Herbert Smith Freehills Loses Four Finance Lawyers in Paris to Rival Firms

Herbert Smith Freehills has lost four lawyers, including two partners, from its banking and finance practice in Paris to rival international firms in the French capital.

Eric Fiszelson joins Ashurst as a partner in the firm’s global loans team in Paris. He was regional head of HSF’s financial practice for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and a specialist in acquisitions, property financing, and debt restructuring.

He joins along with counsel Audrey Lesage and associate Louis Regnard.

Philippe None, managing partner of Ashurst Paris, said that said Fiszelson and his team were “key strategic hires,” reflecting the firm’s “aim to continue investing in and strengthening our offering in Paris.”

Rachel Campbell joins Watson Farley & Williams as a partner specializing in financing energy and infrastructure projects. She has a developed practice in emerging markets and in particular in Africa, according to a statement from WFW.

“Dually qualified in English law and French law, Rachel will help strengthen WFW’s collaborative and cross-border approach,” Romain Girtanner, partner in charge of the Paris office, said in a statement.

The departures are the latest from HSF’s European finance team, which also lost a partner in debt finance in Madrid to White & Case earlier this month.

The firm’s Paris office refreshed its leadership this month, naming a new office managing partner and four new partners to its management board.

HSF Paris now counts 120 lawyers, including 30 partners, according to information published on its website.

We would like to thank Rachel for her contribution to our market-leading banking and finance team in Paris and we wish her every success in the future,” HSF said in a statement. “We would also like to thank Eric for his valuable contribution and we wish him all the best for the next chapter.”

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