DLA Piper is adding three lawyers, including one partner, to its private equity practice in Paris—the latest in a series of recent moves by firms to bolster their deal teams in the busy French PE market.
Thomas Priolet will join on Sept. 12 from D’Ornano & Co., a multidisciplinary finance, corporate, IP and tax firm in Paris, where he has practiced as a partner since 2021. He began his career at Salans, now Dentons, in 2010 and joined Bredin Prat in 2014, rising to counsel.
Two associates, Morgane Leduc and Sarah Gardes, will be joining DLA Piper at the same time as Priolet, according to a statement from the firm announcing the moves.
France is a key market for DLA Piper’s private equity practice, the firm said, adding that the arrivals are part of a broader international drive to strengthen its private equity offering.
“Thomas is a well-known and highly experienced practitioner in the increasingly competitive French private equity market,” Bob Bishop, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s corporate practice, said in a statement. “We look forward to his contribution.”
Several international firms have added strength to their private equity teams in Paris in recent months. Eversheds Sutherland added a seven-lawyer corporate team from CMS Francis Lefebvre in June, and Squire Patton Boggs has added four partners to its PE team since last July.
The market has grown not only in deals but in firms, with several boutique launches since the beginning of 2021 headed by veterans of Big Law and elite French firms.