May 28, 2004 – LAWFUEL – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced today…

May 28, 2004 – LAWFUEL – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced today that Nicolas Baverez will join the firm on June 1, 2004 as a partner in its Paris office, along with two associates. Baverez focuses his law practice on French public M&A.

“We are delighted that Nicolas Baverez is joining our Paris office,” said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. “Nicolas’ public law expertise will complement our M&A practice in Paris, London and across Europe. In addition to being a top-notch lawyer with a significant corporate practice, he is also a high-profile writer.”

“It is an honor for us to welcome Nicolas Baverez to Gibson Dunn,” said Bernard Grinspan, Chairman of the International Management Committee and Partner In Charge of the Paris office. “His arrival adds to the new impetus the Firm intends to give to its European operations. He has all of the personal and professional qualities that are typical of the partner profiles we value. His skills and his entrepreneurial qualities, coupled with his personality, make him a natural match for our team.”

Baverez focuses his practice on corporate transactions and public and administrative law. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, he was the Partner In Charge of Public Law activity at Brandford-Griffith & Associés. He is a graduate of two of the three most prestigious higher education institutions in France: Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), as well as the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He was previously a magistrate at the Cour des Comptes, the highest level of French governmental auditory bodies, and was a member of staff of the French Parliament. He was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1998. Nicolas Baverez is also an editorial writer for French current affairs magazine, Le Point, and France’s daily newspapers, Le Monde and Les Echos. He is the author of France’s recent best-selling book, La France Qui Tombe, variously translated as Falling France, France in Decline or France in Free Fall.

“I am delighted and proud to be joining a first rate international law firm such as Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and am looking forward to working with my new partners”, said Nicolas Baverez. “Clients, both in the private and public sectors, will be able to benefit from the high quality services that the lawyers of Gibson Dunn can provide in both Europe and in the United States.”

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