Expansion signals new Paris focus for Hogan

Washington DC-based Hogan & Hartson has taken its first lateral partner since losing the majority of its associated Paris office to Piper Rudnick (now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) last summer. The firm is also sending a heavyweight management partner to Paris to spearhead a renewed growth drive.

French corporate partner Jean-Marc Franceschi joins Hogan’s new Paris office from Jones Day together with senior associate Alice Laroque, while William Curtin will fly in from Washington DC as strategic development partner to coordinate an ambitious expansion plan.

“We have space committed to accommodate 15 to 20 attorneys with a view to expanding beyond that number in accordance with client demand,” Curtin told The Lawyer.

For regulatory reasons Hogan has never had its own office in Paris, but was associated with Cariddi Mee Rué. Since the group of lawyers’ defection to Piper, Hogan was freed from the regulatory restrictions. It registered its own name with the Paris bar and moved to new offices in the legal district.

“We practise at the intersection of business and government, that’s our niche,” said Curtin. “That’s the view and the strategic direction that we wanted to go down and it wasn’t shared by those French lawyers.”

Telecoms expert Winston Maxwell was the sole Cariddi partner to stay with Hogan. Franceschi and Laroque are the first concrete signs of the firm’s new recruitment drive.

Jones Day managing partner for Paris Wesley Johnson said: “I have the highest regard for Jean-Marc. He will be the French partner of the operation. It’s great for him and there’s no hard feelings.”