BLP snares Slaughters big-hitter

Slaughter and May Paris corporate finance partner Antoine-Audoin Maggiar is to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in a surprise move, ending months of speculation about his destination.

As revealed by The Lawyer (19 December 2005), Maggiar announced his intention to leave Slaughters when the firm agreed to cede its French partners to best friend Bredin Prat.

Maggiar will remain Paris-based, but a BLP spokesman stressed that the appointment did not mark a move into domestic French law or a revision of the international policy.

“He’ll have a space to work and our name will be on the door, but we’re not building a French firm or pushing into French legal work,” the spokesman said.

In addition to fee-earning work, Maggiar will be a member of BLP’s international strategy team, which focuses on project-managing cross- border transactions with BLP’s list of preferred firms.

BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: “That we’ve been able to attract someone with the international stature of Antoine is a testament to the strength of our corporate finance practice.”

Maggiar said: “BLP’s international strategy… is one that I believe delivers the most appropriate solutions for clients, something about which I’m passionate.

“I had been with an international firm for over 25 years and I wanted to stay with one. I must admit, I didn’t know [BLP] very well… but they are very interesting people.”