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Taylor Wessing hikes French property team" />As first revealed last week on www.thelawyer.com, Michaela Robert will join Taylor Wessing's French office at the end of March as the firm's first dedicated Paris real estate partner.
Although Taylor Wessing Paris has a highly-rated technology, media and telecoms (TMT) practice, it is also developing its other areas of work, and the hire of Robert will strengthen its transactional real estate practice.
Currently, partner Olivier de Chazeaux carries out real estate work in Paris, but the practice is predominantly structural and advisory.
Taylor Wessing Paris managing partner Arnaud de Senilhes told The Lawyer: "We're already quite strong on the development side, but we wanted to have somebody focusing on real estate deals."
Taylor Wessing launched in the French capital in November 2003 with the hire of a 30-lawyer team from PricewaterhouseCoopers ally Landwell & Associés; it has since developed a strong offering across several practice areas.
The hire comes as De Senilhes continues to build the size of his team, which has already doubled to 62 fee-earners since its launch. Lateral hires in 2004 included litigator and former Paris Bar Council head Paul-Albert Iweins from French boutique Inbona Iweins Charpentier-Oltramare, and Richards Butler's former joint managing partner and corporate specialist Pascal Roux.