Herbert Smith Paris hires Bouygues Travaux Publics GC

Herbert Smith has attracted the general counsel of French infrastructure company Bouygues Travaux Publics as a partner for its Paris office.

Christophe Lefort joins the UK firm’s energy and infrastructure department in France. He has previously worked primarily in-house, with over two decades of experience at Bouygues Construction and Veolia Environnement.

He has advised on projects including motorway construction in France, Australian public transport systems and the Port of Pusan in South Korea and the Port of Miami Tunnel in the US.

Lefort will be the fifth energy and infrastructure partner in Herbert Smith’s Paris office, joining a team led by Stéphane Brabant.

He is the first major hire for Herbert Smith in France this year, following the loss of corporate head Jacques Buhart to McDermott Will & Emery (25 April 2011) and a three-partner litigation and arbitration team to Allen & Overy (27 May 2011).