De Pardieu revenue shows recovery post-Leygonie exit

French independent firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei is celebrating a stellar 2005, with revenue up 16 per cent to €25m (£17m).

Turnover was up from €21.5m (£14.7m) in 2004 on the back of deals for clients such as Pernod Ricard and Wendel Investissment.

Senior partner Charles-Henri De Pardieu told The Lawyer: “We’re on the right road and the teams are starting to produce results. I think it’s quite encouraging.”

The results are a signal that the firm has recovered from 2004’s loss of a 15-lawyer team, led by former name partner Jean Leygonie, to Morgan Lewis & Bockius.

In October 2005, De Pardieu Brocas bagged corporate partner Pascale Gros from the dissolving Coudert Brothers. De Pardieu said Gros was bringing in a significant amount of work including some instructions on large restructurings.

He added that the corporate department, including the antitrust and competition team, which was hit hardest when Leygonie left, was performing strongly.