Partner quits Cleary for client Sanofi

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton corporate partner Laurent Cohen-Tanugi has jumped ship to become general counsel at French pharmaceutical company and client Sanofi-Synthélabo.

The move should reinforce Cleary Gottlieb’s relationship with the company, which is partially owned by cosmetics giant L’Oreal.

The firm advised Sanofi on the initial listing of its ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange in July 2002. It also assisted with some major transactions, including its acquisition of the Sterling Winthrop division of Eastman Kodak and on the worldwide joint venture with Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Cohen-Tanugi joined Cleary in 1982 and became a partner in 1991. He succeeds Jean-Pierre Kerjouan at Sanofi, who will remain as adviser to the chairman.6