Richards Butler expands with Klein Goddard hires

The Paris office of Richards Butler is continuing expansion plans by moving to new premises and poaching a partner and two assistants.

Theodore Goddard's associated firm Klein Goddard Associés has lost former national tax inspector Jean-Luc Bouton. His two assistants Karine Abbou and Arnaud Lehericy-Landsberg have joined him.

Richards Butler is making lateral hires to strengthen the corporate finance team. Bouton will provide a tax capability for the first time to enhance the capital investments expertise brought in by corporate partner Sebastien Burget, who joined in April 2000. Bouton previously worked at Arthur Andersen.

The managing partner of Richards Butler's Paris office Mike Mackenzie-Smith says: “We're very pleased, as Bouton is a specialist in international tax conventions and can advise on group acquisitions across jurisdictions.”

Klein Goddard has replaced Bouton with tax expert Georges Porlier. Head of corporate at the firm John Sell says: “We're delighted to have him, as Porlier also has French and international tax expertise, although we're disappointed to lose Jean-Luc Bouton.”

Klein Goddard has moved into larger premises, and Mackenzie-Smith hints that the firm will make another lateral hire next week and that it plans to take on further recruits in the coming months.

“Moving is disruptive and expensive,” says Mackenzie-Smith. “The idea of doubling the size of our premises is to facilitate further expansions in other departments.”

The corporate finance team at Richards Butler comprises 10 lawyers, including three partners.