DLA Piper adds two partners to Paris base with Fried Frank hires

DLA Piper has added two partners to its restructuring practice in Paris with a double hire from US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

David Chijner and Noam Ankri are joining as partners from Fried Frank’s Paris office, where Chijner was a partner and Ankri a counsel.

Their arrival is part of DLA’s strategy to bulk up in restructuring following the integration of the nine-partner team, led by Pierre-Alain Bouhenic, which joined in its takeover of Paris corporate boutique Frieh Bouhenic in October last year.

DLA Piper said the appointments will help it increase its representation of French and foreign investors and creditors, in addition to its existing strength in debtors.

“The development of the international dimension of our restructuring department was a priority this year to meet the needs of our clients who are multiplying their activities abroad,” said Bouhenic. “The arrival of David and Noam enhances the ability of DLA Piper to give the best possible advice to clients across all their projects.”

Ankri, who was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2002, began his career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Paris, before moving to New York, where he specialised in private equity before turning to bankruptcy law. He joined Fried Frank in Paris in 2006.

Chijner began his career in 1995 at Weil Gotshal & Manges in Brussels and New York. He joined Serra Michaud & Associes in Paris as a partner in 2000, which then became the Paris office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, before joining Fried Frank in 2005 to lead the European restructuring practice from the Paris and London offices.

DLA’s merger with Frieh Bouhenic, which took effect on 1 October last year, saw the firm’s lawyer headcount in the French capital rise to more than 30 partners and 40 further lawyers.