Foley Hoag Will Open Paris Office, Expand Leading International Litigation and Arbitration Practice

Partners Bruno Leurent, Thomas Bevilacqua Will Join the Firm, Provide Clients With Access to Legal Services in a Center of Global Arbitration

June 23, 2011

Leading international litigation and arbitration lawyers Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua will open Foley Hoag in Paris, giving Foley Hoag LLP its first overseas office and expanding its renowned International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group to one of the world’s centers of international arbitration.

Leurent and Bevilacqua, who will join Foley Hoag as partners from Winston & Strawn in Paris, focus on international litigation and arbitration, with particular experience in the international commercial arbitration arena.

“We are thrilled to welcome these talented lawyers to the firm,” said Adam Kahn, Foley Hoag co-managing partner. “Foley Hoag already has a highly respected and experienced international litigation and arbitration practice, and this team will further enhance our capabilities in this area.”

Foley Hoag’s work with numerous international clients through its International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group has bolstered its reputation for advising foreign states and companies with complex legal issues, with Chambers Global 2011 ranking the firm in its top tier and calling it “a real force in international law disputes.” The Paris office will allow Foley Hoag attorneys to serve clients on the ground in France and provide them with access to Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Francophone Africa.

The firm’s leading Investor-State Arbitration Practice has counseled government and state-owned business entities in disputes between investors and sovereign states at many of the world’s top arbitration forums. For more than 25 years, Foley Hoag has successfully represented sovereign states in disputes with other states, and it has one of the largest caseloads of any firm at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. The firm also represents U.S. and international companies in a variety of commercial litigation and arbitration matters.

Once it receives final approvals from the Paris Bar, the new Paris office, organized as an AARPI (a French law professional partnership) associated with Foley Hoag LLP, will work closely with the firm’s lawyers in Washington, DC and Boston. Paul Reichler and Ronald Goodman, each based in Washington, will continue to lead the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice, together with partners Mark Clodfelter, Larry Martin, Andrew Loewenstein, Janis Brennan and others.

“Bruno and Tom are widely recognized in the field of international litigation and arbitration,” Goodman said. “We have worked with them on a variety of matters in the past, and their arrival will add strength to our deep bench of talent and provide clients in Europe and elsewhere with access to a complete range of litigation and arbitration services.”

Clients of the International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group also have received counsel on domestic litigation, corporate, environmental and intellectual property matters from other Foley Hoag practices in Boston and Washington. Leurent noted Foley Hoag’s leading reputation in international arbitration and its diversified practice portfolio as key reasons for joining the firm.

“As commerce becomes increasingly global, clients will need sophisticated legal counsel to help guide them when disputes arise,” Leurent said. “Foley Hoag is a leader in this field, and we are excited to join such a strong team, which we have already worked with and know well. This move will allow us to best serve our clients in Europe and around the world.”

About the Paris team
Bruno Leurent, partner, has represented private companies and sovereign states in a wide range of arbitration matters, including liquefied natural gas procurement contracts, mergers and acquisitions, construction and development contracts, BOT contracts, pre-financing of state oil exports, hotel management contracts, distribution agreements, and military supplies. He also has represented foreign states before French courts in highly publicized and complex litigation involving international law and arbitration, and served as a legal adviser to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Chambers Global has called him one of the “best-established practitioners in the field,” and he also has been included in the Euromoney Legal Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration.

Thomas Bevilacqua, partner, advises clients regarding all aspects of institutional and ad hoc commercial arbitration, from commencement through final enforcement. He has acted as counsel in a number of large investor-state arbitration disputes. Tom also counsels clients on issues of both civil and common law and has a particular interest in matters of international practice and procedure. He received a B.A. in Mathematics and French from the State University of New York at Albany, and received a J.D. from the Albany Law School of Union University. Tom also received an LL.M. in French and European Law, mention bien, from the Université Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne.

About Foley Hoag LLP

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