Simmons & Simmoffs

Simmons & Simmons is getting a bit careless with its partners – the firm has lost five of the blighters since August.

Paris corporate partner Marc Fredj is the latest to go, turning up at Reed Smith (see story) and dashing leaky Simmons’ hopes that he might have just fallen down the back of the sofa.

Two of Fredj’s associates have gone along for the ride, too. Fredj did spend eight years at Simmons, so it’s only right that he takes a couple of reminders of the place with him to his new home.

Fredj specialises in private equity and cross-border M&A, in particular in advising clients active in renewable energy and life sciences matters.

In May, Reed Smith’s Paris office picked up some IP partners from the wreckage of failed firm Howrey (see story). Clearly the firm is in hiring mode.

Over the past two months, Simmons has also lost partners in Hong Kong, London, Dubai, Doha and Frankfurt.

An edict that all partners at the firm must now wear bells around their necks so the firm can hear them coming and going has almost certainly not been issued. Yet.


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