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26 April 2021

Ashurst expands dispute resolution practice with Hughes Hubbard trio in Paris

Corporate crime compliance team is led by partner Olivier Dorgans

By Ben Edwards

Olivier Dorgans Image courtesy of Ashurst

Ashurst has boosted its Paris dispute resolution practice with the arrival of a corporate crime compliance team from Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

The team is led by partner Olivier Dorgan, who is joined by senior associate Paul Charlot and associate Camille Mayet. Dorgan’s expertise spans anti-corruption, economic sanctions, export control and anti-money laundering, as well as investigations. He regularly advises financial institutions, insurers and industrial groups, particularly in the defence, aeronautics, pharma and retail sectors.

Tom Connor, head of dispute resolution for EMEA at Ashurst, said: “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. 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 spent just over two-and-a-half years as counsel at Hughes Hubbard in Paris, having joined the firm after almost two years at Brown Rudnick. Dorgan also had earlier stints as counsel at DLA Piper and nearly seven years as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he focused on white collar criminal defence, enforcement and internal investigations.

Philippe None, Ashurst’s Paris office managing partner, said: “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.”

Charlot followed Dorgan to Hughes Hubbard from Brown Rudnick, having previously been an associate at French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. He also spent nine months on secondment at Total in the economic sanctions and export control department while at Hughes Hubbard. Likewise, Mayet also followed Dorgan from Brown Rudnick to Hughes Hubbard.

Hortense de Roux, 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 named a fresh London leadership team last week 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.

In March, the firm also announced it had opened an office in Dublin to maintain its EU competition law practice, previously based in London, as 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 the Irish capital.

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