Fieldfisher has bolstered its Paris office with a trio of local lateral hires, including M&A lawyer Pascal Squercioni and tax specialist Antoine Gabizon from UGGC and competition partner Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses from French boutique YGMA, a firm she co-founded in 2004.
Ylouses advises clients on competition law and unfair practices, merger controls and lobbying. She set up YGMA with regulatory lawyer Anne-Solène Gay, the only remaining partner at that firm, after the pair departed Bird & Bird to launch the boutique a decade ago. Ylouses has also spent stints at Vogel & Vogel and Stibbe’s Paris office, which in 2001 merged with US firm Latham and Watkins. She handles litigation before national regulation authorities and the European Commission.
Gabizon, meanwhile joins Fieldfisher after 18 years at UGGC and has a broad practice spanning corporate tax, the tax aspects of M&A, private asset management and tax litigation. He acts for French private equity funds, French and international corporations and private individuals. Squercioni, who has been at UGGC since 1992 and made partner in 2000, specialises in M&A, private equity, restructuring and capital markets work. He also advises on stock exchange regulations and commercial litigation.
The hires take Fieldfisher up to 19 partners in Paris, an office headed up by corporate partner Bruno Paccioni.
Managing partner Michael Chissick said: ‘Our Paris office has been one of Fieldfisher’s big success stories in recent years, and Pascal, Antoine and Anne-Laure-Hélène’s arrival is a sign of our commitment to building our presence in France. Anne-Laure-Hélène adds significant depth to our European competition team, Pascal will enable our Paris office to provide clients with a complete corporate offering, while Antoine’s tax expertise will be of great value to a number of departments, especially our corporate team.’