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France: Hausfeld adds Paris office pursuing private enforcement against cartels

 |  January 31, 2018

Continuing its expansion efforts across the Atlantic, Hausfeld has opened an office in Paris led by partner Laurent Geelhand, who joined the firm in 2014 in order to open another international outpost in Brussels, Belgium.

Hausfeld announced the office opening in a statement on Monday, January 29, saying the firm’s operations in Europe and the UK have seen steady growth in recent years as it positioned itself to take advantage of policy reforms that have opened up more avenues for private enforcement of antitrust cases. Geelhand, a former longtime general counsel at Michelin Group Europe, will lead Hausfeld’s efforts in Paris and will be joined by of counsel Geneviève Labbe, along with several French lawyers, the firm said.

Geelhand said the expansion to France makes sense for Hausfeld given a growing demand in the country for the type of work the firm specializes in.

“Our French client base has grown exponentially in the last few years. As such, an office in Paris was a natural next step, to meet the demand,” Geelhand said in a statement. “More and more we see European corporate clients proactively pursuing private enforcement against cartels.

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