Proskauer Rose has announced a significant expansion of its Paris office with the addition of six partners from Rambaud Martel, one of France's largest and most well-regarded law firms. It is anticipated that they will be joined by up to 15 associates.
Joining as partners are: Christophe Lapp, Jean-Philippe Sorba, Valérie Lafarge-Sarkozy, Emmanuelle Payrau, Philippe Goossens and Guillaume Kellner. The six will strengthen Proskauer's international litigation and corporate practices, bringing particular experience in mergers and acquisitions, white collar defense, commercial litigation, product liability, insurance, and public sector law.
Mr. Lapp brings more than 25 years of experience in matters involving international arbitration, strategic counseling and litigation, particularly in the construction industry. He has been involved in the negotiation of contracts and resolution of disputes for significant projects around the world. Mr. Lapp is also an experienced advisor to professional service organizations on law and code issues relating to procurement law, antitrust advice and public administrative liability.
Mr. Sorba has a range of competencies encompassing white collar defense work, public construction law, negotiations and litigation, urban planning and renovation, and environmental regulation.
Ms. Lafarge-Sarkozy is experienced in pre-contentious and contentious civil liability matters in industrial projects. She also handles product liability matters, especially in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food industries, and works extensively in the field of professional liability of banks, executives, statutory auditors and accountants.
Ms. Payrau concentrates on insurance litigation related to construction, engineering, industrial and scientific activities in addition to liability issues relating to contractors, manufacturers, directors and officers.
Mr. Goossens concentrates his practice on white collar criminal affairs and complex litigation. He also represents major construction companies, statutory auditors and advises on criminal aspects of economic laws.
Mr. Kellner concentrates on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. He has represented a number of Europe's leading companies in transactional matters.