UK firm Richards Butler and Swiss law firm Chabrier & Partners (Geneva) have signed an agreement to form an association.
The purpose of this arrangement is to exploit each firm’s expertise in international trade and energy. Switzerland and, in particular, Geneva is a major business centre for commodity and energy trading and trade finance and a number of Richards Butler's premier clients have significant trading presences in Switzerland
Head of Richards Butler's international trade and commodities group, Kyri Evagora said: "Above all, the association and our increased presence in Geneva underlines our firm's commitment to meeting the needs of our clients who have trading operations in Geneva.”
Richards Butler, whose partners have voted overwhelmingly in favour of merging with US law firm Reed Smith has a respected commodities practice, which it hopes will complement Reed Smith’s US trade practice.
Richards Butler’s relationship with Patrick Chabrier, head of Chabrier & Partners, can be traced back over 20 years to when they worked together during his time acting as counsel for Continental Grain before establishing Chabrier & Partners in 2002. Since then, there has been a continual flow of referral work between the two firms.