DLA Piper has announced that it will join offices in Paris with boutique law firm, Frieh Bouhenic. This move will be effective as of 1 October 2012 and will create a substantial Paris office with over 30 partners and more than 40 other lawyers.
The firm's new Paris office will have one of the most significant French capabilities of any Global law firm and will service the needs of a multitude of French, European, Asian, Middle Eastern and US companies and multinational corporations, commercial and investment banks, private equity and other investment funds.
This move is an illustration of DLA Piper's commitment to expand its presence in the key global markets and is representative of its strategy to add quality and credibility in the G20 economies.
Frieh Bouhenic was established in January 2011 as the result of a merger between Frieh & Associes and Bouhenic Baudin & Associes. Led by former Linklaters partner Michel Frieh, Frieh Bouhenic is highly regarded for its expertise in business law most notably in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, acquisition and corporate financings, litigation, employment, restructuring and insolvency.
Ulrich Juengst, DLA Piper's Managing Director, Europe, commented: "Paris is one of the key markets in Europe for DLA Piper and this move, in addition to the significant hires we have already made, adds to our existing corporate and finance capabilities in France which is part of the firm's strategic vision."
Tony Angel, DLA Piper's Senior Partner, commented: "Frieh Bouhenic is an impressive firm with exceptional lawyers whose practice is very complementary to our current offering. Our combined capabilities will allow us to provide an incomparable service to our French and international clients."
Michel Frieh, commented: "by joining forces with DLA Piper, an international firm with a similar built-in entrepreneurial mind-set and one which respects our culture, we are able to initiate the next step of our development which includes the diversification of our client base and the accessing of an exceptional international platform."
Bijan Eghbal, commented: "We are very enthusiastic about this strategic added capacity in Paris which represents an outstanding opportunity for our corporate and restructuring practices. The joining of the Frieh Bouhenic team is another cornerstone in the pursuance of the development of our office as one of the leading practices in the country."
The Paris office will be led jointly by Bijan Eghbal and Michel Frieh.