Lovells installs new boss as part of French management overhaul

Lovells has revamped its management structure in France, appointing employment head Philippe Thomas as managing partner.

Thomas will be assisted by a new-look management committee of three partners consisting of Richard Jadot, litigation specialist Thomas Rouhette and M&A specialist Alexis Terray.

Rouhette will be in charge of the financial management of the Lovells Paris office, Jadot will be responsible for business development and Terray will handle recruitment.

Lovells’ former managing partner for Paris Robert Follie has become senior partner for the office. Follie was managing partner for 10 years before the move.

Thomas will be responsible for the strategy of the office as well as managing relationships with Lovells’ long-term institutional clients. At 43 years’ old, he is one of the younger partners in the Paris office. He joined the firm in 1997 from Goldsmith & Associés and made partner in 2000.

Thomas will continue to manage his practice at the firm, aided by six associates, focusing on the employment side of M&A transactions and employee benefits.

Lovells has a substantial presence in Paris, employing more than 100 lawyers in total. Its 19 partners bring in around e23m (£15.18m).

The move follows a change in management structure at Lovells in Italy towards the end of last year, which saw Leah Dunlop installed as senior partner for the region following the departure of managing partner Paolo Criscione. Dunlop created separate managing partners for both Milan and Rome, appointing Marco Rota Candiani as Milan head.