LeBoeuf poaches fourth Freshfields partner

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has hired its fourth partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the past week, with Paris arbitration partner Eric Schwartz to join the firm’s French arm in November.

Schwartz’s move follows that of London-based real estate and environmental group partners John Bowman, Graham Prentice and Paul Watchman, revealed first on www.thelawyer.com (30 August 2006).

Schwartz specialises in major infrastructure projects, oil and gas and telecommunications disputes, and is a former secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration.

All four partners will join LeBoeuf on 1 November, along with Blake Lapthorn Linell environment head Nicholas Rock, a former Freshfields associate.

LeBoeuf established its international arbitration practice last year with the hire of Arthur Mariott QC from Debevoise & Plimpton, offering upwards of $2m annually for three years to kick-start the practice.

The departing Freshfields partners are among the 30 taking advantage of the favourable terms offered by the firm before it introduces changes to its pension scheme.

As first reported in The Lawyer (31 July 2006), 30 Freshfields partners will retire from its partnership on 1 November to lock in their entitlement to the firm’s old pensions package.