Simmons & Simmons celebrates its 30th anniversary in Paris

05 Jul 2018

International law firm Simmons & Simmons celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Paris office on 29 June 2018. Recognised as one of the leaders in France, Simmons & Simmons began its activities in Paris in 1988, in alliance with the Francis Meyrier law firm. Growing from having only 20 lawyers in the 2000s, the firm now has 22 partners and 100 lawyers, jurists and experts specialised in all major disciplines of business law.

The firm's sustained development in France is driven by a strategy centered around four main sectors: Healthcare & Life Sciences, Financial Institutions, Asset Management and Investment Funds, and TMT; and by the exceptional depth of knowledge in these sectors.

Simmons & Simmons France is currently experiencing significant growth through numerous recruitments and a strengthening of its expertise.

Jacques-Antoine Robert, Managing Partner at Simmons & Simmons France, said: "We are delighted to blow out our 30th candle today, and honoured by the trust our clients and partners place in us every day. I would like to congratulate our teams on their professionalism and the depth of their expertise that make the success of our firm possible. I thank them for their constant involvement in bringing Simmons & Simmons' values to life, the spirit and the essence that drive our firm. Today, our ambition is to accelerate our development in Paris, by capitalising on the buoyant political and economic context and by adapting to the technological revolution that is both impacting our business and adding to the complexity of our clients' challenges. We always maintain the same priority: our desire for excellence in the service to our clients."

Thierry Gontard, Senior Partner at Simmons & Simmons France, added: "I am very proud of the progress made by the Simmons & Simmons teams in Paris, who deliver remarkable work on a daily basis, while paying constant attention to the developments and challenges of the sectors in which our clients operate. To remain a trusted firm that can meet our clients' most complex challenges, we must be bold, innovative and agile in shaping Simmons & Simmons' next generation of legal services in France."

Simmons & Simmons has 22 offices in Europe and key growth markets such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa where the group has been present for over 20 years. In 2016/17, the firm achieved a revenue of £354 million, up 12% compared to the previous year.

In 2018, the firm was named Legal Advisor of the Year at the Private Equity Africa Awards and won the Gold Trophy for Life Sciences and Health, the Silver Trophy for Compliance and the Bronze Trophy for Project Finance and Capital Markets at the Le Monde du Droit’ Honours List.

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