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McDermott Will & Emery Opens Paris Office

PARIS - McDermott Will & Emery has announced the expansion of its international platform with the opening of its office in Paris on May 2, 2011. With Paris, McDermott now has seven offices across Europe, including Brussels, London, Milan, Rome, Düsseldorf and Munich.

The new Paris office is key to achieving the firm's strategy of being capable to give quality local advice to clients in all the major economies where they conduct their business. To better meet the needs of multinational clients operating in France, McDermott's Paris office will focus on cross-border transactions, offering the services of a number of the firm's key practice groups, notably corporate, tax, competition, employment and litigation.

McDermott's Paris office will be led by Jacques Buhart, previously head of the Corporate and Competition Groups at the Paris office of Herbert Smith, and one of France's leading international lawyers. Buhart, who advises a wide range of French, European, Japanese and U.S. blue-chip companies, will lead a team of five partners joining McDermott's Paris office.

The other partners joining the Paris office include Thibaud Forbin, co-head of the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Delsol Avocats, who advises French and international businesses and private equity funds on M&A, securities and listing transactions, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy law.

They will be joined by Hervé Bidaud, a leading tax lawyer with extensive experience in international taxation, from the set-up of companies to mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and transfer pricing. Before founding specialist tax firm, ArtemTax International, Bidaud was an international partner at Arthur Andersen International, where he was practice director and member of the Management Committee. In addition, Jilali Maazouz, a partner in the Paris office of Bryan Cave, who represents French as well as international corporate clients in collective and individual labor and employment law matters, will join the McDermott team in Paris. Maazouz also handles all types of employment and commercial litigation cases.

The four new partners will be joined by one of counsel and associates from their own teams making a total of 12 lawyers in the Paris office. An additional partner will join the new office imminently.

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.