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By Richard TromansJeantet & Associes is falling back against the encroaching Anglo-Saxon invasion of Europe by concentrating on its core practices of tax and M&A, and pulling out of eastern and central Europe.Jeantets’ Warsaw practice Jeantet Polska, which was owned by Francis Louvard, has been sold to Cameron McKenna. The move has allowed Camerons to snap up its representative offices in Moscow, Budapest, Prague and Bucharest.Jeantets will now focus on tax law and M&A in its Paris, Brussels and New York offices. The move to consolidate comes after a decision to drop unprofitable offices and put faith in the booming French legal market.Louvard, who spent nine years with Jeantets, is well known for his experience in advising French and other foreign investors in eastern and central Europe. Louvard said the move became inevitable when Jeantet decided not to join Linklaters & Alliance. He said: “When Jeantet quit the Alliance of European Lawyers last autumn to concentrate on the French market I was prevented from developing. “I had reached a limit. I should have invested more to survive there and to cope with the local competition. There is no room now for small firms. It was easier to deal with my major French clients through Cameron McKenna. It was my decision to go.”Louvard will move to Camerons’ London office along with senior lawyers Diane Senechal and Liubomir Rogleff. Louvard will be a consultant at Camerons. Senechal and Rogleff will be assistant solicitors.The eight Polish Jeantet lawyers at the Warsaw practice, Jeantet Polska, will now come under the control of Camerons, although they will be led by Louvard.The move brings the latest Jeantets casualty figures up to at least 11 lawyers and leaves Camerons in an even stronger position in central and eastern Europe. Cameron McKenna senior partner Bill Shelford said: “Francis adds a new dimension to Camerons’ international practice. His reputation will boost our already strong presence in eastern Europe. He also provides a significant French law capability.”Camerons already boasts the biggest international office in Poland, with more than 50 lawyers and 12 partners. Its nearest competitors in Poland are Allen & Overy, White & Case, Baker & McKenzie and top French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel Polska.

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