Jones Day hires five in Paris

Jones Day has hired a five-strong team in its Paris financial markets practice, including four Gide Loyrette Nouel lawyers led by the French firm’s former head of financial services Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville.

Jones Day announced the hires on 27 May.

As well as de Tocqueville, three Gide associates have joined the firm – led by Matthieu Ollivry, who joins Jones Day as counsel, while Catherine Feunteun and Charles Smith will remain as associates at the new firm.

The four hires from Gide are joined by a fifth hire, associate Diane Richebourg, who joins from DS Avocats.

De Tocqueville joins after 28 years at Gide, where he headed the financial services team. He advises banks and other financial institutions on regulatory matters, as well as on market abuse, financial crime and international sanctions issues.

He often participates in working groups of France’s finance ministry, Financial Markets Authority (AMF) and Prudential Control and Resolution Authority (ACPR).

At Jones Day he will advise local and international banks on structural, regulatory, operational and compliance issues, including know-your-client and anti-money laundering, as well as licensing, prudential and change of control matters.

He is admitted to practice in Paris and New York.

“I have known Jean-Guillaume for 25 years and have always been impressed by his professionalism, his network, and his ability to advise boards, leaders and top managers on the most complex issues,” said Alban Caillemer du Ferrage, who chairs Jones Day’s financial markets practice for Europe, Africa and Asia.

“He has built the best reputation as a skilled lawyer with a deep understanding of how financial institutions and regulators operate in France and Europe,” he added.

Outside of his legal practice, de Tocqueville chairs a foundation devoted to the political ideals of his 19th century ancestor Alexis de Tocqueville, a key figure in France’s July Monarchy and Second Republic whose 1835 analysis of the US political system, titled Democracy in America, is considered one of the foundational classics of political science.

Of the three Gide associates to join Jones Day, both Feunteun and Smith are regulatory practitioners.

Feunteun, who holds a doctorate in regulatory capital, advises banks, payment institutions and management companies on prudential and ESG matters. She began her career as a trainee in bank lending at Arendt & Medernach in Luxembourg in 2011, before moving on to Ashurst the following year and then pursuing her doctorate at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She joined Gide in 2018.

Smith, who began his career at Gide in 2019, is expected to advise on both regulatory and litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on anti-money laundering and international sanctions.

Ollivry joins Jones Day after a decade at Gide, which he joined in 2011 from August Debouzy. Earlier in his career he did a one-year stint at White & Case after training at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He practises principally in banking litigation, including shareholders conflicts and investigations, and has also acted in litigation related to the collapse of the late Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Richebourg, who joins after three years at DS Avocats, specialises in advising on fintech, blockchain and crypto-finance, and will focus particularly on payment services while at Jones Day.

Neither Gide nor DS Avocats responded to request for comment.

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