Morgan Lewis hires former Latham tax head in Paris

Morgan Lewis & Brockius has hired Christian Nouel, a tax partner at Paris-based STC Partners and former tax head at Latham & Watkins’ Paris office.

Nouel, who joined Morgan Lewis last week, will significantly boost the firm’s tax offering in Paris, adding to existing team which comprises of counsel Olivier Couraud and associate Antoine Le Touzé.

Nouel has advised on the tax aspects of a large number of high-profile M&A transactions and leveraged buyouts.

Commenting on the significant of Nouel’s appointment Gary Wilcox, the head of the firm’s global tax practice and former deputy chief counsel of the IRS, said: “At a time when tax enforcement creates complex challenges for companies in Europe and across the globe, Christian’s deep knowledge of French, EU, and international tax regimes is a tremendous asset to our clients.”

“Christian’s arrival not only enhances our tax capabilities, but also continues the growth of our office this year, following the arrival of a litigation team and numerous corporate attorneys,” added Jean Leygonie, managing partner of the firm’s Paris office.

The move comes as earlier this week Taylor Wessing announced it had hired Orrick Rambaud Martel property partner Alfred Fink to lead the firm’s French real estate team (4 September 2012).

Morgan Lewis launched in Paris in 2004 after poaching a 15-strong team from French independent firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie (5 April 2004).