Société Générale appoints Bourrinet as group general counsel

Group deputy general counsel Dominique Bourrinet is to take the chief legal role at Société Générale (SocGen).

His promotion will take effect from 1 January 2014, once his predecessor Gerard Gardella begins his new post as adviser to the bank’s corporate secretary.

Bourrinet has been SocGen’s deputy GC for just three months, having previously headed legal for the corporate and investment side of the bank since 2010.

SocGen’s UK legal panel, which was last reviewed in May 2012, currently hosts firms including Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Dentons (10 May 2012).

Meanwhile, its global panel which took effect on 1 January 2012 consists of Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Simmons & Simmons alongside US firms Baker & McKenzie, Jones Day, Paul Hastings and Shearman & Sterling. French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel and the legal limb of PricewaterhouseCoopers also feature (16 December 2011). 

The move is the second general counsel promotion at SocGen since November, when the group named Christopher Davies as its new general counsel for legal compliance in Asia Pacific.

Davies was the group’s head of compliance before the appointment, which saw him relocated to Hong Kong. His predecessor Mark Duncan became general counsel for SocGen’s global banking and investor solutions arm, based in the group’s Paris headquarters (18 November 2013).