Paul Hastings appoints Martin to dual Paris role

The Los Angeles-based law firm has recruited one of France’s most highly-regarded real estate lawyers, as well as his three-strong team of associates. 

Paul Hastings, the Los Angeles-based law firm, has appointed Jean-Louis Martin to partner and head of real estate in the business’ Paris office.

Joining Martin at Paul Hastings will be his three associates, Arielle Messawer, David Bensimon, and Quentin Jobard, from his most recent role at the Paris office of law firm King & Wood Mallesons, where he was co-head of the European and Middle East real estate sector group.

Prior to this, Martin spent 11 years at Jones Day, where he was an associate, and four years at Clifford Chance in the role of counsel.

Martin specializes in real estate transactions, with a particular focus on acquisitions and sales of assets and portfolios, financing and formation of real estate funds. He also has extensive experience with commercial properties, logistics companies and real estate operations, and has been named one of the leading French real estate lawyers in guides such as Chambers and Legal 500.

His clients include real estate investment funds, institutional investors, sovereign funds, French and international developers.

“Jean-Louis is one of the most highly regarded real estate partners in France and is a welcome addition to our leading global practice,” said Seth Zachary, chair of Paul Hastings. “His reputation with clients in the real estate and private equity funds sectors mirrors our own strengths in our European and global offices, and he will expand and enhance the service we can provide to our clients,” added Zachary.

Martin joins other recent hires in a growing team at Paul Hastings in Paris, including leveraged finance partner Olivier Vermeulen and regulatory partner Sylvain Bergès.