Latham & Watkins has lost a second partner in France following its merger with the Paris office of Stibbe.
Tax partner Eric Ginter has joined the French law firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés. Ginter specialises in business taxation and personal tax, domestic and international restructuring, structured finance of assets and complex tax litigation. Lefèvre partner Simon Lowe said that the firm wanted Ginter because of his reputation for handling international tax work. "We want to become more international. We used to be a top property firm in France but over the last five years we have started offering a full service and recently we established various departments," he said. "Previously we had partners dealing with French national tax issues but Ginter will bring an international capacity." However, Ginter said he joined Lefèvre because it had a small tax department and because he would be able to continue to service his domestic clients.
"It is to do with the merger with Lathams that I am leaving Stibbe. I felt I would be more comfortable in a French firm than in a US one" Eric Ginter, Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés
"It is to do with the merger with Lathams that I am leaving Stibbe. When I quit the ministry of finance I was head of the ruling department and I felt I would be more comfortable in a French firm than in a US firm," he said. Although Stibbe was an international firm he said that its clients were often domestic. "I do want to work in an international firm but I also want to keep my clients," he said. "I thought that the type of work that Lathams does is not exactly what I do. They do a lot of large transactions for US clients whereas a lot of my clients are French." Ginter's move follows the departure of EU competition partner Hughes Calvet who left Lathams' Paris office to join Bredin Prat on 1 September.