Brown Rudnick raids Gide for London disputes team

US firm Brown Rudnick has poached a disputes partner and his team from Gide Loyrette Nouel in London.

Nicholas Tse, who spent 11 years at Gide and founded its international dispute resolution practice, has joined Brown Rudnick as a partner. English and French-qualified Tse brings with him a team of three associates and one stagiaire (a French position, just below associate level).

Tse advises multinationals, governments and financial institutions on international arbitration and litigation, specialising in commercial disputes. His team will form part of Brown Rudnick’s litigation and arbitration group, which is led by Neil Micklethwaite in London.

Tse and his team bring with them a number of live arbitrations, including one $500m dispute between two prominent Middle East broadcasters.

“Together with the talent, energy and experience of the international litigation team that Brown Rudnick has assembled in the US and London, I believe that we will be a go-to firm for handling major multi-jurisdictional disputes, in arbitration and before State courts, both in England and in foreign jurisdictions such as Paris, the DIFC Court in Dubai, and across the Middle East and Africa,” said Tse, adding that he admired Brown Rudnick’s entrepreneurial flair in building an outbound international practice without offices, which can end up as just cost centres.

Brown Rudnick has eight partners and 12 associates across its disputes team, which comprises litigation, arbitration, and insolvency and restructuring, which is primarily focused on contentious work.

Brown Rudnick has five offices across the US, as well offices in Dublin and London.