HSF takes six-strong Paris litigation team from Hogan Lovells including practice head

groupe 001- BD-Article-201701031303 Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has hired litigation partner Antoine Juaristi from Hogan Lovells in a boost for its Paris litigation practice.

Juaristi joins HSF along with a five-lawyer team comprising two counsel and three associates.

He was Paris head of litigation at Hogan Lovells, where he focused on banking and finance litigation, particularly in regulatory finance disputes.

HSF global disputes head Justin D’Agostino said: “Financial institutions are facing an unprecedented period of regulatory scrutiny about the way in which they operate. Clients need more perceptive guidance than ever before and Antoine makes a great addition to our ever-growing contentious capability throughout Europe.”

Several HSF partners departed the firm last year, including Paris disputes head Isabelle Michou, who left for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in November.

She has not yet been replaced.

Meanwhile, Allen & Overy hired London finance partner Nick Bradbury in October, around the same time as banking heavyweight Malcolm Hitching was recruited by Ropes & Gray.

In September, a 10-partner team across Australia and Asia resigned to join White & Case for the US firm’s Australia launch.

However, the firm also made several hires in 2016. At the start of November, it hired Paris real estate partner David Lacaze from Paul Hastings. In March, it took on Gabrielle Wong as a partner in its London finance practice, while in May, the firm hired Baker & McKenzie’s EMEA M&A chair Soenke Becker, who joined the firm’s Duesseldorf office.