Taylor Wessing hikes Euro expansion plan

Taylor Wessing hikes Euro expansion plan” />The European expansion of Taylor Wessing is continuing with the launch of a local law capability in Brussels this month.

Taylor Wessing has hired three partners from former Belgian Landwell network firm Lawfort to beef up its offering in the city. Until now the firm had maintained an EU and competition outpost serviced from London and Germany.

Marc Picat, a commercial and competition specialist who spent 15 years at Land-well and Lawfort, will spearhead the team. He resigned from Lawfort in September.

Picat said Taylor Wessing’s European growth and global reach was the key attraction, singling out its China and Dubai arms.

“In the Landwell international network now there is just France and Spain, as the others have all quit for regulatory reasons,” said Picat. “After two months here it is obvious that the network is really working.”

He was joined this month by Lawfort partners Jean Van Steenwinckel in tax and Christine Flion in real estate.

Picat said the initial appr-oach from Taylor Wessing came via the firm’s Paris managing partner and also former Landwell partner Arnaud de Senilhes. He said the intention was to add employment, corporate and IP as soon as possible. Taylor Wessing’s business plan for Brussels is to grow to around 25-30 lawyers in two years.