DLA Piper nabs three tax partners from Reed Smith

February 22, 2018 DLA Piper has poached a trio of tax partners from Reed Smith, just over a year after they moved to Reed Smith following the collapse of legacy SJ Berwin.

DLA’s new recruits Raphaël Béra, Fanny Combourieu, and Sylvie Vansteenkiste originally joined Reed Smith in January last year, as part of a massive hiring spree that reached up to 50 fee-earners, not just from SJ Berwin but also King & Wood Mallesons.

Along with the now-departing tax trio, Reed Smith also hired corporate and private equity partners Guilain Hippolyte and Pierre-Louis Périn in addition to competition and antitrust partners Marc Lévy and Natasha Tardif.

DLA’s global co-chair of tax Roderik Bouwman commented that tax advice is in “very high demand” and that the trio’s “outstanding reputation as tax specialists” will serve to enhance the current team’s expertise.

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