Olivier Vermeulen Appointed Chair of Paul Hastings’ Paris Office
Olivier Vermeulen is one of the leading French lawyers in leveraged finance and fund finance. Vermeulen’s practice includes representing private equity sponsors, debt funds, financial institutions, and companies in their complex finance transactions. Olivier
Olivier Vermeulen said: "It is a huge privilege to accept this new role as Office Chair of the Paris Office and to contribute to its development. I am honored to work with the many talents and experts across Paul Hastings to develop the full potential of Paul Hastings European platform. It is an exciting challenge to lead our Paris office into the future and I will put all my drive and energy in doing so.”
Olivier Vermeulen’s appointment, in a time of fundamental changes in the legal industry globally as well as in France, reflects the dynamism and ambition of Paul Hastings.
“The French legal market faces new challenges resulting notably from the arrival of new strong competitors and a changing economic landscape, and Paul Hastings’ Paris office is up for these challenges,” explained Olivier Vermeulen. We are committing to accelerate profitable growth including by acquiring new talents to consolidate our core activities and, in particular, continue to develop our Private Equity and Finance practices. As one of today’s fastest growing law firms, we recognize the need to aim higher, work smarter and find the opportunities hidden in times of change. These goals were successfully pursued by Olivier Deren and I will ensure that we will continue to elevate the Paris office as a leader in our market.”
Overseeing a significant phase in the development of the firm in France during the last seven years, Olivier Deren welcomes Olivier Vermeulen’ s nomination: "I am very pleased to see Olivier take on the role of Office Chair and I am totally confident that he will prove an inspiring and innovative leader for us here in France while the firm pursues its European development. Olivier’s outstanding skill and his deep commitment will prove crucial assets in his work to further grow the firm’s reputation here in Paris.”
The appointment follows a strong year for Paul Hastings globally and in France. The firm’s gross revenue rose 9.1 percent to $1.22 billion in 2018, the
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