France’s Veil Jourde launches competition group with Winston & Strawn team

French firm Veil Jourde has capped off a strong 2014 with the hire of a competition team from Winston & Strawn led by partner Emmanuel Tricot.

Tricot is joining the firm along with three associates to launch a competition practice for Veil Jourde. 

The hires follow a positive 2014 for the firm, which recorded growth of between 12 and 14 per cent across all its existing departments and brought in turnover of almost €20m (£15.2m), according to co-founder Jean Veil.

Veil told The Lawyer that the firm had been looking for a competition team for two years to complement its corporate and contentious practices. He said the firm had wanted to bring on board several lawyers at once, led by a partner of a similar generation to those managing its other departments, and had finally found the end of their search in Tricot.

Tricot brings experience in a series of international firms, having joined Winston & Strawn in 2009 from legacy Hogan & Hartson. He previously worked at Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins.

The competition department will work alongside lawyers at Veil Jourde with experience in EU and public law, including former government official Emmanuel Glaser (30 March 2011).

The firm now has 55 lawyers, including 19 partners. Veil said it was targeting revenue of around €22m for the current year.

Meanwhile Pinsent Masons has also hired a partner from Winston & Strawn in Paris, recruiting tax lawyer Franck Lagorce from the US firm. 

Lagorce advises institutional investors and corporations on corporate tax matters, as well as on real estate investment. His hire follows Pinsent Masons’ appointment of tax partner Eugénie Berthet from Marccus Partners in 2013 (3 September 2013).