UK: Clyde & Co and French Lawyers, HPMBC, to Merge
Merger Creates Leading Insurance Practice in France
Last Updated: 1 May 2002

On 1st May 2002, Clyde & Co is to merge with Honig Preel Mettetal Buffat Coulon (HPMBC) a 30 lawyer Paris firm, with a branch office in Nantes.

Clyde & Co’s existing Paris office, led by Gildas Rostain, will get together with HPMBC led by Gérard Honig, Jean-Marie Preel and Bernard Mettetal, in the latter’s offices in rue Magellan.

The new venture will be styled HPMBC Clyde & Co. Its primary focus is Insurance and related risks work, in particular Aviation, Marine, Transportation, Energy, Product Liability, Construction and Industrial Risks. The aim is to increase work in these core areas and to develop the firm’s corporate and commercial capability to service the many clients of the combined operation.

Clients of HPMBC will benefit from access to specialist Clyde & Co offices around the world and Clyde & Co clients will have access to an operation in Paris which leads in most fields of Insurance/Risk Management.

Commenting on the merger, Michael Payton, Senior Partner of Clyde & Co says :

"We have worked with Gérard Honig and Bernard Mettetal of HPMBC over many years; we know each other well and get on together. HPMBC is pre-eminent in non-Marine Insurance, particularly Aviation, Energy and Product Liability and has advised on many high profile cases in France. Combine this with the strong, predominantly Marine Insurance work of our Paris office and we shall be the leading Insurance practice in France – and Paris is one of the three major Insurance centres of the world."

Gildas Rostain, head of the existing Clyde & Co office in Paris adds:

"We share the same ambitions and shall be looking at other opportunities in France as well as elsewhere in Europe. It’s an exciting development for both of us."

Gérard Honig, co-founder of HPMBC, comments:

"We have known Clyde & Co for many years and this seemed a natural for us. Their Marine practice combined with our own Aviation and Product Liability practice is an obvious fit. We shall build on this and look at other opportunities. Our common objectives make this a very positive move."

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