Bird & Bird builds Banking & Financial Services team with partner hire in France

20 July 2006

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited specialist finance lawyer Hervé Pillard to head up a dedicated banking & financial services team within its Paris office. Hervé, who joins the firm from SJ Berwin, will be a key player in Bird & Bird’s international banking & financial services group which has expanded recently with significant hires in other international offices of the firm.

Joining the Paris office as a partner, Hervé brings nearly 10 years' experience within the banking and financial services and private equity sectors, with a particular focus on acquisition finance. He began his practice at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie in 1996 and worked at Ashurst Morris Crisp from 1998 before moving to SJ Berwin in 2001. Hervé's range of experience encompasses high profile domestic as well as multi-jurisdictional financing transactions. He has advised investors, banks and mezzanine funds on leveraged buy outs and investors in venture capital rounds of financing.

Commenting on his appointment, Trystan Tether, head of the firm’s international banking & financial services group, said:
“I’m delighted that Hervé has joined us. His appointment will really drive forward the development of our banking & financial services work in France. More and more clients are looking to us to handle their finance law requirements across a broad range of jurisdictions and Paris is clearly a vital element in any international network. Hervé's appointment also follows closely on the heels of the appointments of Raimondo Maggiore as a specialist finance partner in our Milan office and of Charles Proctor, a senior lateral partner hire in London.”

Commenting on his appointment, Hervé added:
“Bird & Bird’s dedication to providing a truly international finance capability is what drew me to them and I am greatly looking forward to being an integral part of the development of that strategy”.

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