LeBoeuf lures Freshfields Paris partner

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has continued its hiring spree of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners, hiring insolvency specialist Philippe Hameau in Paris.

As first revealed on www. thelawyer.com (10 January), Hameau had been a partner at Freshfields’ Paris operation since 1997 and is the third Paris-based Freshfields partner to join LeBoeuf in the past few months.

He joins former Freshfields colleagues Yves Huyghé de Mahenge, managing partner of LeBoeuf Paris, and arbitration partner Eric Schwartz.

Huyghé de Mahenge quit Freshfields after leaving the partnership for a consulting role on 1 November 2006 to take advantage of changes to the pension scheme. Schwartz announced his departure for LeBoeuf in September 2006.

LeBoeuf also hired London-based real estate and environmental group partners John Bowman, Graham Prentice and Paul Watchman from Freshfields in August 2006.

Hameau becomes LeBoeuf’s seventh Paris partner and its first dedicated bankruptcy and corporate recovery partner. He will also handle litigation for the health and life sciences sector.

Huyghé de Mahenge said: “[Hameau’s] knowledge of bankruptcy and corporate restructuring fits in perfectly with the strategy of development for the Paris office.”