Winston wins Govt man for Paris expansion

Winston & Strawn has made its second French partner hire in a month as it launches a Paris-based administrative law practice.

Frédéric Scanvic joins Winston along with an associate. He previously held a series of high-profile posts with the French government. During the past few years he has been a government commissioner at the Supreme Court and most recently held a Civil Service position, which included time as a cabinet member for the Ministry of Culture.

Scanvic is Winston’s first partner in France to specialise in administrative law. He will also work with the firm’s environmental law practice.

Paris managing partner Vincent Sol said: “We discovered that there were lots of synergies in M&A and, of course, the construction practice. We want to grow, because in this business if you don’t grow you get stagnation.”

The hire comes shortly after the arrival of arbitration specialist Bruno Leurent from Salans, who joined Winston in December 2005.