Norton Rose turns to HogLove for latest Paris hire

Norton Rose has continued its hiring spree in Paris with the appointment of Hogan Lovells partner Jon Harry.

Harry brings the number of Norton Rose’s French lateral hires this year to four, following the arrival of DLA Piper IP and IT partner Marc d’Haultfoeuille, Willkie Farr & Gallagher corporate specialist Stéphane Sabatier and Simmons & Simmons employment partner Laure Joncour.

Meanwhile, his departure from Hogan Lovells is another dent in the firm’s French corporate practice, which lost partners Pascal de Moidrey and Alexis Terray to Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker in February.

Fellow corporate partner Pierre Todorov also left the firm, to become general counsel at Peugeot Citroen, while tax partner Hervé Israël departed for Holman Fenwick & Willan in March.

A spokesperson for Hogan Lovells said: “They all had individual reasons for moving on. We have four corporate partners and 20 associates (including three counsel) in the Paris office and we are very confident that we can cover the needs of our clients with this team.”

Harry’s practice covers large corporate transactions as well as investment fund and leveraged buyouts (LBOs). He recently acted on behalf of Willis Group on their LBO investment of Gras Savoye and on the acquisition of nCipher by Thales.

Between 2006 and 2009 Harry headed Lovells’ French corporate department.

His arrival brings the number of partners in Norton Rose’s French corporate team to seven. Paris managing partner George Paterson said the hire confirmed the firm’s commitment to build a “first-rate Paris corporate team” to work with French and international clients.