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Olswang Paris managing partner and corporate head Guillaume Kessler has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
His exit comes less than three months before Olswang merges with CMS Cameron McKenna and Nabarro in May.
The Lawyer revealed in December that Olswang’s Paris office had been shut out of the merger negotiations and was expected to disband.
Kessler took on the office head job in February 2015 after his predecessor Stephan Alamowitch quit Olswang with a team of lawyers to become banking head at French firm UGGC.
The Paris office is currently made up of 16 lawyers and two staff.
Meanwhile Orrick’s Paris office comprises 100 lawyers, having originally launched in 2002 and expanded in 2006 through a merger with local firm Rambaud Martel. Last April the US firm hired a four-partner team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris.
Head of Orrick’s French M&A group Saam Golshani said Kessler was a “a recognised player in the French market, with particularly deep ties to the technology sector and a go-to source for the private equity market. We’ve worked across the table from him for years and have long admired his work.”
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