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June 18, 2019

King & Spalding Recruits Former Senior European Commission Official

PARIS, June 18, 2019 – King & Spalding has hired Hervé Jouanjean, a former senior European Commission (EC) official, as a senior trade expert in the firm’s International Trade Practice, based in Paris and Brussels.

Jouanjean has held numerous senior positions at the EC, including Director in the Directorate-General for Trade, Deputy Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Commission in Geneva to the International Organisations (WTO and UN) and Deputy Secretary-General of the EC in charge of inter-institutional relations. In addition, as the Director-General for Budget, he managed the regulatory framework for the budget, promoted sound financial management of EC funds and reported on budget implementation. He was most recently Of Counsel at Fidal, where he joined from the EC in 2014 and was in charge of European affairs at the firm.

“Hervé has more than 30 years of experience working in senior roles at the very heart of the EC so his knowledge of the innerworkings of the Commission is of the highest standard,” said Steve Orava, chair of the firm’s International Trade Group. “His expertise across trade policy, internal market and financial issues adds an exciting new dynamic to our practice and offers our clients a first-rate resource for EC and trade-related advice.”

Jouanjean will work closely with Brussels-based international trade specialist Marie-Sophie Dibling, who recently joined the firm as a partner from Fidal. Jouanjean is also the latest former senior trade official to have joined King & Spalding in recent years, following Rambod Behboodi (former Counsellor in the WTO Rules Division), Hannes Welge (former Hearing Officer for Trade Proceedings at the EC) and Hamid Mamdouh (former WTO Secretariat as Director of the Trade in Services and Investment Division). All three are based in the firm’s Geneva office.

“With the addition of Hervé, we now have on-the-ground trade experts in Brussels, Geneva and London, which are key hubs for trade in Europe and globally,” added Daniel Crosby, office managing partner in Geneva. “International trade remains one of the biggest global economic and political subjects of concern to our clients. Our continued expansion ensures that our clients have seasoned trade specialists to advise them on their most significant trade issues.”

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