A raid by leading French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has left Morgan Lewis Bockius depleted of partners, in a move that has seen the French firm boost numbers by 19 lawyers including nine former Morgan Lewis partners.
Gide Loyrette Nouel is one of the only French firms to have established an international presence outside of those who have expanded from the United States or the United Kingdom.
The Lawyer reports that the team who left Morgan Lewis includes Paris managing partner Anne Tolila and partner Jean Leygonie, who were both part of the team that left De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie to launch the Paris office for Morgan Lewis in 2004
Gide said five partners and four associates are to join the mergers and acquisitions department. They include Tolila, Pierre-Antoine Dubecq, David-James Sebag and Olivier Edwards, who headed Morgan Lewis’ European emerging business and technology practice initiative.
Four other partners and their teams are to join the funds formation, competition, employment and taxation practice groups.
A statement from Gide senior partner Baudouin de Moucheron and managing partner Stéphane Puel said: “We are delighted to welcome these nineteen lawyers, whose quality, enthusiasm and importance on the market has been known to us for a long time now.”