09:41, November 30 274 0

2016-11-30 09:41:16
Exclusive: Olswang Paris to disband ahead of CMS merger

Olswang’s Paris office has been shut out of the merger negotiations with CMS and Nabarro, The Lawyer understands.

Sources in the market say that the Paris team, led by France managing partner Guillaume Kessler, is expected to disband by the end of the year after not being invited to negotiate a merger with CMS’s local office.

“They were not given a choice,” a partner close to the firm said. “They were simply not entered into negotiations.”

It is also understood that the 18 staff, 16 of which are fee earners, has moved to Regus temporary office space in the city, as the office lease terminates at the end of this year.

“There is no global strategy. As a group it doesn’t exist any more,” a source told The Lawyer.

The future of the remaining European Olswang offices is yet unknown, although the Munich office is thought to be in talks to join US firm Cooley.

Olswang currently has six offices outside of the UK, four of which are in Europe, and a total of 14 partners across its network.

Olswang’s Paris office led by Guillaume Kessler has seven partners, while Munich has five partners and Madrid and Brussels have a sole partner each, Blanca Escribano and Dirk Van Liedekerke.