Lovells lands Paris private equity star

Lovells has plugged a gap in its European private equity practice with the recruitment of French private equity star Monique Sentilles-Dupont from Paris boutique Nomos.

Sentilles-Dupont is best known for French domestic mid-market work. She also shares one of Lovells’ key private equity clients 3i.

Sentilles-Dupont’s recruitment follows a flurry of activity in the Paris private equity market. Recent high-profile moves include Thomas Forschbach’s £1.5m move from Ashurst to Latham & Watkins and David Aknin’s £915,000 switch from Linklaters to Weil Gotshal & Manges last September. The departure of two such heavy-hitters has left the Paris private equity market wide open.

Sentilles-Dupont is not expected to take home the megabucks of Forschbach and Aknin. She is believed to have earned around £450,000 a year at Nomos and she will join Lovells with a small increase.

Until now, the firm has had just two relatively junior partners in Paris available for private equity work. Sentilles-Dupont will bring much-needed gravitas to Lovells’ French private equity offering, crucial in a jurisdiction that was Europe’s most active buyout market last year.