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Paul Hastings Bolsters Paris Office with Addition of Tax Partner Allard de Waal

April 12, 2006

Paul Hastings Bolsters Paris Office with Addition of Tax Partner Allard de Waal

Paris, FR (April 12, 2006) – Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Paul Hastings), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that Allard de Waal, previously at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, will join the firm’s Tax Department, resident in the Paris office. Allard’s practice focuses on tax issues relating to transactional matters, particularly private equity transactions and mergers & acquisitions, and the tax structuring of private equity funds.  He brings over 20 years of tax experience to the firm.

“One of Paul Hastings main objectives is to expand our transactional capabilities around the globe,” said Doug Schaaf, Paul Hastings Tax Department Chair. “Allard’s wealth of experience in transactional corporate matters will further complement our strong private equity and M+A practices and will be a tremendous asset to our clients in Paris and throughout Europe.”

“Recruiting top talent that will bring additional depth to our core competencies is a key focus for the Paris office,” said Dominique Borde, Paul Hastings’ Paris Office Chair.  “The addition of Allard will reinforce Paul Hastings’ position as one of the preeminent tax practices in Paris. He is a highly regarded lawyer, an outstanding addition to the Paris office and an exceptional resource to our offices in London and Milan.”

Allard is a graduate of HEC, the most prestigious French business school, where he earned magna cum laude honors. He earned his law degree from the University of Paris XI, Sceaux and was admitted to the Paris bar in 1995. His most recent engagements include assisting Goldman Sachs in connection with the restructuring and sale of Autodis, the recapitalization of Eutelsat and the IPO of Legrand.  Allard furthermore regularly represents Montagu (ex HSBC) and Vestar on French issues related to their fund structure.

The Paul Hastings Tax Practice provides premier and far reaching tax services to clients across all industries and types of businesses and across both established and emerging economies and markets.  The transactional practice covers mergers and acquisitions, capital market offerings, investment and joint venture structuring, leasing, structured and project finance, and financial product planning and structuring.  Paul Hastings is internationally known as having one of the preeminent tax practices in telecommunications, real estate, executive compensation, and tax-exempt and tax-favored investments.
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, founded in 1951, is a leading international law firm with 1,000 attorneys in 17 offices. The firm serves a diverse client base including many of the top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies, supports clients in all of their legal needs and offers deep capabilities in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M+A, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Project Finance, Investment Management, Real Estate, Labor and Employment and Tax Advisory Services. For additional information, please visit our website at

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