Hughes Hubbard trio join Ashurst to boost its dispute resolution practice
Olivier Dorgan and team of corporate crime compliance move from Hughes Hubbard & Reed to expand Ashurst's dispute resolution practice in Paris
Ashurst, one of the leading international law firms of UK, has roped in Olivier Dorgan along with his two close associates in a bid to expand its presence in France and boost its Paris dispute resolution practice
Partner Dorgan along with senior associate Paul Charlot and associate Camille Mayet from a corporate crime compliance team and have joined Ashurst from Hughes Hubbard & Reed.
Dorgan's expertise spans across anti-corruption, economic sanctions, export control and anti-money laundering and investigations spheres. He regularly advises financial institutions, insurers and industrial groups, particularly in the defence, aeronautics, pharma and retail sectors.
"France and its authorities have demonstrated the country's place as a key player in the global compliance landscape, opening up new fronts for compliance investigations. Developing our capabilities in this space is crucial," Tom Connor, head of dispute resolution for EMEA at Ashurst, said, adding that dispute resolution is an area of key strategic importance to the firm, and Olivier's expertise will be invaluable in supporting the continued expansion of the firm's corporate crime and international investigations offering.
Dorgan brings along varied experience with his association with various law firms. He spent over two-and-a-half years as counsel at Hughes Hubbard in Paris, having joined the firm after almost two years at Brown Rudnick. Prior to that Dorgan also had earlier stints as counsel at DLA Piper and as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton for approximately seven years, where he focused on white-collar criminal defence, enforcement and internal investigations.
"Olivier's appointment is part of our ambitious growth strategy and his reputation and expertise will be a major asset in strengthening our dispute resolution practice in Paris and in the further development of our office," Philippe None, Ashurst's Paris office managing partner, said.
Both Charlot and Mayet had followed Dorgan to Hughes Hubbard from Brown Rudnick.
Hortense de Roux, the dispute resolution partner in Paris, said: "Compliance, criminal and regulatory issues are at the heart of all companies and international institutions. The arrival of Olivier and his team will enable us to consolidate our market presence in this innovative practice."
Ashurst in the meanwhile has also named a fresh London leadership team with the appointment of co-managing partners Lynn Dunne and Logan Mair. They are set to replace Ruth Harris, whose two-year term ends this month.
Ashurst, rated among UK's top 10 law firms, had opened an office in Dublin in March this year under its ambitious expansion plans. The idea behind the opening of the Dublin office was to maintain its EU competition law practice following Brexit. New Irish rules prevent dual-qualified lawyers practising in Ireland without a physical presence in the country. Partners Euan Burrows, Nigel Parr, Duncan Liddell, Neil Cuninghame and Steven Vaz will now split their time between London and Dublin.