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Top five New York-based firm Shearman & Sterling has elected a non-New York partner to its executive policy committee for the first time ever. The managing partner of the Paris office of the firm, Emmanuel Gaillard, joins four New York colleagues plus managing partner Whitney Pidot and senior partner Stephen Volk on the seven-member group. […]

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