Weil Gotshal's Paris launch loses partners to Watson Farley

Watson Farley & Williams has bolstered its French practice with the appointment of two partners from the new Paris office of Weil Gotshal & Manges.
Gilles Cervoni and Lucien Rapp will join Watson Farley's Paris office on 1 June.
The departures come only five months after Weil Gotshal merged with Serra Leavy & Cazals, where Cervoni and Rapp were both partners. Their hire will bring the number of partners in Watson Farley’s Paris office to four.
Cervoni was Weil Gotshal’s tax partner in Paris. Rapp specialises in regulatory work and has a particular focus on the telecoms and energy sectors.
At Watson Farley the new appointments follow the hire of former Allen & Overy senior tax associate Patricia Ianfoli as a partner in the firm’s New York office.
Chris Preston, head of Watson Farley’s international tax group said: “The recruitment of Gilles and Patricia is a deliberate move to develop our international tax based structured finance practice.”