Paris steps on the recruitment carousel

It’s becoming a trend. Every September, when things start to return to normal after the summer, the Paris recruitment market explodes.

This year things have been particularly busy, with hires by both long-established outfits in Paris as well as some relative newcomers.

A year ago DLA Piper was announcing a merger with corporate boutique Frieh Bouhenic. The firm has now gone to Fried Frank and Dentons to add to its offering, bolstering its ranks with three partners including Fried Frank restructuring head David Chijner.

Pinsent Masons has also been celebrating a one-year anniversary, turning to Marccus Partners for a tax partner. Eugénie Berthet rejoins former colleagues at the UK firm. Clifford Chance counsel Peter Rosher has also joined Pinsents in a boost for the firm’s arbitration team.

Other firms to hire include King & Spalding, which has picked up rated North Africa specialist Mehdi Haroun and a team of four from Herbert Smith Freehills. Field Fisher Waterhouse as well as Baker & McKenzie, Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés, Olswang and Stephenson Harwood have all also made lateral hires.

The last time hiring was at such levels in Paris was in 2011, and many firms went on to have good years. Let’s hope the same proves true in 2013.

PS. The entry deadline for The Lawyer European Awards 2014 has been extended until 30 September, giving you a little longer to get those submissions in.

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