Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has announced that, upon the approval of the Paris Bar, it will open a Paris office. Jean Leygonie and 14 other lawyers from leading French firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie plan to join Morgan Lewis.
The new team would strengthen Morgan Lewis's European services, particularly in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, new technologies, antitrust/competition and labor and employment law.
Mr. Leygonie, a corporate lawyer who brings more than three decades of experience and an active competition practice, would head up the proposed Paris office. He would be joined by three De Pardieu partners: Anne Tolila, who focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and securities law; Florence Guthfreund-Roland, who focuses on telecommunications, technology and e-commerce, and Francois Vergne, who focuses on labor and employment law. The group has been together for approximately 10 years, first practicing at the Paris firm Moquet Borde before moving to De Pardieu in 1999.
The Paris office would be Morgan Lewis's fourth in Europe in addition to London, Frankfurt and Brussels. The Paris office, which would operate as a branch of the firm's London Multinational Partnership, would bring the total number of offices worldwide to 18, with more than 1,200 lawyers.
The addition of these 15 lawyers and the opening of the new Paris office would continue Morgan Lewis's strategic growth, which in the past two years has included the addition of lawyers from the former Brobeck, Zevnik Horton and Pennie & Edmonds firms and has seen the firm open offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Irvine, Chicago and Boston.