Katia Merten-Lentz, a lawyer on the Paris and Brussels Bars, and Thierry Schoen, a lawyer on the Paris and New York Bars, are candidates, in pairs, for the following elections to the Council of the Bar of Paris. They return to their respective backgrounds and the areas the place they assume they’ll convey essentially the most to their colleagues, particularly the European and worldwide dimensions.
Posters Parisiennes: You could have determined to be candidates the election of the Council of the Order of the Bar of Paris. Are you able to introduce us to your profession?
Katia Merten-Lentz: I took my oath in 1995, Strasbourg. Within the early 2000s, I moved to Brussels to affix Gide and observe agribusiness legislation. Since then, I work in Brussels and Paris. For the previous 5 years, I’ve been working with the American agency Keller and Heckman, who can also be a specialist within the agri-food sector worldwide. Now we have 5 places of work: Washington, San Francisco, Shanghai, Brussels and Paris. This group could be very helpful as a result of I can accompany my purchasers internationally, no matter their mission, by European experience, but additionally Chinese language and American.
PY : The agribusiness is your specialty …
Okay. M.-L. Sure, I’m specialised in European agribusiness legislation. I’m registered on the two bars of Paris and Brussels, with a important affiliation Paris.
Thierry Schoen: I’m Alsatian and I’ve 35 years of observe immediately. I’m a lawyer on the bars of Paris and New York. After Sciences Po Strasbourg and a grasp's diploma in legislation Assas, I went to comply with an LLM in america, the place I began my profession at Sullivan & Cromwell. I then spent 10 years in Paris, at Cleary Gottlieb, earlier than becoming a member of Clifford Likelihood, at all times Paris. Initially, I used to be a tax skilled, like Jean-Michel Tron, the affiliate who recruited me at Cleary Gottlieb. In reality, Jean-Michel launched into mergers & acquisitions when these points grew to become vital in France. I then adopted this orientation, engaged on many emblematic operations of the Paris sq.. So my job is mergers and acquisitions and capital markets, however since I've touched on different areas comparable to large monetary disputes, I’d say that, ultimately, I’ve a reasonably generalist observe, with a tropism for industrial prospects.
I even have a administration expertise at Clifford Likelihood, the place I used to be a member of the chief committee for ten years. I even have expertise in administration, once more, for ten years, one of many leaders of the worldwide observe of mergers & acquisitions. If we’re learn by our confreres, I want to make out there to the Order these administration and administration abilities.
PY : In your facet, Katia Merten-Lentz, why did you resolve to be a candidate?
Okay. M.-L. Primarily as a result of my profession is a bit odd, from a geographical perspective. I’ve one foot Paris and one other Brussels. I’m properly conscious of European considerations and people of attorneys who, like me, are expatriates, and observe the worldwide whereas sustaining a important attachment Paris. I can each perceive these confreres, help them, and characterize them within the Council of the Order. The opposite motive is my skilled observe, which could be very particular. I had a troublesome begin within the growth of this agribusiness exercise that was neither recognized nor acknowledged inside giant constructions.
Right now, I’m a worldwide affiliate in a US legislation agency with solely 40 associates all over the world. I perceive completely properly the confreres, younger or previous, who face difficulties within the development of their profession or their constructions. Lastly, my 10-year expertise at Gide allowed me to have fun our future Btonnier Olivier Cousi and we expect Thierry and I can usefully accompany him inside the Order to help his initiatives.
PY : In what particular areas do you assume are helpful on the Paris Bar?
Okay. M.-L. Now we have modified with a number of members of the Council of the Order. So far as I'm involved, I may very well be very helpful inside the European cell, due to my information of the establishments and the workings of the foyer. Many European mechanisms are nonetheless unknown, despite the fact that they concern us straight. That is the case for a variety of vital selections regarding the working guidelines of the authorized occupation, that are taken straight on the European stage, for instance the introduction of personalised solicitation, ensuing from texts and case legislation. of the CJEU. I will probably be delighted to do extra instructing on these matters, to be able to convey these mechanisms nearer to all our confreres.
PY : And also you, Thierry Schoen?
T. S.: Relating to the explanations for my dedication, to start with, we’ve got, at Clifford Likelihood, a particular relationship, established for a few years, with the Council of the Order, the place the Cupboard has many members. My accomplice and buddy Thomas Baudesson was the detonator. As well as, I consider that enterprise corporations are under-represented on the Faculty stage. It is crucial for them to be current as a result of they convey know-how, experience, imaginative and prescient, a way of working collectively that will probably be helpful.
I additionally assume that I convey a world imaginative and prescient associated to my profession, each New York and Paris, in American corporations and in an English agency. Being Alsatian, I additionally know German tradition very properly. I’m thus, very immodestly, quadri-cultural, which constitutes an asset in the meanwhile when the Paris Bar needs to shine extra on the worldwide stage, on this interval of Brexit which represents a tragedy for Nice Britain and for Europe however an actual alternative for France. Now we have the CCI, which is an amazing success, and a pool of worldwide legislation corporations in France which is the primary in Europe.
We should construct on these strengths to additional promote Paris as a spot of legislation and develop using French legislation for operations involving worldwide points. For this goal, I may advantageously accompany the Order within the worldwide commissions. Given my background, I even have an excellent information of finance, accounting, tax issues … Additionally, I may, I hope, be helpful to the Paris Bar.
PY : You assume that Paris Place de droit might be developed immediately?
