Eversheds Sutherland snags McDermott’s corporate criminal law partner

A view shows the financial and business district of La Defense in Puteaux near Paris, France, February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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  • Alexis Werl will lead the White Collar Crime and Compliance practice
  • Eversheds has recently added more lawyers in Paris to its tax and real estate teams

(Reuters) – British-American law firm Eversheds Sutherland said on Monday it has hired a partner for its white collar crime, internal investigations and compliance practice in Paris from McDermott Will & Emery.

New hire Alexis Werl is expected to lead the practice, which reports to Eversheds Sutherland’s litigation and arbitration group, the firm said.

Eversheds has recently recruited several more lawyers in Paris, expanding its real estate and tax teams.

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Werl brings with him attorney Jonathan Trèves who also worked at McDermott, according to Eversheds.

Previously, Werl was a renowned partner at Parisian litigation firm Teitgen Werl Avocats and worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Weil, Gotshal and Manges, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Werl and Trier will work on matters of white collar crime and multi-jurisdictional investigations, as well as risk prevention and anti-corruption compliance, Eversheds Sutherland said.

According to a 2016 statement from McDermott, Werl was involved in Bettencourt’s criminal proceedings. In the L’Oréal affair, the heiress Françoise Meyers Bettencourt accused the famous photographer François-Marie Banier of having defrauded her mother suffering from dementia up to a billion euros.

A spokesperson for McDermott was unavailable to comment on Werl and Trier’s departure.

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