| 01 April 2016

Pinsent Masons has been named International Law Firm of the Year for the second time at the renowned Trophées du Droit awards in Paris.

The 2016 law awards honour the best in legal services and comprise of a judging panel of some of the most influential in house lawyers and General Counsel in France.

In addition, the firm’s IP team was also awarded a silver trophy for ‘Best Specialised Teams: Patents’.

Since it’s opening in 2012, the Paris office has doubled in size, making a number of significant hires in recent years including Stéphane Gasne from East African Development Bank, Franck Lagorce from Winston & Strawn as well as Peter Rosher, Frederic Gillion and Eugénie Berthet from Clifford Chance, Fenwick Elliott and Mazars respectively.

Christoph Maurer, head of Pinsent Masons’ Paris office said: “This is an excellent achievement which reflects the strides being made by the firm in becoming an international market leader. Our strategic investment in talent across our core sectors is what enables us to achievement our commitment to excellence and I would like to extend my congratulations to the team.”

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Finance, Projects, energy and natural resources | 01 April 2016

International law firm Pinsent Masons has been shortlisted in the 2016 Legal Business Awards for three categories, ‘Law Firm of the Year’, ‘Energy & Infrastructure Team’ and ‘Finance Team of the Year’.

Shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year, Pinsent Masons has been recognised by the judges as a firm that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in innovation, financial performance, international expansion and client satisfaction.

In addition, Pinsent Masons is shortlisted for Energy & Infrastructure Team of the Year for advising the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust on the procurement and negotiation of the first ever healthcare PF2 project.

Pinsent Masons’ Finance team has also been shortlisted for its innovative approach to client service for US fund, Lone Star.

The Legal Business Award winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on 7th April 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.


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