PARIS, 4 September 2004 LAWFUEL – Best for law, law news, legal ne…

PARIS, 4 September 2004 LAWFUEL – Best for law, law news, legal news, attorneys, legal research —Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced today that François Bloch has joined its Paris office as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice group and a member of the Orrick European Executive Committee. Bloch is a former partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he led a multi-disciplinary team active in the M&A, Commercial, Restructuring, Litigation and IP practice areas and focusing on the telecommunications, internet/IT, media, entertainment and biotech sectors.

At Orrick, Bloch and his team, comprising, inter alia, Saam Golshani “Of Counsel” and Sophie Boucher, Senior Associate, will continue to focus the practice on French and cross-border transactions, and team up with the other practice areas and offices to offer an even more integrated service to clients instructing Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Commenting on Bloch’s arrival, Ralph Baxter, Orrick’s chairman and CEO, said, “François’s international corporate practice is a great strategic fit for Orrick as we continue our expansion in Europe.” Orrick currently has approximately 100 lawyers in Europe, with offices in Paris, London, Rome and Milan.

“François is an excellent corporate lawyer and a strong addition to our Paris office,” added David Syed, who is the managing partner of Orrick’s European practice. “He will enhance our services to European clients as well as U.S. clients with European business and legal needs. I’m thrilled that he is joining us.”

“Orrick’s expanding European platform and global corporate technology practice is the right fit for our clients and the team,” said Bloch. “The firm’s collaborative culture and quality driven ambitions are, indeed, very attractive, and the clients’ response was very positive. I am looking forward and with great expectations to joining the Orrick team. ”

About Orrick’s Paris Office
Orrick’s Paris office is highly respected in the French and international markets for work on major cross border and domestic transactions involving structured finance, leasing, asset finance, corporate, and tax. With more than 40 French, English, and U.S. qualified lawyers, Orrick’s Paris office provides legal services to large international and French corporations, commercial and investment banks, and a wide range of other financial services providers.

About Orrick
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm with approximately 700 lawyers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The firm focuses on litigation, complex and novel finance, and innovative corporate transactions. Orrick clients include Fortune 100 companies, major industrial and financial corporations, commercial and investment banks, high-growth companies, governmental entities, start-ups, and individuals. The firm’s 13 offices are located in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Pacific Northwest, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, and Tokyo.

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