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Michel Petite, the former director-general of the legal service at the European Commission, is joining Clifford Chance this month, the firm announced. Petite joins the firm as of counsel in the Paris office. He will provide strategic advice to the firm’s global client base on a range of European Union policies, working closely with antitrust, trade, banking and taxation and other groups. He will also advise on international commercial law and litigation at the World Trade Organization court. In his most recent position, Petite headed a staff of 200, providing advice on proposed legislation, decisions and investigations into companies accused of breaking EU laws. He also presented the European Commission at the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, and the World Trade Organization. He has worked at the commission for more than 28 years in a number of senior positions. Clifford Chance has 27 offices in 20 countries and 3,800 legal advisers, according to the firm’s Web site.

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