Coudert loses French public policy head

Beleaguered Coudert Brothers has lost its public policy head in France to French independent Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent.

Catherine Jeancolas joins former DLA ally Ginestié to create a public policy department. She joined Coudert from Willkie Farr & Gallagher in 1998.

Ginestié is also bringing on board another former Coudert lawyer to head up its litigation department. Emmanuelle Bouretz joins from Herbert Smith, where she was an associate. Previously she worked at Coudert for four years.

The loss of Jeancolas follows several weeks of turmoil at Coudert, which lost its London and Moscow offices to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Orrick also poached Coudert’s former Paris managing partner, George Yates, in May this year.

A spokesperson for Coudert Brothers had no comment.