DLA Piper makes Paris partner hires from Dentons, Fried Frank

DLA Piper has continued the growth of its Paris office with the hire of partners from Dentons and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

The firm has picked up Fried Frank partner David Chijner and European counsel Noam Anrki, who joins DLA Piper as a partner, to strengthen its restructuring team. Meanwhile Antoine Mercier joined last week as a partner in the real estate team from Dentons.

Chijner has been a partner at Fried Frank since 2005, having joined the firm from Weil Gotshal & Manges to head up its restructuring practice (8 November 2005).

The arrival of Chijner and Ankri follows last year’s merger between DLA Piper and corporate boutique Frieh Bouhenic (27 August 2012).

DLA Piper Paris restructuring head Pierre-Alain Bouhenic said the hires were a key step in the firm’s development in France.

“The development of the international dimension of our restructuring department was a priority this year to meet the needs of our clients who are multiplying their activities abroad,” said Bouhenic.

Meanwhile Mercier was previously a partner at Dentons legacy firm Salans, where he advised clients such as the Blackstone Group on real estate matters. He brings a team of five lawyers to DLA Piper from Dentons.

Earlier this year Dentons’ litigation head in Paris, Constantin Achillas, left the firm for Bryan Cave with lawyer Jean-Norbert Pontier (4 June 2013).