Stephenson Harwood has appointed a new partner to develop the Paris office’s litigation practice. Specialising in banking, finance, insurance and commercial litigation, Barthélemy Cousin has more than 20 years’ experience advising numerous major French and international companies in the banking, insurance, energy and transportation sectors.
Cousin joins from Norton Rose, where he was head of the French litigation department and has been a partner for the past eight years.
His experience covers insolvency, court restructuring and security enforcement work focusing largely on enforcement of security for banks, asset financing issues and asset repossessions for the benefit of institutional creditors.
Cousin has represented French and international banks mostly on French law-related matters including representing a major French bank in bankruptcy and liquidation matters. He has worked on numerous general commercial litigation issues, including large French corporates on contractual disputes.
Cousin is one of the leading litigators on behalf of French banks in relation to insurance claims in large-scale frauds perpetrated on banks. He also has extensive experience in African litigation.
Cousin has also appointed a team of three associates to help set up the new practice.
In other news, senior counsel Michel Bauer is set to join the office in the finance practice. Bauer is a specialist in finance law with more than 30 years’ experience working with French and international investment banks. His expertise extends to all areas of bank finance, particularly asset-based, structured finance, syndicated loans and export finance.
Bauer joins Stephenson Harwood from Crédit Agricole CIB where he led the London-Paris legal team in charge of financing.