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09 March 2017

Allen & Overy Paris has announced the arrival of Driss Bererhi as a partner in the Banking & Finance team and the Infrastructure and Energy group of the Paris office, accompanied by Tzvétomira Pacheva, senior associate.

Driss Bererhi is a specialist in banking and financing law, with a specific expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors. He worked on leading infrastructure projects in France during his time at Freshfields and Willkie Farr, and then subsequently as a partner at Bird & Bird. He is one of the most recognised and well-regarded specialists in Parisian legal circles.

The arrival of Driss aims to build on the excellence of the Banking and Finance, Infrastructure and Energy teams in the Paris office, in line with the firm’s outstanding global practice.  As a result, A&O Paris now has a full range of advisers in public/regulatory law, M&A and financing, who can work alongside industrial companies, investment funds, financial institutions and public sector bodies.

Speaking of his appointment, Driss Bererhi said: “I am pleased to be joining Allen & Overy to be part of a very fine team that I know well. I was attracted by the ambition of the partners in the Paris office, which is supported by an exceptional international network and I am looking forward to working with international colleagues to deliver cross-border expertise to our clients.”

Romaric Lazerges and Alexandre Ancel, heads of the Infrastructure Group and the Energy Group in Paris respectively, stated: “We are enthusiastic about welcoming Driss, whom we have come to know in recent years on numerous projects. With his arrival, we aim to reaffirm the position of our team among the leading providers in the marketplace and to offer our French and international clients expertise of the highest quality on every type of greenfield and brownfield project in the Infrastructure and Energy sectors.”

Adrian Mellor and Rod Cork, partners in the Banking & Finance practice, added: “The arrival of Driss in the Banking practice at the Paris office reflects the dynamism of our department, which will now have eight partners, including Driss. It is very much part of our business development strategy.”

For further information please contact Susanna Robinson on susanna.robinson@allenovery.com or +44 (0)208 3088 3918.