PARIS (1 February 2012) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce the addition of a new partner to its Paris office.
Jacob Grierson joins the Firm as partner in the International Arbitration Group, and will divide his time between the Paris and London offices. His practice is focused on representing clients in arbitrations in London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, New York and Hong Kong under the rules of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) Court and the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. His sector experience spans construction and engineering, oil and gas, M&A, joint ventures, distribution, telecoms and the Internet. Additionally, Jacob is a CEDR qualified mediator, specializing in advising clients on achieving amicable settlements of disputes either before or during arbitrations.
Before joining the Firm, Jacob was Of Counsel in the Paris office of international law firm Jones Day. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2006, he practised as a barrister at the prestigious One Essex Court Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC in London from 1994 to 2001. During his years as a barrister he acted as junior counsel to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. From 2001 to 2006, Jacob practiced international arbitration in the Paris office of international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. He holds an undergraduate degree from Balliol College, Oxford, and a Masters in European law from the College of Europe, Bruges.
“McDermott has long desired to further expand its footprint in the international commercial arbitration community, particularly in Europe,” said Lazar Raynal, partner and head of the Firm’s Trial Practice Group. “Jacob Grierson’s arrival as partner will serve the dual purpose of providing our clients with expertise in ICC arbitrations, as well as in LCIA arbitrations where his English law pedigree is very valuable.”
“Through the opening of our office in Paris in May 2011, and Jacob Grierson joining the team now, we have significantly increased our capacity to advise clients on disputes subject to ICC arbitration,” adds Margaret Warner, partner and leader of the Firm’s Controversies Business Unit. “Of equal importance and for the benefit of our clients, Jacob will also be spending time working in London to undertake instructions on LCIA and English law commercial arbitrations.”
“We are delighted to welcome Jacob to the Firm,” adds Jacques Buhart, partner-in-charge of McDermott’s Paris office. “His impressive professional profile expands our Firm’s resources in the areas of arbitration, both in France and in Europe. With this arrival and associate recruitments underway, we will have a 20 lawyers team, capable of providing our clients with high-quality advice across the most important sectors and areas of practice. This new partner arrival is an important step in achieving our objective of becoming one of the leading firms in the Paris legal market.”
About McDermott Will & Emery in France
McDermott Will & Emery established its Paris office in May 2011, to provide multidisciplinary legal services to French and international clients with a focus on cross-border transactions in the areas of corporate, dispute resolution, tax, competition, employment and litigation. Our French practice delivers advice to clients in France, in Europe and around the world. Our Paris lawyers bring practical experience and impressive legal backgrounds to all matters on which they advise.
About McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, the Firm has offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and a close strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.