A French lawyer and judge has been appointed senior vice president and general counsel at the World Bank.

Anne-Marie Leroy, who has been a partner in charge of the department of public law in the Paris office of London’s Denton Wilde Sapte since 2005, will start her new position in March.

“The position of General Counsel is a critical one for our institution,” Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank’s president, said in a news release. “Anne-Marie Leroy brings a powerful set of skills to this important task from a rich background in government, the private sector, development, and international institutions.”

The World Bank provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is made up of two institutions owned by over 185 member countries.