Gide duo elected to Paris bar

Gide Loyrette Nouel partners Jean-Marie Burguburu and Olivier Cousi both triumphed in the Paris bar elections last month, bagging two of the 14 vacant council seats.

But there was disappointment for Slaughter and May as partner Antoine-Audoin Maggiar failed in his bid for election. The results mean that just six of the council’s 42 seats are now held by representatives of business law firms, despite corporate lawyers making up around a third of the Paris bar.

Cousi said he was delighted to be elected, adding that he plans to help fight for young lawyers, who are finding it increasingly difficult to find work in Paris.

Burguburu, who steps down as president of the Paris bar at the end of the month, was also elected to one of 16 empty seats on the Paris section of the French Bar Council. He will be joined by Hammonds Hausmann partner Marie-Aimée Peyron and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae’s Alain de Foucaud.

However, Yves Hughyé de Mahenge of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was unsuccessful, coming nineteenth out of the 30 candidates to just miss the cut.

De Foucaud and de Mahenge finish their three-year tenures as members of the Paris Bar Council this year.

The newly elected members, including Pierre Lévêque of independent corporate firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés, join Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Dominique Mondoloni, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Jean-Michel Tron and Clifford Chance‘s Claude Lazarus on the council.