Herbert Smith Freehills
has recruited real estate specialist David Lacaze, partner in the international real estate practice, along with a senior lawyer, based in Paris.
Lacaze, a highly experienced practitioner with over 15 years' experience in the field, and team join from Paul Hasting's Paris office.
The veteran lawyer who has an international client portfolio that includes leading financial institutions and investment funds specialises in complex cross-border real estate transactions.
He has also developed a sub-specialism in the hospitality and leisure sector – and was involved in one of the largest pan-European acquisitions in the sector to date.
Lacaze is a member of the Paris bar and holds a DEA in business and economic law from the University of Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne and is a graduate from HEC Business School, Paris.
He will work closely with HSF’s real estate partners in Europe, including Paris-based partners Pierre Popesco and Florence Chérel to cater to even more clients in the hospitality and leisure sectors.
"I'm delighted to welcome a senior lawyer of such high calibre to our top-tier global real estate practice,” says the firm’s Donald Rowlands.
“The addition of David to our Paris team will be crucial to helping us deliver on our ambitious plans for the growth of our European real estate practice and will complement the investments we have made in Germany and Madrid to augment our top-tier UK and French practices,” Rowlands, who oversees UK/EMEA real estate for the firm, adds.
Pierre Popesco and Florence Chérel, real estate partners in Paris, add, “David's arrival is a very significant milestone for the real estate practice in the Paris office and will undoubtedly be of benefit to our clients. His background and expertise perfectly complements our existing strong team which has, in recent years, been involved in a number of key instructions for both French and international clients. We look forward to working as a close team, supported by our wider real estate practice, to continue to build a leading international offering.”
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