Simmons & Simmons has bolstered its intellectual property practice with a double hire from Reed Smith in Paris.
Reed Smith European IP head Marina Couste joined the U.K. firm’s base in the French capital on Monday alongside fellow IP partner Francois Jonqueres.
Couste and Jonqueres have been at Reed Smith since May 2011, having come from the now-defunct firm Howrey. Before that, Couste ran her own Paris firm, Couste & Couste, for more than 20 years.
Their clients include GlaxoSmithKline, Mitsubishi, Essilor, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, the Pasteur Institute and AstraZeneca.
They are joining Simmons with of counsel Romain Viret.
“Their arrival reinforces our position as a strong and solid practice acting for many of the world’s major companies,” said Simmons IP head Rowan Freeland. “We are all looking forward to working with the new team.”
Earlier this year, Simmons also recruited IP partner Michael Burdon, the former head of legacy Olswang’s European patent litigation team.
“This is the third lateral hire for the international IP team in the last year and reflects the continued growth of our practice and sector strategy,” said international dispute resolution head Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff.
Simmons has been rebuilding its IP practice since a flurry of exits last year. Four partners left to join Allen & Overy: practice head Marc Doering and the London-based trio Mark Heaney, David Stone and Marjan Noor.