Davis Polk & Wardwell hired its first non-US law
partner. The firm hired French corporate lawyer Arnaud Peres
from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris. Said John
Ettinger, managing partner of Davis Polk: "France is a key
market for us. Arnaud's excellent legal skills, market
reputation and client service philosophy perfectly match our
goals and practice and will allow us to take advantage of the
significant business opportunities we see in the French market.
In the near future, we anticipate building out our Paris team
with additional French partners and associates." The firm's
strategy is usually to practice only US law while partnering
with the best independent firms for local law advice. But the
firm has made an...