Thill-Tayara joins as head of competition, regulatory and EU capability, bringing with her Marta Giner, who will be an of counsel, and Aymeric De Moncui,t who joins as an associate. Norton Rose will also hire a second associate from Salans.
Together they fill the gap left by the departure of ex-Paris competition head Laure Givny, who left last year for De Pardieu Brocas Maffei after seven years as an associate at Norton Rose. Since then Norton Rose Paris has had no on-the-ground competition capability, but was serviced for this area out of Brussels and London.
George Paterson, international managing partner of Norton Rose’s Paris office, said: “The French legislator recently adopted an in-depth reform of the competition regime resulting in the creation of a new competition authority and the reform of the merger control regime.
“These developments will have a significant impact on the businesses operating in France. We’re delighted to welcome on board Mélanie and her team. They have a strong market reputation especially in life sciences and consumer goods and will strengthen our position in France and in Europe.”
A spokesperson for Salans said: “Melanie has spent a number of years building up our French competition practice, which will now be taken over by Emmanuelle Van Den Broucke. We wish Melanie the best of professional and personal success in contributing to a French competition presence at her new firm.
“For Salans, we continue to globalise our core practice areas such as competition, where our priorities remain on building out our very successful practices in Paris, Warsaw, Berlin and London to embrace newer markets in the wider CEE, CIS and China.”