associate from its capital markets team to US firm White & Case (28 February 2013).

Nevertheless, the firm has been taking on laterals across its international offices in recent months including Haarmann Hemmelrath co-founder Wilhelm Haarmann to Frankfurt in February (21 February 2013) and the recruitment of Allen & Overy partner David Kidd as its first head of Asia restructing and insolvency (3 September 2012).