Jones Day Ranks First In Mergers &Acquisitions For 32nd Quarter In A Row

Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 01:00

Jones Day ranked number one globally in M&A league tables for the third quarter of 2008, maintaining a position it has held for 32 consecutive quarters.

Jones Day led all law firms in Thomson Financial's league table based on the number of worldwide deals, with 374 transactions completed in the first nine months of 2008. It also captured the number one position, with 224 completed deals, in Thomson's ranking of firms advising on deals with U.S. targets.

Jones Day has announced that Frédéric Gros has joined the firm in its Paris office as partner and will head the Banking & Finance Practice. He is joined by Isabelle Maury, Stéphanie Curiel, and Sophie Chevallier. The team will focus on real estate finance, asset finance, acquisition finance, and debt restructuring.

With the arrival of this team, the Paris Office's Banking & Finance Practice now includes seven lawyers, including partner Philippe Billot who cochairs Jones Day's Banking & Finance Practice worldwide and coordinates its activity in the firm's eight European offices.

The Jones Day has announced the addition of 15 former Heller Ehrman partners.

Joining the firm in its San Francisco office are Robert L. Gibney and David I. Paulson, Banking & Finance Practice; Nora L. Gibson and Lora D. Blum, Capital Markets Practice; Peter J. Benvenutti and Robert J. Trodella, Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice. Brett R. Dick and Teresa Maloney join the Tax Practice; Barbara Gregoratos, the Real Estate Practice; Timothy G. Hoxie, the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. In addition, Raymond H. Sheen represents policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes.

In New York, Paul D. Downs joins Jones Day's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and Steven C. Koppel and Aviva Yakren join the Real Estate Practice.

Bernard P. Bell, in the Washington, D.C., office represents corporate policyholders and their individual directors and officers in complex insurance coverage matters.