CC hires Bredin Prat star litigator for Paris office

Clifford Chance has continued to boost its French office with the hire of heavyweight litigator Jean-Pierre Grandjean from Slaughter and May best friend Bredin Prat.

This is the second lateral hire that Clifford Chance has made from the highly-regarded corporate and M&A firm. In February last year, M&A partner Dominique Bompoint also left for Clifford Chance.
The move is a major loss for Bredin Prat. “He was regarded as the number four within Bredin Prat,” said a partner at another firm.
Grandjean qualified with Bredin Prat in 1985 and has been a partner there since 1988. He specialises in civil and commercial law, M&A and contracts and white-collar crime. While at Bredin Prat he acted for high-profile clients including LVMH.
Grandjean is the ninth lateral hire the Paris office has made in the past two years. Managing partner of the Paris office Yves Wehrli said: “We came to the conclusion that there were key areas that we couldn’t wait for talented assistants to grow into.”
The hire takes the number of litigation partners in the firm’s Paris office to eight.