Squire Patton Boggs has recruited a three-person, partner-led private equity team for its Paris office, continuing a brisk hiring spree to expand its private equity capabilities in key European markets.
Arnaud Lafarge joins as a partner in Squire’s corporate practice from Lamy Lexel, a 60-lawyer French business law firm where he was co-head of the firm’s corporate department.
His previous experience includes eight years as an associate at legacy firm Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, and seven years as a senior associate at DLA Piper. He is dual qualified in Paris and New York.
Lafarge joins with two associates, Nicolas Leveque and Eva Jouannic.
Squire’s Paris office has seen five partner appointments in private equity in the past 15 months, with Lafarge; Maxime Dequesne and Anthony Guillaume in corporate; Benjamin Marché in financial services, and Charles Briand in tax.
The firm’s private equity group in Europe has tripled in size in the past year with the appointments in Paris, and of Sara Belotti in Milan and Teresa Zueco and team in Madrid.
“Arnaud is another welcome addition to our growing team,” Paul Mann, head of Squire’s European private equity group, said in a statement. “Our plan to expand specialist private equity capabilities across key European hubs has led to new teams in the UK, Spain, Italy, and France (and soon Germany), has brought in several new clients, and has strengthened existing ties within the sector.”