McDermott Paris Expands its Public Law Practice


PARIS (January 21, 2014) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the arrival of counsel Laurent Ayache in its fast-growing Paris office. This move will strengthen McDermott’s capabilities in government contract law and antitrust law applied to the public sector. The firm’s Public Law practice, which is one of the most respected in the city, is now comprised of partner Sabine Naugès, Mr. Ayache, and a team of associates.

Laurent focuses his practice on government contracts (public procurement, and government property leases), public corporations (governance, privatization and changes in status), antitrust and industry regulation issues. His practice also includes litigation related to regulated industries such as energy (electricity and gas), electronic communications, airports, transportation (railway, road and sea), public housing, drinking water and sanitization.

Among his clients, Laurent advises Corsica Ferries on domestic and European litigation related to its shipping services to and from Corsica.

“We are delighted to welcome Laurent to the firm. His arrival is a testament to the momentum of the Paris office of McDermott Will & Emery and the growing significance of public law in the business activities of our public and private clients”, said Carolyn Gleason, Head of McDermott’s International Regulatory practice. “His experience will be of great value to our clients. The expansion of the Paris office is critical to the execution of McDermott’s strategy designed to serve a broad range of client and multinational client interests. Growing the Public Law group is a major step in the expansion of the Paris office which opened in May 2011 and now has 12 partners, 4 special counsels and nearly 30 associates,” stated Jacques Buhart, Head of the Paris office.

Laurent Ayache

Laurent Ayache was admitted to practice in Paris in 2005. He is joining from a prestigious international law firm.

Laurent received a Master in Public Economic Law from the University of Paris I and was also awarded a Master in European Business Law by the University of Paris II.

He teaches at the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) a course in government contracts and administrative law in the program in Law and Economic Activities and a course on law and hydraulic energy in an Energy Law Master.

He authored a book entitled Droit de la concurrence et secteur public (Antitrust Law and the Public Sector) published by Lexisnexis, is a contributor to the annual review on government grants, aid and subsidies in the Quarterly European Law Review, and is a contributor to the Antitrust, Regulation and Public Sector section of the Contracts, Antitrust and Consumption law review. He has also authored numerous articles on government contracts.

About McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. To serve the broad range of interests of international clients that do business in France, McDermott’s Paris office focuses on cross-border transactions, advising clients across its core practices, such as M&A, tax, antitrust, public law, employment law, litigation and international arbitration. Further extending our reach into Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

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