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Hogan Lovells boosts Paris practice with leading hires

Hogan Lovells is strengthening its Corporate & Finance Practice in Paris with the hire of leading M&A and Private Equity partners Matthieu Grollemund and Hélène Parent. They join with five associates from Baker McKenzie, where Grollemund co-headed the Paris Corporate department.

Matthieu and Hélène’s practice focuses on M&A and Private Equity transactions with an emphasis on buy-out funds, high-end growth or venture funds, and family offices with significant private/public equity activity. They represent numerous public and private companies and private equity funds in a wide range of domestic and cross border transactions, including business combinations, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, IPOs, and restructuring matters. In addition, they regularly advise boards and committees on a variety of governance and other issues.

Their appointments follow the additions announced in Private Equity last year in London (Ed Harris and Leanne Moezi), United States (Adam Brown), Shanghai (Don Williams, Tony Mou, and Cheng Xu) and Frankfurt (Nikolai Sokolov).

“We are very happy to be joining Hogan Lovells” said Grollemund.The firm has a great culture based on collaboration, cooperation and cross selling and we are excited to be adding our experience to such an impressive team. The partners’ conqueror mindset combined with the strength of the firm’s high quality full service platform and its depth of capabilities in Europe, Asia, the Americas and beyond, present unique advantages for our clients.”

David Gibbons, Global Head of the Corporate & Finance Practice at Hogan Lovells, added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Matthieu Grollemund, Hélène Parent and their team of associates to Hogan Lovells. They will add significant depth to our existing Tier 1 team in Paris who are already executing a broad range of sophisticated transactions for clients. Furthermore, Matthieu and Helene’s reputation for excellence in technology and life sciences M&A aligns with the strengths of the firm and our own focus on highly-regulated industries.”

The Hogan Lovells Corporate & Finance practice provide end-to-end transactional solutions to clients globally across a wide range of capital strategies and funding structures. We have over 400+ partners (and approximately 1,400 lawyers) within the Practice, located across all the major financial centres in the world. We are a fully integrated global team that combines exceptional transactional experience with deep industry sector knowledge. Our Corporate practice in Paris is ranked as Tier 1 in the market by multiple sources and has recently been involved in major transactions, such as the acquisition by TowerBrook Capital Partners of the rail activities of Consolis group and the acquisition by PAI Partners of a majority stake in Euro Ethnic Foods.

Marc Petitier Joins White & Case as a Partner in Paris

Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice with the addition of Marc Petitier as a partner in Paris.

“The strength of our global network, with on-the-ground market leading expertise in many of the world’s most important jurisdictions, means we can advise clients on their most complex cross border matters wherever their transactions take place,” said White & Case partner John Reiss, Head of the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. “Marc’s reputation as a leading M&A partner will enhance our existing corporate capabilities in Paris and complement our strengths in finance, restructuring and disputes, which are more important than ever in the current economic climate.”

Petitier is a renowned corporate lawyer who has led on many of the most significant corporate transactions originating from France, advising clients on public and private M&A deals, sales and joint ventures, and corporate governance. He has experience across a number of different sectors, including technology, financial institutions, energy and infrastructure, and on Africa-related deals. Petitier brings 20 years of experience and joins White & Case joins from Linklaters, where he was a partner.

Denise Diallo, White & Case Executive Partner in Paris, said: “Marc’s arrival builds on our success and growth in Paris and follows the addition of a team of private equity partners led by Saam Golshani at the end of 2018, the arrival of partners Jean-Luc Champy and Amaury de Feydeau in February 2020 and Emilie Rogey in September 2019, and the four partner promotions at the start of 2021. Marc’s reputation and corporate relationships make him the perfect fit to bring additional prestige and capabilities to the Paris office and also present a great opportunity to reinforce and diversify our client base, through strong client synergies and overlap with Marc’s practice.”

Partner Oliver Brettle, a member of White & Case’s global Executive Committee, said: “We continue to invest and grow across the major EU markets, which have seen great success in recent years and remain extremely important to our global clients. The addition of Marc supports this focus as well as the Firm’s strategy for growth in key global practices and industries, including M&A, technology and financial institutions.”

Bloomberg ranked White & Case first by value for cross-border M&A for the first nine months of 2020.

