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Freshfields counsel Vincent Lassalle joins the firm as a partner, bringing with him US-qualified senior associate Stéphanie Chalanset-Moulié.
The hire continues Reed Smith's European expansion, which has seen the firm bolster its German corporate practice with the hire of Hammonds' Munich corporate head Klaus Grossmann earlier this month.
Lassalle's practice focuses on commercial property transactions and dispute matters, advising clients including real estate funds, developers and banks. He will lead Reed Smith's French real estate practice from the Paris base.
The moves bring the number of lawyers in Reed Smith's European real estate group up to 60 and 29 in Paris.
Lassalle joined Freshfields in 2001 following a three-year stint as an associate at French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, becoming a counsel five years later.
He is the fourth lawyer to leave Freshfields for the Paris office of a US firm in the past few months, with the firm seeking to restructure its French arm. Hogan & Hartson alone has taken three partners from the magic circle firm.