Winston & Strawn raids Salans Paris for disputes team

Winston & Strawn has bagged a three-lawyer team from Salans’ Paris office in a move to strengthen its arbitration and litigation practices.

Salans partner Bruno Leurent joined Winston & Strawn as a partner at the end last year, along with two associates.

The hires bring the number of partners at Winston & Strawn in Paris to 14, and follow the appointment of Shearman & Sterling European counsel Robert Flanigan in October 2005 as a partner in the firm’s corporate team.

Leurent acts both as counsel and arbitrator and is on a number of international arbitration panels.

Paris managing partner Vincent Sol said the hires complemented an already strong litigation and arbitration team in France working with a “unique team” worldwide.

Sol added that Leurent’s arrival would be followed by further appointments in Paris across a range of practice areas over the course of the next two years, and that the aim was to increase the size of the office to 60 lawyers in that period.

Salans wished them well.