Baker McKenzie names Alyssa Auberger as Chief Sustainability Officer

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has named Paris-based Partner Alyssa Auberger as its first Chief Sustainability Officer. Alyssa will be responsible for leading the Firm’s global Sustainability strategy which is core to the Firm’s overall priorities for the next decade.

After beginning her legal career in-house in the United States, Alyssa joined Baker McKenzie in Paris in 1998 and from 2016 until this appointment, was Global Chair of its Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Group. In this role, she worked closely with a number of global bodies, including the United Nations Global Compact, to heighten awareness of the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities for the consumer goods and retail industry. She has worked with the Firm’s leading practices to develop solutions for clients on supply chain transparency and claims, product lifecycle issues, and human rights and emissions reporting, in order to help them understand their impact and responsibilities across entire value chains.

Franco-American and as a partner specialised in multijurisdictional M&A and Private Equity transactions and based in Baker McKenzie’s Paris office, Alyssa has extensive experience regularly advising American and French corporations, multinationals, and private equity investment funds on their acquisitions and divestitures worldwide as well as in their international expansion efforts.

Baker McKenzie has strong relationships with leading sustainability-focused forums, including the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, of which it was the first law firm member. In 2017, the Firm collaborated with the World Economic Forum to launch the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, which brings together leading policy makers, businesses, start-ups, academia and international organisations to collaborate for the greater good by maximising the benefits of science and technology.

The Firm became a participant of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2015 and remains committed to upholding the Ten Principles on human and labour rights, the environment and anti‐corruption. Since then, it has adopted eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Gender Equality, Climate Action, and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Recently Global Chair Milton Cheng joined more than 1,200 Chief Executive Officers from companies in over 100 countries to demonstrate the Firm’s support for the United Nations and inclusive multilateralism by signing onto a powerful Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation. To mark the 75th Anniversary of the UN, the statement was released by the UNGC Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), of which Baker McKenzie is a proud co-patron. The Firm also recently announced commitments to significantly reduce its global carbon emissions over the next decade and achieve aspirational global gender diversity targets, set at 40:40:20 per cent, to represent 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons).

Alyssa said, “I am delighted to be taking on this new role and leading Baker McKenzie’s Sustainability efforts. Our clients are at differing stages of their sustainability journeys and we want to do all we can to help them achieve their ESG goals given our own depth of experience. More than 20 years ago, we established the first Climate Change practice within a major law firm, and we now offer a number of ESG Advisory services, including Sustainable Finance, Corporate Governance, Renewable Energy, Human Rights and Modern Slavery, Sustainable Real Estate and Responsible Product Sourcing.”

As well as announcing Alyssa’s appointment, Baker McKenzie reaffirmed its commitment to placing Sustainability at the core of its strategy for the coming decade, facilitating active engagement with like-minded businesses, governments, international organisations and civil society, in order to achieve shared goals for a more sustainable world.

Milton Cheng, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie said, “Collaborating with our clients to find solutions to their complex problems has always been at the core of what our Firm does. We strive to provide holistic business advice to our clients, helping them navigate their sustainability risks, as well as identify the opportunities that come with being a responsible business.”

Milton adds: “As a passionate lawyer, partner and leader within Baker McKenzie for over 20 years, Alyssa understands our Firm, our practices and our clients and I have no doubt that this knowledge will be an asset to her as she leads our Firm wide efforts with the same passion and commitment she has always shown.”

Pinsent Masons grows its Financial Services offering in Dubai

Multinational law firm, Pinsent Masons, has appointed Banking & Finance partner Matthew Escritt to lead the firm’s Banking & Finance practice in the Middle East, based in Dubai.

Matthew joins from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he has been for the past 19 years, with the past eight spent as partner in the banking and finance team. During this time he has worked in London, Moscow, Bahrain, Singapore and Dubai.

Matthew is a banking and finance specialist, advising on all areas of structured cross border finance, including syndicated lending acquisition, development finance, asset finance, vendor finance, and structured trade and commodity finance. He is familiar with both conventional and Islamic finance funding structures. He also advises on financial restructuring and insolvency mandates. Based in Dubai, he will be leading the Banking & Finance practice in the Middle East (within the Finance & Projects group) and will focus primarily on clients in the Financial Services sector.

