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Lovells has boosted its corporate and finance practices in London, Paris and Frankfurt with five new partners.Three of the hires go to the firm’s Paris office, which has been looking to gain strength for some time.The three Paris partners are: Gilles de Poix from US firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Olivier de Precigout from Coudert Brothers in corporate and in banking Jacques Bertran de Balanda from Clifford Chance.De Balanda had formerly been the partner in charge of CC’s French desk in London.In London the firm has appointed corporate lawyer Nicholas Parden Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a partner.The last hire is in Germany, where the firm has hired another Freshfields senior solictor lawyer as a partner. Katrin Solmecke formerly based in Cologne will now be based in the firm’s Frankfurt office.Lovells’ corporate head Hugh Nineham said: “There is a lot of competition for high quality transactional lawyers. In these circumstances it gives us a special pleasure to be welcoming five new corporate and finance partners to the firm.”

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