US firm White & Case has swelled the ranks of the partners in its Paris branch from eight to 13, with two lateral appointments and three internal promotions.
Norbert Majerhole, who joins from Paris-based KPMG-Fidal, where he was a partner, becomes the firm's first tax partner. He is accompanied by a former colleague from KPMG-Fidal, Alexandre Ippolito, who joins White & Case as an associate and will concentrate on tax counselling litigation.
John Riggs, a partner at the Paris office, said that having a tax partner "not only complemented the corporate practice, but added an extra dimension to the office". He added that Majerhole was the only partner the firm actively went out to recruit in order to augment the office's tax capability.
The other new partner recruit is Monique Raynaud-Contamine, who is regarded as one of the leading authorities in France on banking and capital markets law. She joins as a partner from Paris firm Barthes de Montfort.
In addition to practising, Raynaud-Contamine will continue to lecture in law at the University of Paris law school, where she has been a law professor since 1979. Riggs said her appointment "adds prestige" to the firm.
The three partners promoted internally are Reinhard Damman in commercial and financial law, Vincent Morin, who concentrates on corporate and financial transactions, and Nicholas Budd, a commodities and trade finance expert.
Budd was reported earlier this year to be moving his practice to London, but Riggs claimed the move was now in doubt. "Nick's practice could be based anywhere because of the nature of his work, but because of personal reasons, he is less likely to make the move," he said.
The office also promoted international commercial arbitration expert Carroll Dorgan from associate to counsel.