T. S.: In Paris, we’re lucky to have an ecosystem of main firms of CAC40 and SBF120 which have a worldwide attain. These firms are very energetic overseas, the place they typically understand nearly all of their turnover. For attorneys, this represents a major potential clientele, which is joined by a lot of funding funds, enterprise capital funds and high-tech firms, that are rising quickly. This ecosystem is there and solely must be developed. I can thus contribute to convey the Order of Paris nearer to firms. We even have very highly effective banks, in addition to the BPI, and the Authorities manifests the need to maneuver on this course.
The Order actually has to serve companies. Right now, all of that is occurring within the French legislation market, with main French and worldwide enterprise corporations working very properly with these gamers. So we’ve got a map taking part in collectively on the European stage. There usually are not many capitals in continental Europe which have all these options. France can also be a really centralized nation and most of its exercise is concentrated within the Paris area.
The Bar of Paris should seize this implausible alternative, and I’ll assist it to be extra engine within the realization of this ambition.
Okay. M.-L. Thierry is true to insist on this level, which I repeatedly observe in my exercise. Thus, my American associates didn’t appear to understand, earlier than I be part of my present cupboard, how a lot within the agri-food discipline, a very powerful firms on the world stage are French. Now we have an unbelievable pool, not simply in my discipline of exercise. It’s as much as us to reinforce it, to put it on the market.
Thierry and I’ve this widespread need to help the forest to strengthen the affect of Paris. We typically have the sensation that French attorneys, normally, and Parisian attorneys, specifically, have misplaced this dimension of view and energy of the Paris Bar. Now, think about that I come out of an appointment with the drummer Olivier Sur who jogged my memory that Paris is the primary place on this planet proper in lots of areas, comparable to arbitration, human rights … It's as much as us to assist the Order proceed on this spear.
PY : This radiation, you’ll implement it for the advantage of all confreres. There may be exactly within the occupation, particularly younger confreres, who face difficulties, significantly by way of set up. What are you able to inform them?
T. S.: I consider we characterize constructions that generate a good portion of worker hires, and due to this fact alternatives for collaboration for our younger individuals. What I’d say about our confreres who face difficulties is that the demand for authorized providers, on the entire, exhibits a rising development. Many components are producing alternatives for them, such because the RGPD provisions, the Sapin 2 legislation, the internationalization of shoppers, the significance of worldwide buyers in French firms (whether or not European, American or Chinese language), and now Brexit. All of this creates a rising demand for legislation. So there are robust fundamentals for our younger confreres to belief.
I additionally assume that our enterprise places of work characterize nurseries for these younger individuals. Quite a few our workers, after rising up with us, select to take up the problem of the set up, and a few of them with nice success. Seeing these collaborators settle and develop is, for us, a really nice satisfaction.
PY : You additionally wish to contribute to the welfare of attorneys. Are you able to clarify how?
Okay. M.-L. We take nice care of our workers. Thierry has a components that I like. He says they’re simply as vital as our prospects. We work with them every day, so we rely on them. To be able to facilitate their day-to-day operations, we’ve got arrange very particular processes inside our places of work that assure the perfect working situations, comparable to procedures for inside management, reporting, analysis of our associates to anticipate and higher allocate workloads and be sure that exemplary conduct is maintained always.
PY : There may be nonetheless a distinction, particularly for ladies, particularly with regard to the affiliation …
Okay. M.-L. Sure, this distinction exists. I’m conscious of the glass ceiling. That mentioned, minds are transferring in the appropriate course. There’s a actual consciousness, together with within the cupboards the place the associates are overwhelmingly males. It’s as much as us immediately to permit all girls to have the ability to seize the alternatives provided to them, as I’ve completed, despite the fact that, personally, I’ve been lucky by no means to really feel any issue in being a lady to train our occupation.
T. S.: As Katia simply reminded us, minds have developed. There may be thus an consciousness contained in the workplace the place I observe. Amongst our purchasers, fairly often, the groups of authorized departments are girls and they’re due to this fact very delicate to those points. At Clifford Likelihood, we arrange a system to advertise girls, with the intention of considerably strengthening their illustration inside the affiliation. Thus, Paris, 20% of the associates are immediately girls, and this development is, for ten years, the rise, with a rising feminization of the promotions of associs.
Now we have additionally put in place work methods that profit girls, but additionally males, permitting them to work at home if they want, so long as they’re out there to our prospects as a result of the primary position of the lawyer. We consider that our persons are our biggest asset, and that the occupation, all ranges of duty, is an asset that must be additional promoted. To deal successfully with the problem of equal alternatives for men and women in legislation corporations, additionally it is vital that the impulse come from the highest, supported by administration on the highest stage. With us, that is clearly the case, each in Paris and internationally. We are going to be sure that the Faculty can also be exemplary on this regard.
Okay. M.-L. I hope I might be an instance of a lady going by all of the steps, from the stage to the affiliation in a discipline that’s extra particular, whereas having my daughter raised and having a “regular” life, it’s – say wealthy and balanced. I can solely encourage my consurs to progress in the way in which of parity. Ladies now undoubtedly have their place as associates whatever the dimension of their construction.
PY : Why ought to your confreres vote for you?
Okay. M.-L. For equivalent and complementary causes, Thierry and I can characterize them on the worldwide stage, at European stage, in all their variety and every stage of their profession. Our message is predicated on our respective experiences and convictions. It isn’t about wishful considering or saying results, however honest and real commitments.
T. S.: It is crucial that the Faculty combine all elements of the occupation. Enterprise corporations, particularly worldwide ones, are a part of this ecosystem. A big a part of the Council of the Order is immediately constituted of pnalistes, attorneys of the litigation and civilians, which constitutes clearly an unheard-of wealth. Nonetheless, it will be significant that transactional attorneys and enterprise attorneys are additionally represented within the bigger household of the occupation, for an Order that resembles us, and brings us collectively.