Ashurst suffers further Paris losses as quintet join Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is set to hire a four-partner team from Ashurst’s Paris office.

The exits come just four months after Ashurst’s French operations lost a five-partner corporate and finance team to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

This time, the exits will affect Ashurst’s dispute resolution practice, with three partners sitting in that group.

Jean-Pierre Farges, Eric Bouffard and Pierre-Emmanuel Fender are all joining the US firm to launch its new litigation offering in the French capital. Farges joined Ashurst in 2001 to create its dispute resolution practice, becoming a partner in 2004. He also launched its Paris restructuring practice.

They will be joined by corporate partner and former Ashurst office managing partner Bertrand Delaunay, along with finance counsel Amanda Bevan. The new recruits will be responsible for setting up Gibson Dunn’s new Paris finance practice.

Gibson Dunn has been on a hiring spree in Paris, most recently recruiting Allen & Overy technology partner Ahmed Baladi.

He joined in January and was joined by one counsel and two associates.

An Ashurst spokesperson said: “The Paris office is going through a rebuild and the process of identifying and hiring partners who match the capability we want for the network is well underway.

“We have hired Pierre Roux as a finance partner, Nataline Fleury has been promoted as a new partner and we will make a further announcement next week.”

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