Bird & Bird targets French independent for partner drive

Bird & Bird’s Paris office has taken on its second new partner within a month, recruiting the head of public law from French independent August & Debouzy.

Jean Dominique Bloch will lead Bird & Bird’s public law team, and has been joined by two assistants from his former firm. With the hires, Bird & Bird’s public law group will now house seven lawyers.

Bloch is moving to Bird & Bird just weeks after firm’s Paris office raided another French independent Alain Bensoussan Avocats for the head of its data protection group, Ariane Mole.

Bloch joined August & Debouzy in 1997 after eight years with niche public law firm Nordmann-Lévy-Bloch.