In Lovells with the French

Lovells is a firm that prides itself on its international reach, with a network of offices that takes in locations as diverse as Budapest, Hanoi, Munich and Tokyo.

So it’s hardly surprising that a four-year-old, four-lawyer French boutique would jump at the chance of a tie-up with the firm. Even if said tie-up takes the form of a somewhat hazy sounding “co-operation agreement”.

For Lovells, the arrangement gives access to the dominant position held by indigenous French insolvency lawyers, while Lovells can offer its new friend access to its full-service Paris offering.

The French firm’s boss seems pretty pleased with the new arrangement: “Lovells’ international network, the breadth of their business restructuring and insolvency practice in the UK and in Germany, and the full service aspect of their Paris bureau have made of this firm an obvious partner for the development of my practice.”

But why would Lovells’ normally loquacious press team be so unforthcoming with news of the new venture? Perhaps the new friend’s name, when spoken with a British tongue, could have something to do with it.

It’s sad but it’s true; Kuntz & Associés never fails to raise a puerile twitter this side of the channel. Just look at what our readershave so far said about the tie-up.


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