DAC Beachcroft launches in Paris with the recruitment of a team of eight lawyers from local law firm HMN & Partners.

The team, led by partners Vladimir Rostan of Ancezune and Christophe Wucher North, will focus on the global and national insurance and industrial risk sector. The partnership duo will bring together six HMN network partners to launch the office, which will open Monday (7 January).

In a statement, the DACB said its team had "extensive experience" in international work in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, the United States and Singapore, which is consistent with the company's presence British in these areas.

The team will initially share temporary offices in the French capital with Reed Smith and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, while seeking to settle in a permanent home later this year.

DACB Managing Partner, David Pollitt, said he wanted the firm to become "the leading provider of insurance legal advice in France."

"This is an exciting development, part of our international strategy to develop our footprint in strategic centers and continue to strengthen the international support we provide to our customers," he said. -he declares. "Paris is an important hub for international insurance work, as well as a gateway to the strong domestic market."

Outside the United Kingdom, DACB has offices in Ireland, Spain, the United States, Singapore, Mexico, Colombia and Chile. Last year, the company also joined the Globalign four-way legal alliancewhich includes Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker of the United States, German insurance leader Bach Langheid Dallmayr and Australian insurance specialist Wotton + Kearney.

France was a target for several international companies in 2018, with many cite Brexit as a catalyst for a renewed interest. In October, an American company Kirkland and Ellis sealed the lease of two Linklaters partners to settle in the French capital, and in November White & Case makes a trio of hires at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe strengthen its presence in the city.

DACB is also preparing for moves into new London space at Walbrook building in the second quarter of this year.