Commenting on Matthew’s appointment, Michael Watson, head of the Finance & Projects group at Pinsent Masons said: “Matthew’s reputation precedes him and we look forward to welcoming him as head of our banking and finance practice in Dubai. His experience and expertise will greatly strengthen the practice, enabling them to deepen relationships with existing clients as well as developing new ones. His appointment is another fantastic addition to our growing international capabilities.”

Alexis Roberts, head of the Financial Services sector at Pinsent Masons added: “Matthew’s appointment is a pivotal one in increasing our financing bench strength and will enable us to better support our clients within the Financial Services sector. His breadth of experience and the clients that he’s worked with will allow us to grow our offering across the sector. We greatly look forward to him joining the team.”

Matthew Escritt, head of Banking and Finance in the Middle East added: “I am excited to have been given the opportunity to lead Pinsent Masons’ Banking & Finance practice in the region and to be part of an international team tasked with growing a strategically important practice area to complement the firm’s existing strengths. It will also ensure that we are able to provide vital, full-service support to our clients as they navigate today’s challenging business environment. Given the diverse talents of the individuals involved and the well-known strengths of the existing practice I am confident that we are well placed to achieve our goals.”

Adding to the growing multinational Finance & Projects group, Matthew’s appointment follows that of Anthony Morton in Frankfurt, James Harris in Asia, Jim Hunwick in Sydney and Eran Chivka in Paris.

Hogan Lovells strengthens Australia practice

Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Paul Shillington will be joining as a partner in the firm’s Finance practice on 11 May 2020, based in the Perth office. Paul has held private practice and executive roles in Switzerland, Paris and Perth, most recently with leading Australian domestic firm, MinterEllison.

Paul is an oil and gas specialist with more than 20 years’ experience acting in the energy and resources sectors on both transactional and regulatory aspects of deals. His practice focuses on providing clients with advice and assistance on asset acquisition and divestment, private M&A, JV arrangements, development activities and the strategic management of associated disputes.

Commenting on Paul’s arrival, Global Head of the Hogan Lovells Finance practice Matthew Cottis, said: “Paul’s arrival represents the latest step in our plan for the building out and strengthening of the Australian practice which is an increasingly important and attractive region for the global energy and resources sector. Paul’s cross-border experience brings enhanced capability to the team supporting both global clients with operations in Australia as well as domestic Australian companies.”

Paul Shillington added: “I am delighted to be joining the Finance practice at Hogan Lovells. The firm’s global footprint and integrated nature provides the ideal platform for me to further develop my practice and service my clients.”

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When major corporations, financial institutions, and governments need practical advice on local, regional, and international corporate and financing transactions they turn to Hogan Lovells.

Perella Weinberg Partners adds to their advisory team

Perella Weinberg Partners (PWP) today announced that it has elected two individuals to join the firm’s partnership.

“We are excited to welcome Doug McGovern (New York) and Cyrille Perard (Paris) to the firm’s Partnership,” said Peter Weinberg, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner of PWP. “They exemplify PWP’s culture of excellence – which they’ve demonstrated through hard work, dedication, commitment and an unparalleled drive to deliver for their clients, colleagues and the firm. We congratulate Cyrille and Doug on this tremendous accomplishment and look forward to their continued contributions to the firm.”

Professional Biographies:

Doug McGovern focuses on advising clients on capital structure and liability management matters.

Mr. McGovern has more than 18 years of experience. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in January of 2010, Mr. McGovern was at BPW Acquisition Corp, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) co-sponsored by Perella Weinberg Partners, from 2009 to 2010, where he helped lead the SPAC’s merger with Talbots, Inc. He was previously an associate of Brooklyn NY Holdings LLC, where he worked in the firm’s principal investing business. Prior to that, Mr. McGovern worked for Windward Capital Partners from 2002-2005. Mr. McGovern began his career as an Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mr. McGovern earned an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Duke University.

Cyrille Perard advises clients across industries in France.

Mr. Perard has more than 18 years of corporate M&A and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners in 2018, Mr. Perard was Co-Head of M&A for the France, Belgium and Luxembourg Region at Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 working in its London, San Francisco and Paris Offices.

Mr. Perard holds a Masters degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.