Christine Lagarde, chairman of Baker &
McKenzie's global policy committee, became the French
minister for foreign trade. Lagarde practised labour and
antitrust law as a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Paris
during the late 1980s. She became managing partner of the
office in 1991 and joined the firm's executive committee in
1995. Last year Lagarde received the Legion D'Honneur from
French president Jacques Chirac.
Cristaudi, Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons has strengthened its
Italian offices. In Milan, the firm recruited Andrea Cristaudi
as a corporate partner from Allen & Overy. Cristaudi is a
specialist in M&A and equity capital markets and has
advised Société Générale, Banca
IMI, and Banca Intesa on corporate transactional work.
Meanwhile, the Rome office hired a team of six employment
lawyers from Studio Legale Tributario. The group includes
Tiziano Treu, formerly the Italian minister for employment.
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