Bird & Bird appoints Sophie Pignon-Xardel to the International Public Sector Group in Paris



Bird & Bird Paris is delighted to welcome Sophie Pignon–Xardel as partner to lead the public sector group and PPP in Paris. Sophie specialises in complex contractual issues in public contracts and state property issues, advises investors, companies as well as public institutions and enterprises notably in Bird & Bird’s sectors including telecommunications, energy, transport and public real estate. Sophie will be joining with associate Yves Pons from Ashurst, where they’ve worked together in the projects team for the past two years.

Arriving just a few months after Stéphane Braconnier with whom Sophie has worked with frequently in previous law firms, her appointment reinforces Bird & Bird’s position in the public sector. 

Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol, Joint Head of Bird & Bird France, said: “We are delighted Sophie and Yves are joining us to lead the growth and development of our Public Sector group in Paris as well as our PPP practice.  Sophie’s expertise across our key industries and her strong existing relationships with partners such as Stéphane Braconnier, make her an incredibly valuable addition to the team.”

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